For Christians, the cross symbolizes the sacrifice of Jesus for mankind and the hope of eternal life. It is a reminder of the humiliation and torture Jesus endured because of his great love. After his arrest, he was beaten and scourged almost to the point of death. Then he spent six long hours on the cross, struggling for each breath. While hanging there, he reportedly made seven statements that were recorded by the Gospel writers. This chapter explores execution by Roman crucifixion and explains the significance of the final words Jesus spoke before he died.