Last Words by Fred Lowery

SF1023March 7, 1993LAST WORDS

My Father died about six weeks ago

His last words keep ringing in my ears
I've rehearsed them in my mind over & over
I will never forget them

THE LAST WORDS OF MY HEAVENLY FATHER
7 saying - 7 = perfection

1st 3 - DAYLIGHT: Relationship to others
"Compassion"

Last 4 -DARKNESS: Relationship to God
"Suffering"

SCENARIO
One by whom the world was made had come into the world
But the world KNEW HIM NOT!!!

Lord of Glory had walked among men
but he WAS NOT WANTED!!

Birth - No room in the Inn
HEROD sought to SLAY HIM
Enemies continuously plotted his destruction

NOW IT WAS HAPPENING

Son of God delivered into their hands
Mock Trial
"I FIND NO FAULT"
Crowd demanded "CRUCIFY HIM"

NO ORDINARY DEATH WOULD DO
1.Death of intense suffering & shame
2.Nailed to a cross between 2 criminals
3.Crowd wanted gruesome blood & guts side
show

Crucifixion =
progressing weakness under excruciating pain
Beaten - No food in 14 hours

Death by asphyxiation. When person could no longer lift himself to breathe - He would slump in weakness and did of
SUFFOCATION

Between two criminals
Nails through hands & feet
Constant movement required to keep alive

In Midst of Incredible Pain & Suffering

His first words: Luke 23-34

"Then Jesus was saying, Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."

TWO THINGS

1. IT WAS A PROPHECY FULFILLED
800 yrs. before - Isaiah had written
...and interceded for his transgressors"

2. IT WAS A PRAYER OFFERED
opened his ministry with prayer

closed his ministry with prayer
Always appropriate to pray

I.The Request
then Jesus was saying ...
Imperative tense: continual past action over & over
as body placed on a cross
as nail pierced his hands and feet
as cross dropped into hole
as spat in face, cursed

e.g. Matthew - Men at foot of cross stopped ...


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