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The Final Word .... On Compassion (3 of 7)
Series: The Final Word Dr. Chuck McAlister
INTRO: Series is The Final Word: Examining the 7 sayings of Jesus on the Cross!
(A) While Jesus was doing His greatest work .... dying on the cross for the sins of the world .... He uttered some of His greatest statements.
(B) It is Jesus summing up why He came .... giving us His Final Word on what matters.
1 - Jesus did appear to His disciples after His resurrection .... to teach them about carrying the gospel to the world.
2 - But nowhere in Scripture do you find a better summary of what Jesus came to do .... than from His own lips as He is dying on the cross. * This is the Last Testament of Jesus Christ before He dies -- it is Jesus saying, ''This is what matters .... this is why I came.''
3 - We have seen the Final Word of Jesus
a. On Forgiveness - as He prayed ''Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.''
b. On Salvation - as He told the thief who died next to Him.... ''Today, you shall be with me in paradise.''
Someone has said: ''God wrapped his heart in flesh and blood and let it break upon a cross.''
(C) Nowhere do we see compassion so powerfully demonstrated as on the cross.
1 - Jesus .... performing the greatest act of compassion the world has ever seen .... dying on the cross .... has the time and energy to display final act of compassion for His mother.
2 - And He shows us that it is not so much what compassion is .... as what it does.
In His Final Word on Compassion, Jesus demonstrates the 5 activities of His compassion for you by showing what genuine compassion does:
I. IT FURNISHES REDEMPTION (Vs. 25a)
(A) Can't forget the context in which this compassion was shown .... Vs. 25 ''Now there stood by the cross of Jesus ...''
1 - This takes place at the cross .... where Jesus was offering Himself to redeem us .... motivated by His love and compassion for you and me.
2 - Jesus was engaged ...
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