The greatest sentence ever spoken in human history is the title of this post. Rather than pontificate about the atoning sacrifice of Christ, I have decided to let the Scriptures speak for themselves:
“For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet—I can count all my bones—they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots” (Psalm 22:16-18, ESV).
“And Jesus said, ‘Father forgive them, for they know not what they do'” (Luke 23:34, ESV).
One of the criminals pleads with Jesus to remember him:
“…Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise'” (Luke 23:43, ESV).
Several hours of agony pass, the Son of God cries out to his Father:
“Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34; see Psalm 22:1, ESV)?
One of the soldiers raises a sponge dipped with sour wine to Jesus’ mouth. After the bitter taste, he declares:
“It is finished. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46; John 19:30; see Psalm 31:5, ESV).