Stuart Epperson, Jr.

The stage was set. The night was dark. The forces of evil, visible and invisible, viciously swarmed upon One Man. Not just any man, but the One who carried the weight of the world on His back. He is the only Man who with just one word could have instantly eradicated all His foes—for He was the One Person who had the Word of God naturally flowing through Him. In fact, He was the very Word of God (John 1:1).

But He opened not his mouth. Not a single sermon from the Greatest Teacher of all time who taught for three years in synagogues, on boats, atop mountains, and across the Galilean countryside. Nothing but deafening silence was heard from the One who when He spoke, “the blind saw, the lame leapt, the leper was healed, and the dead were raised.” Yet, He spoke not a word in His own defense—the chief priests, the Sanhedrin, Herod, Pilate, the mob, or the soldiers.

Barely a word was spoken throughout—the Betrayal, the Interrogation, the Trial, the Questions, the Scourging, the Torture, the Mocking, the Insults—only profound silence all the way to the place of the Skull.

“And He bearing His Cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha.” (John 19:17). And then, He opened His mouth.

Seven Words of Life He cried,
Seven Words with His last breath.
Seven Words as Jesus died,
Seven Words of Life from the Tree of Death.

As blood flowed from His wounds, life flowed from his words; beginning with
“A Word of Prayer.” “Then said Jesus, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do’” (Luke 23:34 KJV). Remarkably, the Savior’s final seven sayings start with prayer. After all the torture, flogging, abuse and grueling ascent to Calvary’s hill, Christ prays. In history's darkest moment He finds himself in prayer’s familiar light. He prays a prayer of forgiveness. “Have you found the healing power of forgiveness? Have you forgiven those who have wronged you?

Then He speaks “A Word of Pardon.” “And he (the repentant thief on the cross next to Jesus) said unto Jesus, ‘Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.’
And Jesus said unto him, ‘Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise’” (Luke 23:42,43 KJV).

Two thieves asked for pardon, but only one thief was saved. ?While his broken body was suspended high in the air, his broken heart was bowed low before the Lord of Glory. Do you, like the lowly thief, see your need of divine pardon?

Stuart Epperson, Jr.

Stuart Epperson Jr. lives in Winston-Salem. He is President and Founder of Truth Broadcasting and host of nationally syndicated “Truth Talk Live.” His new book, Last Words of Jesus—First Steps To A Richer Life, and music CD, were released Feb. 15. The book is available in local bookstores and Amazon.