What were Jesus’ last words?
contradict each other because they contain somewhat conflicting accounts of Jesus’ last words.
Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Matthew 27:50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
Luke 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Mark 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Do these verses contradict concerning Jesus’ last words? No. The law of non-contradiction states that “A cannot be both A and non-A at the same time and in the same way. Is it possible that all these verses could be true at the same time? Absolutely. In order for this to be a real Bible contradiction, the atheist must show that these verses cannot all be true at the same time. We as Christians simply have to show how these verses could be reconciled.
Define “last words”
I would define someone’s last words as what they spoke during the last movements of their lives. The patriarch Jacob spoke many last words over his sons before he died (Gen 49). His long prophecy over his boys could all be considered his last words.
Jesus’ last words
Now consider the four accounts of Jesus’ last words. Remember that each gospel writer is giving their own account of the gospel. Mathew, Mark, Luke and John all key in on different aspects of the life of Christ. Also consider the possibility that John may have been closer to the cross than the rest of the disciples and had heard words the others had not.
It is likely that Jesus used a combination of the three different statements for example; My God my God, why hast thou forsaken me, it is finished, into thy hands I commend my spirit. It’s not hard to imagine Christ using all three statements together. It’s certainly not contradictory.