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
Last 4 -DARKNESS: Relationship to God
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
"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
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
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."
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
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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