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Good Friday focuses on Christ’s “Seven Last Words” from the Cross

By Bongiwe Zwane-Maseko

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As thousands of emaSwati observe Good Friday today, the focus has been on Christ’s Passion. Here are the Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross.

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1) “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34).
2) “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43).
3) “Woman, behold, your son! … Behold, your mother!” (John 19:26–27).
4) “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34).
5) “I thirst” (John 19:28).
6) “It is finished” (John 19:30).
7) “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!” (Luke 23:46).

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For many churches, the Easter weekend celebrations will end on Sunday, where celebrations will be focused on the risen Christ, bringing an end to Holy Week.

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