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The Witness of Christ Himself
The death of Christ on the cross occupies the first place in His earthly life. For this reason, we see that the writers of the four gospels gave great importance to this issue. Before the crucifixion, Christ talked to His disciples on many occasions about His propitiatory death on the cross and about His resurrection from the dead. When the Jews once asked Him to show them a sign or a miracle, he answered them: “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:18-22).
“Then He said to them: These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me … Then He told them, Thus it is written and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day and repentance and forgiveness of sin will be preached in His name to all nations” (Luke 24:44-47). For more details see the following readings: (Matthew 20:28; Mark 9:31; 10:23-34; John 3:14-17; 10:11; 12:32-33 Revelation 1:18)
The witness of the words of Christ on the cross:
No one else other than Jesus could speak the seven words which He uttered on the cross while He was suffering an agonizing death. Who else could speak His words of forgiveness? “Father forgive them for they know not what they do?” (Luke 23:34)