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Easter Sunday
April 12, 2020


He Is Risen!

Why Do We Preach the 7 Last Words of Christ?

The Sayings of Jesus on the cross (sometimes called the Seven Last Words from the Cross) are seven expressions biblically attributed to Jesus during his crucifixion. Traditionally, the brief sayings have been called "words". They are gathered from the four Canonical Gospels. Three of the sayings appear only in the Gospel of Luke and two only in the Gospel of John.


One other saying appears both in the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Mark, and another is only directly quoted in John but alluded to in Matthew and Mark. In Matthew and Mark, Jesus cries out to God. In Luke, he forgives his killers, reassures the penitent thief, and commends his spirit to the Father. In John, he speaks to his mother, says he thirsts, and declares the end of his earthly life.

A person's final articulated words said prior to death or as death approaches generally are taken to have particular significance. These seven sayings, being "last words", may provide a way to understand what was ultimately important to this man who was dying on the cross.The sparsity of sayings recorded in the biblical accounts suggests that Jesus remained relatively silent for the hours he hung there.

The seven-sayings tradition is an example of the Christian approach to the construction of a Gospel harmony in which material from different Gospels is combined, producing an account that goes beyond each Gospel.


Rev. Dr. Melvin G. Miller
Senior Pastor
Progressive Baptist Church 
St. Paul, Minnesota

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Rev. Dr. Earl Miller

Pastor Emeritus,
Progressive Baptist Church
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Rev Annette Vogel

Rev. Annette Vogel

First Word | Luke 23:34

"Father, forgive them,for they know not what they do."


Rev. Jeff Martin

2nd Word | Luke 23:43

"Verily I say unto thee, today thou shalt be with me in paradise."


Rev. Dwayne Dixon

3rd Word | John 19:26-27

"Woman, behold they son."

Rev David Wooland

Rev. David Woodland

4th Word | John 19:28

"My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me."


Rev. Paul Johnson

5th Word | John 19:28

"I Thirst."


Rev. Mary Owens

6th Word | John 19:30

"It Is Finished."

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Rev. Mike Collins

7th Word | Luke 23:46

"Father, into thy hands 

commend my Spirit."

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Service & The PBC's Music Ministry Easter Musical 


April 1, 2018 11 am 

Progressive Baptist Church
St Paul, Minnesota
Rev Dr. Melvin G Miller, Pastor

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