Words are everywhere – what is the impact of our words? Jesus doesn’t say much during the agony of the crucifixion – carrying His cross, nailed and raised, suffering publicly. He calls out to the Father in His suffering, quoting Psalm 22, and experiencing the suffering and abandonment from the Father – that is the depth of suffering that shows Jesus has taken the sin of the world and all time upon Himself – that is a suffering that goes beyond any physical pain.
Those around Him endlessly insulted Him – those passing by mocked Him, threw His words in His face, tempted Him to get off the cross, misunderstood His cry to the Father, and made sport of Him. I may not laugh when a man is dying – but my words are not above reproach. I use more words than I need to, use my words to get attention, and seek approval from others through my words. How about you?
There is one other set of words – the centurion (officer) declared that Jesus was the Son of God – he saw the signs, and the death of Christ, and believed. Our words flow out of our hearts.
Have you thought much about your words? What do your words show about what is in your heart?