Seven Last Words of Jesus From The Cross
INTRODUCTION: The Apostle Paul said, "the message of the cross…to us who are being saved is the power of God." He later said, "God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." The writer of Hebrews said
"looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Puritan Thomas Watson wrote:
"I thank thee from the depth of my being
for thy wondrous grace and love.
in bearing my sin in thine own body on the tree.
May the cross be to me
as the tree that sweetens my bitter Marahs,
as the rod that blossoms with life and beauty,
as the brazen serpent that calls forth the look of faith.
By thy cross crucify my every sin;
Use it to increase my intimacy with thyself;
Make it the ground of all my comfort,
And by it give me that rest without rest,
The rest of ceaseless praise,
Never let me wander from the view of that cross."
Vance Havner approached the sayings of Christ at the cross from this position: "In His dying, Christ provided an example for my living."
1. "Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:34
a. He died forgiving those who sinned against Him.
Romans 5:6, "For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly."
Romans 5:8, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
b. We should be more concerned about God forgiving the sin of the one who has sinned against us.
Ephesians 4:32, "And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you."
2. "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in paradise." Luke 23:43
a. Jesus died bringing the truth of eternal life to a dammed soul.
3. "Woman, behold your son…behold your mother." John 19:26-27
Jesus died expressing selfless love. He was never too occupied with His own pain that He lost sight of the needs of others.
4. "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" Matt 27:46
Jesus died understanding the seriousness of sin
Isaiah 59:1-2, "Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save;
nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear."
5. "I am thirsty."
He teaches us to live expressing the frailties of our humanity.
We have a sympathetic High Priest.
Hebrews 4:15-16, "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
6. "It is finished." John 19:30
He died completing the work God gave Him to do.
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