The Last Words of Jesus on the Cross - BibelCenter [apparent] contradictions
The Last Words of Jesus on the Cross
von Wolfgang Schneider

Luke 23:46:
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

John 19:30:
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

In a study of the last words which Jesus spoke from the cross it must be noted that the four gospel records do not necessarily record the exact same events and words but rather these four records do complement each other and together give a complete and comprehensive accurate and harmonious overall picture of what happened.

Both sayings mentioned above belong to those last words which Jesus spoke shortly before his death from the cross. When we look carefully at the records in the four gospels about the last hours of his suffering on the cross, we note that Jesus most likely spoke first those words recorded in Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34. Then followed after a short while his words to his mother and the disciple standing next to her which are recorded in John 19:26-28. After that followed a loud cry which is mentioned in John 19:30, Matthew 27:50 and Mark 15:37 when Jesus now knew that everything had been accomplished and all was fulfilled. The very last words were perhaps those recorded in Luke 23:46.

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