Since Lent, our entire family has been enraptured with song, “Last Words (Tenebrae)” by Andrew Peterson. It’s a song so powerful it literally brings tears to the eyes, and leaves even our kids requesting to listen again.
Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”), refers to a Christian service during the week leading up to Easter, often involving the gradual extinguishing of candles. The Last Words refer to the 7 last sentences Jesus spoke as he was crucified on the cross. Hearing his own words sung in a round is musically mesmerizing, and strikes you with the gravity of all that he came to accomplish during his earthly ministry.
He was the mediator who came to offer forgiveness:
Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do
Forgive them, they know not what they do
He was the Messiah who came to save:
Today you will be with me in Paradise
You will be with me today
He was a child who came to model compassion and serve:
Behold your son, behold your mother, behold your son
He was a Son who willingly endured abandonment from his Father:
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why have you forsaken me?
He was a human who suffered pain:
I thirst, I thirst
He is the Messiah who volunteered his life as a sacrifice:
It is finished, it is finished
Father, into your hands, into your hands
I commit my spirit
Luke 23:34, Luke 23:43, John 19:26, Mark 15:34, John 19:28, John 19:30, Luke 23:46