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The Seven Sayings from the Cross
The Provision of Love
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
February 18, 1996
We're thinking these Sunday mornings under the general heading: The Seven Sayings from the Cross. Paul says in 1 Cor 1.18, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
"I will sing of my Redeemer, and his wondrous love to me; On the cruel cross He suffered, from the curse to set me free. Sing, oh, sing of my Redeemer, with His blood He purchased me, on the cross He sealed my pardon, paid the debt and made me free."
Take God's Word please and turn please to John 19. We come to the third saying from the cross. The first saying was a word for the crowd, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." The second saying was a word to a criminal, "Today, you will be with me in Paradise."
And now this morning .. as we survey the wondrous cross on which the prince of glory died ... we find the third saying to a comrade.
Now .. as we think this morning about "The Provision of Love" ...
(1) THE CROWD THAT HAD GATHERED.
vv.25-26a ... here we read about the crowd that had gathered! John tells us in verse 25 that this crowd "stood by the cross." We're not told how close they were. But we do know they were close enough to hear what Jesus was saying. We do know they were close enough to see the anguish and agony on his face!
Here is a crowd that had gathered "by the cross." Now .. what kind of crowd was there? Well ... -it was a skeptical crowd. (vv. 20-24)
Gathered that day before the cross were the skeptical .. the unbelievers. They didn't believe Jesus Christ to be the Son of God! They didn't believe Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the light! They remind me of some people I've met in our city: skeptical toward the things of God!
So .. we find that gathered that day by the cross was the skeptical. But not o ...
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