by Ernest Easley

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The Seven Sayings from the Cross
The Proof of Acceptance
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
John 19.29-30
March 10, 1996

I invite you this hour to behold the Lamb .. behold the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world. For sinners crucified, O holy sacrifice, behold the lamb of God, behold the lamb!

Take God's Word please and turn to John 19! We are nearing the end of our series of messages on The Seven Sayings from the Cross. These are the last words Jesus Christ spoke while hanging on that old rugged cross.

This morning we come to the fifth saying from the cross. The first saying was a word for the crowd, "Father, forgive them, they do not know what they do." The second saying was a word to a criminal, "Today, you will be with Me in Paradise." The third saying was a word to a comrade, "Behold, your mother." The fourth saying was a word of concession, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"

Last Sunday we heard the fifth saying from the cross. It was a word of conquest as Jesus cried out, "I thirst." And now today .. as we continue our survey of the wondrous cross on which the prince of glory died .. we find a word of conclusion.

We're thinking this morning on this subject: Here is the proof that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for lost humanity was accepted by a holy God! The victim has now become victor. And from that cross ... there may not have been many on earth that heard Him say, "It is finished" ... but you can believe that every angel in Heaven heard it: "It is finished."

You can believe that all the demons in Hell heard it: "It is finished." Those words sounded the death-blow to Satan's conspiracy! I can imagine every demon in Hell cringing at those words: "It is finished." We have now a defeated enemy! And ever since Jesus spoke it .. the Devil's been trying to cover up it's real meaning to the human race!

I can hear that voice of victory! I can hear that cry of triumph. I can hear the shout of the conqueror: "It is finished." ...

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