by Stan Coffey

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The Passion of the Christ (1 of 7)
Forgiveness: The Most Beautiful Word
Stan Coffey
Luke 23:33-34

As you know, February 25th, the Mel Gibson movie will appear in the theatres across our nation and around the world. The Southern Baptist Convention believes that this is one of the greatest witnessing opportunities that believers will ever have. Some people say it is the greatest witnessing opportunity that Christians will have since the early church, since Christianity began after the resurrection.

I am going to be preaching on the biblical background on the Passion of the Christ. Do you know what the word passion means? The passion means the suffering of the Christ. The word passion means sufferings. So we are going to be talking about the sufferings of the Christ. Now the sufferings of the Christ are the things that happened around the crucifixion of the Christ. We are going to begin today with Luke 23, with the very first word that Jesus spoke out of seven words, seven sayings that Jesus said from the cross.

Luke 23:33-34 ''And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, there they crucified him and the malefactors, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, 'Father, forgive them for that know not what they do.' And they departed his raiment and cast lots.''

Now, you know all the words of Jesus were important, in fact, the scripture says that the words of Jesus were like no other words. When the Roman soldiers heard the words of Jesus, they came back and they reported to their superiors, they said, ''no man has ever spoken like this man. For his words had authority, and not like those of the scribes.'' In the words of Jesus, He could still the storm, He could raise the dead, and He could cleanse the lepers, in the words of Jesus there was power and there was light. Matthew 24 tells us ''that heaven and earth will pass away but my word will never pass away.'' Jesus himself said in John 6:35, ''the words I spea ...

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