The Final Word .... On Finishing (6 of 7) by Chuck McAlister

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Dr. Chuck McAlister
John 19:29-30

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!
d- On Commitment -- as Jesus demonstrated His commitment to the Father in spite of the fact that He had become sin and was deserted by the Father
e- On Suffering -- as Jesus endured the physical, emotional, and spiritual torment of the cross!

(C) This statement of Jesus .... very different than the others.
1- In each of the others .... Jesus gave us an example .... of what we are supposed to do as we imitate Him.
a- We are to Forgive .... as He forgave ....
b- Be Saved .... as He directed .... Show Compassion as Jesus did to His mother .... Stay Committed as Jesus maintained His commitment even while facing the cross.
c- Endure Suffering as Jesus did!
2- But the Final Word from Jesus on Finishing is not about following His example.
a- It ...

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