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THE FINAL WORD .... ON FORGIVENESS #1
THE FINAL WORD
Dr. Chuck McAlister
Series .... THE FINAL WORD .... examining the 7 sayings of Jesus on the Cross!
(A) His final words before He died .... in them we see the uniqueness of His ministry.
1- .... His life and purpose.
2- .... His character.
3- .... His suffering and death.
* It is Jesus summing up why He came .... giving us His Final Word on what matters.
(B) Years ago .... after someone's death .... the family would gather for the reading of the Last Will and Testament.
1- We still occasionally have the family gather for the reading of the Will .... usually in an attorney's office .... as the possessions of the deceased are divided among the family members.
2- But years ago .... not only would the Will be read to divide the deceased's possessions -- but his Last Testament would be read, also.
3- The Last Testament, written by the deceased before his death and before he lost control of faculties, expressed to those gathered a summing up of the deceased's life ....
a- .... what had been the focus of his life.
b- .... what he or she had hoped to accomplish.
c- .... what they wanted to be remembered for ...
d- .... what was important to them ...
e- .... and what they wanted to see continued after they were gone.
* Jesus' 7 sayings from the Cross are His Last Testament .... His Final Word on the focus of His life and what He came to accomplish.
(C) Jesus did appear to His disciples after His resurrection.... and instructed them about carrying the gospel to the world ....
1- But nowhere in scripture do you find a better summary on what Jesus came to do .... than from His own lips as He is dying on the cross.
2- It was Jesus saying -- "This is what matters."
(D) Examine the 1st words spoken by Jesus from the cross ....
-- Legend .... Satan was standing before the throne of God to accuse the saints .... and he challenged God, "How dare you condemn me. I have only offended you but one time. Yet, you save these humans who offend you thousands of times .... You forgive them daily, constantly."
-- God responded: "Have you once asked me to forgive you?"
* The whole point of Jesus' coming was forgiveness .... It was the very reason He was dying .... and it was what He demonstrated in His death!
* In His 1st Saying from the cross .... the 1st part of His Last Testament .... Jesus addressed the Final Word on Forgiveness by giving, in one statement, the 5 ingredients of genuine forgiveness:
I. THERE MUST BE A REASON TO FORGIVE "Then ..."
(A) Notice how this begins .... "Then" .... then -- when?
1- "Then".... after they had started to crucify Him ....
.... Read Vs. 33.
2- "Then" .... when man had done his worst to the Son of God.
.... "Then" .... when cruel and wicked hands had taken the Lord of Glory and Creation and dared to crucify Him.
a- He was ...
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