To Err Is Human, To Forgive Divine
INTRO: I want you to take God's Word now this morning and be finding your place at Luke chapter 23 if you would. This morning we are going to begin a series of studies through what many have called, "the seven last sayings (or the seven last words) of Christ" that I want to entitle, "At the Foot of the Cross." What would you and I have heard if we had been standing there at the foot of the cross on the day when Jesus Christ was crucified?
Now, most of us have seen pictures or movies of what it supposedly looked like when Jesus hung and died on the cross, and even though no picture or movie could ever completely convey the sheer horror and the utter agony and the sadistic cruelty that took place there, we at least have an idea that something really bad happened to Jesus on that day.
I'm sure that by now many, if not most, of you have seen Mel Gibson's movie, The Passion of the Christ, and that movie, perhaps more than any other movie ever presented shows the horror and the agony and the cruelty that Jesus endured as he was beaten and ridiculed and ultimately crucified.
You see, we pretty much know what we would have seen, but we may not know what we would have heard. So, this morning as we gather around at the foot of the cross - the place where God was at His best and man was at his worst; the place where we can see the terrible depths of human sin and the tremendous heights of divine love; the place where the Lamb of God was slain and where the Son of God gave up His life for you and for me – I want us to stand quietly at the foot of the cross and listen to what Jesus is saying as He hangs and dies for you and for me.
I don't know about you, but I've always been interested in what people have had to say just before they died. I guess that's the history buff in me. There's just something about a person's last statement that reveals so much about their person and their passion, ...
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