The Seven Last Words of Jesus on The Cross
Christ on the Cross
In this 17th century Flemish painting, the artist has isolated the image of Christ on the cross against the darkness, which followed Jesus' crucifixion from noon until 3pm (Mt 27:45-46). Jesus dying on the cross for the sins of the world is a demonstration of Jesus' perfect love that did not seek its own, but the will of the Father (1 Cor 13:4-8), and of God's great love towards people. On the cross God provided a sacrifice for sin, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16).
1627 (oil on panel), Dyck, Sir Anthony van (1599-1641) Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, Belgium / Giraudon / The Bridgeman Art Library
"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."
"I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."
Speaking to Mary and John:
"Dear woman, here is your son… Here is your mother."
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
"I am thirsty."
"It is finished."
"Father, into your hands I commit my spirit."