The Final Word .... On Commitment (4 of 7) by Chuck McAlister

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THE FINAL WORD .... ON COMMITMENT #4
THE FINAL WORD
Dr. Chuck McAlister
Matt. 27:45-47


INTRO:
Series .... 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 heard 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."
c- On Compassion -- as Jesus entrusted His mother into the care of the disciple He loved, John!


-- While serving with Operation Mobilization in India in 1967, tuberculosis forced me into a sanitarium for several months. I did not speak the language, but I tried to give Christian literature written in their language to the patients, doctors, and nurses. Everyone politely refused. I sensed many weren't happy about a rich American (to them all Americans are rich) being in a free, government-run sanitarium. (They didn't know I was just as broke as they were!)
-- The first few nights I woke around 2:00 A.M. coughing. One morning during my coughing spell, I noticed one of the older and sicker patients across the aisle trying to get out of bed. He would sit up on the edge of the bed and try to stand, but in weakness would fall back into bed. I didn't understand what he was trying ...


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