Transcribed from Actual Tape March 22, 1987 A.M.
Hope you have your Bibles open to the book of Matthew, chapter number
26, as we bow for prayer together:
Father, still us and steady us in this hour of worship. Give to all of
us a sense of urgency as we seek thy face. May this be a time of
confession, a time of openness, a time of cleansing, as we go to thy
table. We desire 0, Lord, thy best in life, we desire to ascend to that
high place in thy service. May we recognize again that the qualities
are clean hands and pure hearts. Lord, at this time of worship, you
speak, let me get out of the way so that thy word and thy holy and
divine message might not only be heard, but Father may thy message be
received and understood and applied right where we live, for this is our
prayer made through Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Savior. Amen.
Isaiah said of our Messiah, "He was wounded for our transgressions, he
was bruised for our iniquities." And then he added, "By his stripes, we
are healed." We know this was a prophetic reference to the cross. As
Isaiah was preceeding Calvary, he was holding up the cross and holding
up Jesus Christ, and saying, "He will be wounded for our trans-
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To talk about the wounds of Jesus, all of us could name them. We know
the deepest wound was an unseen wound. That was when he took your sins
and my sins upon himself. That is what we mean when we say, 'He died
for me, He died for all mankind." And certainly that moment of dere-
liction as Jesus cried from the cross, "My God, my God, why hast thou
forsaken me?" Was the moment in which the Father God turned his back on
his son. It was the moment in which all ...
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