Living Life at its Best (4 of 4) by Ernest Easley

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Living Life at its Best (4 of 4)
Series: THE SEVEN SAYINGS FROM THE CROSS
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Luke 23:44-46
March 25, 2005

I want to invite you to join me for a few minutes at a place called Calvary where God "demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom 5.8). It was on the hill called Calvary where Jesus was nailed on a cross. What first appeared as a Bad Friday turned out to be a Good Friday!

And it was on Good Friday that "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Cor 5.21)." Seven times Jesus spoke from the cross and for several Sundays we have been listening to what Jesus said from the cross and learning what He meant.

The first saying from the cross was recorded in Luke 23 where Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." And that prayer was answered 53 days later at Pentecost where Peter explained to them the magnitude of their guilt and 3000 of them repented of their sin and were saved.

The second saying from the cross is also found in Luke 23 where Jesus said to one of the thieves hanging next to Him, "Today, you will be with me in Paradise." The third saying was directed to His Mother and friend John, "Woman, behold Your Son" .. "Behold your Mother." The fourth saying Jesus prayed, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me." Learn this tonight: Jesus not only came to die for your sin .. He came to die as sin. And because sin separates you from God .. Jesus, in becoming sin, was forsaken by God the Father. Jesus became sin so that you might become saved! Jesus was forsaken by God the Father so that you might be forgiven by God the Father. Jesus became everything that you are so that you might become everything that He is!

The fifth saying from the cross is found in John 19 where Jesus said, "I thirst." The separated life is the thirsty life. When you live your life separated from God, you ...


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