Scripture for Sunday, October 15th, 2017

John 19:23-30

Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus...

23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.

24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!

27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

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

7 Words from the Cross

The "seven words from the Cross," which are preserved some by one Evangelist and some by another, form a whole which requires to be studied by itself. One is given by St. Matthew and St. Mark only. Three are peculiar to St. Luke, and three to St. John. The following list presents the order in which they appear to have been uttered.

A. Before the darkness

1. Father, forgive them; for thy know not what they do (Lk. 23:34)
2. Verily I say, Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise (Lk. 23:43)
3. Women, behold thy son!...Behold, thy mother! (Jn. 19:26-27)

B. During the darkness: towards the close

4. My God, my god, why hast thou forsaken Me? (Mt. 27:46; Mk. 15:34)

C. At the close of the darkness

5. I thirst (Jn. 19:28)
6. It is finished (Jn. 19:30)
7. Father, into thy hands I commend My spirit (Lk. 23:46)

- B.F. Westcott, The Gospel According to St. John, Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, 1971, rpt, page 278.