by Ernest Easley

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The Seven Sayings from the Cross
The Payment for Sin
Dr. Ernest Easley
Matthew 27.45-47
February 25, 1996

We're thinking these Sunday mornings under the general heading: The Seven Sayings from the Cross.

Paul tells us in 1 Cor 1.18, "For the message of the cross if foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." To those who are perishing ... the cross is foolishness. To those being saved ... the cross is the power of God!

"There is power, power, wonder-working power in the precious blood of the lamb." "The blood that Jesus she for me, way back on Calvary; the blood that gives me strength from day to day, it will never lose its power."

Take God's Word please and turn to Matthew 27. These are the last words Jesus Christ spoke while hanging on that old rugged cross. This morning ... we come to the fourth 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." The third saying was a word to a comrade, "Behold your mother."

And now this morning ... as we survey the wondrous cross on which the prince of glory died .. we find a word of concession.

We've learned about The Price of Forgiveness ... The Possibility of Salvation ... The Provision of Love .. and now today ...

Verse 45 ... Now .. from 9:00 a.m. until twelve noon .. we had to strain to hear the first sayings from cross. We had to strain to hear above the loud cries ... the cruel treatment ... and the ridicule.

But now the scene has changed. Three hours have passed. Matthew tells us that Noonday and become Midnight! It was midnight in the middle of day and it remained dark until 3:00 o'clock in the afternoon.

Verse 45 ... "darkness over all the land." Now .. in John 9.5 ... Jesus says, "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." And we read now in Matt ...

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