Remembering By Numbers

There is but ONE LORD (Ephesians 4:5) and with Him, there were TWO THIEVES, one on His right, and another on His left (Matthew 27:38), who were crucified with Him upon THREE CROSSES (John 19:18).

His mantle was divided into FOUR PARTS (John 19:23) by the Roman soldiers who afflicted Him with FIVE WOUNDS while upon the cross – 2 in His hands, 2 in His feet, and His side was pierced.  

For SIX HOURS, Jesus suffered upon that cruel cross (Mark 15:25, 34). Our Lord uttered SEVEN PHRASES while He suffered:

  1. Forgive them, for they know not what they do.(Luke 23:34) 
  2. Today you will be with me in paradise. (John 19:26, 27)
  3. Woman, behold, your son. … Behold, your mother. (Matthew 27:46)
  4. Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? (which means: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (John 19:28)
  5. I thirst. (John 19:30)
  6. It is finished. (Luke 23:46)
  7. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit!

There were EIGHT WORDS written on a sign they hung above His head: This is Jesus, the King of the Jews (Matthew 27:37).

And, at the NINTH HOUR, Jesus died (Luke 23: 44-46). TEN EVENTS marked His crucifixion:

  1. Beginning with one of His own disciples betraying Him (Matthew 26:48-49)
  2. Then, two false witnesses were brought against Jesus (Matthew 26:60)
  3. Peter denied Him three times (Matthew 26:74-75)
  4. They spat in His face and beat Him (Matthew 26:67)
  5. Jesus was condemned by five rulers: Annas, Caiaphas, Herod, the Sanhedrin, and Pilate {Matthew 27:1-14; John 18:13-38)
  6. There were  six trials  (Matt 26:57-27:26) & (Luke 23:7)
  7. The soldiers mocked Jesus and put a crown of thorns on his head (Matthew 27:27-28)
  8. Simon of Cyrene was forced to carry the cross (Matthew 27:32-34)
  9. The curtain of the temple sanctuary was torn (Mark 15:8)
  10. Joseph of Arimathea procured the body of Jesus, wrapped it in cloth, and put it in a tomb (Mark 15:46)


In the end, ELEVEN APOSTLES of Jesus remained faithful out of the TWELVE DISCIPLES whom He had originally chosen to follow Him. They went on to establish the church and preach the story you just read.

I’ve heard this acrostic-style lesson preached during my childhood and as an adult. It has always stuck with me and helps me to “Do this in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19). I pray it is beneficial for you! – TS