Seven Last Words of Christ (Morning Air)

John Morales is joined by Martha Fernandez-Sardina who reflects on the Seven Last Words of Christ. As Holy Week unfurls its sacred narrative, they explore the profound messages encapsulated in Christ’s final utterances from the cross, showcasing the magnitude of His love, mercy, and the pathway to eternal life.

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Jesus stands as the merciful intercessor between humanity and divine wrath, embodying the ultimate forgiveness by taking upon Himself the punishment for our sins. This first word invites us to embrace the liberation of divine forgiveness and to step into the light as children of God.

“Truly, I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Here, Jesus promises the joyous destiny of heaven to the repentant thief, reminding us that paradise, a state of eternal bliss and communion with God, is within reach for those who accept His saving grace and follow His path.

“Woman, behold, your son… Son, behold, your mother.” Through this poignant declaration, Jesus presents Mary, the New Eve, as the mother to all believers, entrusting us to her maternal care and urging us to embrace her as our spiritual mother, a source of strength and intercession.

“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Echoing Psalm 22, Jesus identifies with the deepest feelings of abandonment and despair to fulfill prophecy and demonstrate the extent of His solidarity with human suffering, yet also to remind us of the victory of faith and praise that awaits.

“I thirst.” This expression of physical and spiritual longing reveals Jesus’ deep desire for our love and our reciprocal love for Him. It’s a call to quench His thirst with our faith and devotion, and in turn, find our deepest yearnings fulfilled in Him.

“It is finished.” Signifying the completion of His earthly mission, Jesus declares that His sacrificial journey of love and redemption has reached its fulfillment. This invites us to reflect on our own life’s mission and the call to believe in Him as the cornerstone of our existence.

“Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” In His final breath, Jesus surrenders His spirit to the Father, exemplifying the ultimate trust and submission to God’s will. This final word encourages us to entrust our lives fully to God, finding peace and security in His eternal love.

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radio® app.