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The fifth word of Jesus is His only human expression of His physical suffering. Jesus is now in shock. The wounds inflicted upon him in the scourging, the crowning with thorns, losing blood on the three-hour walk through the city of Jerusalem on the Via Dolorosa to Golgotha, and the nailing upon the cross are now taking their toll.
The Gospel of John first refers to thirst when Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the well. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life" John This passage implies there is more than just physical thirst. Jesus also thirsts in a spiritual sense. He thirsts for love. He thirsts for the love of his Father, who has left him unaided during this dreadful hour when He must fulfill his mission all alone.
And he thirsts for the love and salvation of his people, the human race.
Jesus practiced what he preached:. Greater love has no man than this, That he lay down his life for his friends. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, "It is finished;" and he bowed his head and handed over the spirit. John The soldiers offered wine on a sprig of hyssop to the Lord.
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Hyssop is a small plant that was used to sprinkle the blood of the Passover Lamb on the doorposts of the Hebrews Exodus John's Gospel related that it was the Day of Preparation, the day before the actual Sabbath Passover, that Jesus was sentenced to death and sacrificed on the Cross John continues in "But when they came to Jesus and saw he was already dead, they did not break his legs," recalling the instruction in Exodus concerning the Passover Lamb.
He died at the ninth hour three o'clock in the afternoon , about the same time as the Passover lambs were slaughtered in the Temple. Christ became the Paschal or Passover Lamb, as noted by St. The innocent Lamb was slain for our sins, so that we might be forgiven. It is now a fait accomplit. The sixth word is Jesus' recognition that his suffering is over and his task is completed. Jesus is obedient to the Father and gives his love for mankind by redeeming us with His death on the Cross. The above painting is meant to capture the moment.
What was the darkest day of mankind became the brightest day for mankind. And the Gospels as a group captured this paradox. The Synoptic Gospels narrated the horror of the event - the agony in the garden, the abandonment by his Apostles, the trial before the Sanhedrin, the intense mockery and torture heaped upon Jesus, his suffering all alone, the darkness over the land, and his death, starkly portrayed by both Matthew and Mark In contrast, the passion of Jesus in the Gospel of John expresses his Kingship and proves to be His triumphant road to glory.
John presents Jesus as directing the action the entire way. The phrase "It is finished" carries a sense of accomplishment. In John, there is no trial before the Sanhedrin, but rather Jesus is introduced at the Roman trial as "Behold your King!
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Jesus is not stumbling or falling as in the Synoptic Gospels, but the way of the Cross is presented with majesty and dignity, for "Jesus went out bearing his own Cross" John When Jesus died, He "handed over" the Spirit. Jesus remained in control to the end, and it is He who handed over his Spirit. One should not miss the double entendre here, for this may also be interpreted as His death brought forth the Holy Spirit.
The Gospel of John gradually reveals the Holy Spirit.
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Jesus mentions living water in John and during the Feast of Tabernacles refers to living water as the Holy Spirit in At the Last Supper , Christ announces he would ask the Father to send "another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth" The symbolism of water for the Holy Spirit becomes more evident in John "But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.
Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. The seventh word of Jesus is from the Gospel of Luke, and is directed to the Father in heaven, just before He dies. It has been about 2, years prophetic days 5 and 6 since the Lord first came to save us from the power of sin and death.
That means that his return is VERY close. Keep in mind that although our modern calendar is already past the year 2,, it has not really been a full 2, years since the first coming of the Lord Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection about 32 AD. There are also events in the book of Daniel that must yet take place concerning the Jewish people before the "Day of The Lord" occurs see: 1 Thessalonians But although we can't set an exact date, we can be sure that the seventh prophetic day will dawn upon this sin-cursed world.
Is this a faithful prediction? The Sevens of God can also be observed in the things of Nature. It appears that the physics and chemistry of nature are structured on such a seven-base system. An example that almost everyone can relate to is Music. All the songs you hear on the radio are based on a musical system of just seven major notes:.
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Notice that the seven notes repeat, with the eighth key a higher octave of the first as you go up or down the keyboard. All other minor notes, sharps and flats, fit within the structure and harmony only seven musical notes. If you pass sunlight through a prism, it produces seven colors - the three primary colors and four secondary ones:.
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In the realm of Minerals and Geochemistry, there are seven crystal systems:. Even the Periodic Table of the known Elements appears to have seven levels of periodicity:. While fortitude is sometimes called courage , it goes beyond what we normally think of as courage. Fortitude is the virtue of the martyrs that allows them to suffer death rather than to renounce the Christian Faith.
The fifth gift of the Holy Spirit, knowledge, is often confused with both wisdom and understanding.
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Like wisdom, knowledge is the perfection of faith, but whereas wisdom gives us the desire to judge all things according to the truths of the Catholic Faith, knowledge is the actual ability to do so. Like counsel, it is aimed at our actions in this life. In a limited way, knowledge allows us to see the circumstances of our life the way that God sees them. Through this gift of the Holy Spirit, we can determine God's purpose for our lives and live them accordingly. Piety, the sixth gift of the Holy Spirit, is the perfection of the virtue of religion.
While we tend to think of religion today as the external elements of our faith, it really means the willingness to worship and to serve God. Piety takes that willingness beyond a sense of duty so that we desire to worship God and to serve Him out of love, the way that we desire to honor our parents and do what they wish. The seventh and final gift of the Holy Spirit is the fear of the Lord, and perhaps no other gift of the Holy Spirit is so misunderstood.