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What section in the Bible features the last words of Jesus?

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03/18/2007

John 19:30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. Matthew 27:50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. Mark 15:37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. Luke 23:44 Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last. One could assume that Luke (presuming, for the sake of simplicity only, that the authors of the books correspond to the names of the books) was close enough to hear what Jesus cried out in a loud voice, while Matthew and Mark did not. John could've been even closer, close enough to hear a quieter final sentence. Acts 1:7-8 He [Jesus, see Acts 1:1-6] said to them, "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holly Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." What were his last words? Matthew: "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani, that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (xxvii, 46). Mark: "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani, which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (xv, 34.) Luke: "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit" (xxiii, 46). John: "It is finished" (xix, 30). Why the contradicting statements? Because none of the four (John, Matthew, Luke, Mark) were present during the crucifixion. In other words, sources are from hearsays. Were the disciples present at the crucifixion? No (John 19); except the "disciple whom Jesus love." John 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! John: "And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost" (xx, 22). This was on the evening of the resurrection. Forty days after this he said to them "Ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence" (Acts i, 5). Acts: "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come ... they were all filled with the Holy Ghost" (ii, 1-4). This was seven weeks after the resurrection. 452 On what day of the week did it occur? John: "The first day of the week" (xx, 19). John, like the author of the first Gospel, is evidently ignorant of the Jewish method of reckoning time. He makes the evening (it was night) following the first day a part of that day instead of the next day to which it belonged. 453 Did Thomas receive the Holy Ghost? John: He did not. He was absent when the disciples received it (xx, 19-25). 454 Who had Jesus said would send the Holy Ghost to his disciples? "The Comforter which is the Holy Ghost whom the Father will send" (John xiv, 26). "I [Jesus] will send him unto you" (xvi, 7). 455 What effect had the Holy Ghost upon them? Acts: They "began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (ii, 4). Concerning this "gift" Greg says: "Ignorance and folly too often became the arbiters of wisdom -- and the ravings of delirium were listened to as the words of inspiration, and of God. If Jesus could have returned to earth thirty years after his death, and sat in the midst of an assembly of his followers, who were listening in hushed and wondering prostration of mind to a speaker in the 'unknown tongue,' how would he have wept over the humiliating and disappointing spectacle! how would he have grieved to think that the incoherent jargon of delirium or hysteria should be mistaken for the promptings of his Father's spirit!" (Creed of Christendom, p. 250.) 456 Who heard them speak in new tongues? Acts: "Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians" (ii, 9-11). Did representatives of all these nations really assemble to hear the disciples, or was this merely an imaginary gathering of the writer? Evidently the latter.