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The Passion of the Christ (4 of 7)
Why: The Most Mysterious Word
Today we come to the fourth message in the series on "The Passion of the Christ." Looking at the seven things that Jesus uttered from the cross because in those seven words that Jesus said while He was on the cross we have the explanation of what Calvary is all about and why Jesus came into this world.
This morning we are looking in Matthew 27:45-47 and today we come to the word "why". Why is the most mysterious word that Jesus uttered from the cross. There is a mystery about the cross. And the mystery involves how is it possible that a man could die on the cross two thousand years ago and take upon himself the sins of the world and that have meaning and relevance for my life today. How could that have anything to do with changing my life, how could that have anything to do with helping me in my situation, what is there about this story of the suffering of Christ that really relates to my life and that can relate to the life of modern man and a post Christian and a post modern culture? And I have to say that the mystery is one of the mysteries of the ages and yet the scripture gives us this fourth word from the cross that Jesus utters.
Matthew 27:45-47 "Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. 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?' Some of them that stood there when they heard that said, 'this man calleth for Elijah.'"
Now the sixth hour is high noon, so the darkness comes at an unexpected time. It comes at noonday when the sun should be the brightest. And the sixth hour there is darkness over all the land. At this particular point, Jesus has hung on the cross for three hours. When you look at this passage of scripture you notice that the darkness came to Calvary. Once again you come to Calv ...
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