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Shouts of Victory! (6 of 6)
Series: 7 Last Sayings of Christ on the Cross
John 19:30; Luke 23:46-48; Genesis 2:1-2; Revelation 21:6
INTRO: The crucifixion is an extraordinary scene of darkness and despair! The events around the death of Christ portray a picture of evil:
The unfair trial, the agony of Jesus in the garden, the tragic loss of Judas, the scourging of Jesus, Peter's 3 denials, the fleeing disciples, the crown of thorns, the mockery of the soldiers and the cries of "Crucify Him, Crucify Him" the darkness that covered the land from noon to 3 PM, the earthquake, even the cry of Jesus "My God My God, why have you forsaken me?" - in the despair of these moments however, another cry comes from Christ. Near the moment of death Christ makes another pronouncement that some may have perceived as the cry of defeat, but in reality it was the great cry of VICTORY! "IT IS FINISHED!"
This was the cry of victory! It was followed by the cry of confidence "Into your hands I commit my spirit." This was a moment of victory for Christ and for man!
ILLUS: What death did to Jesus is nothing compared to what Jesus did to death. - James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988) pp. 142-143.
The Christian hears victory in these two final statements from the cross of Jesus, it opens a door for victory and is not an end to a tragic loss!
ILLUS: When Billy Graham's maternal grandmother died, he said the room seemed to fill with a heavenly light. "She sat up in bed and almost laughingly said," I see Jesus. He has His arms outstretched toward me. I see Ben (her husband who had died some years earlier) and I see the angels." She slumped over, absent from the body but present with the Lord. - Billy Graham, Angels: God's Secret Agents, Doubleday, 1975, p. 152.
This 6th and 7th saying of Christ from the cross opens the door of victory for the one who believes in Christ, it is the grand moment ...
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