It’s interesting. Jesus’ death and resurrection are the cornerstone of Christianity. For an event so important, you would think the Gospel accounts would connect with each other really well around these events.
You would think that Jesus’ final words would have been remembered clearly enough that the Gospels would be in agreement as to what they were, or at least close to agreement.
And yet, they aren’t.
Let’s take a look.
Matthew 27 (NLT)
46 At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
50 Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit.
Mark 15 (NLT)
34 Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
37 Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last.
Okay, looks good so far! This is what should be expected.
Luke 23 (NLT)
46 Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last.
Hmmmm. Okay. Maybe this is what Jesus shouted that the passages in Matthew and Mark referred to as Jesus’ final shout/loud cry?
It does seem a bit contradictory though. Jesus is speaking of God abandoning him in Matthew and Mark, but is trusting “Father” God in Luke.
Okay. Maybe John can clarify things for us.
John 19 (NLT)
28 Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. 30 When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Jesus was thirsty so he could fulfil scripture? That doesn’t fit with the other Gospel accounts at all!
This is the most important event in Christianity and the Gospels are all over the place about this.
How are we to take the rest of Christianity seriously if the foundation of the belief has such serious cracks in it like this?