by Stuart Briscoe

NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 2 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: Father Forgive Them
Series: Seven Last Words
Stuart Briscoe
Luke 23:26-43

Scripture records seven occasions on which Jesus spoke at the point of His greatest extremity, as He hung naked on the cross. His statements open a unique window into His heart and mind and as such demand our reverent attention. Today we will reflect on His remarkable prayer: "Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing."

I. His Focus on the Father.

A. He might have focused on the gross injustice of the situation.
1. Judas' treachery.

2. Pilate's perfidy.

3. Roman cruelty.

4. The establishment's hostility.

5. The disciples' timidity.

B. He could have focused on His considerable suffering.
1. He had done this in the Garden…

2. …and the issue had been settled with His Father. Luke 22:42

C. He chose to focus on the Father.
1. "Father save me from this hour? No…" John 12:27

2. "…Father glorify you name." John 12:28


Part 2: Today You Will Be with Me
Series: Seven Last Words
Stuart Briscoe
Luke 23:39-43

Jesus' ministry to the thief crucified with Him is surely one of the greatest acts of unselfish devotion ever witnessed and His words of assurance some of the greatest ever spoken.

I. Defiance: The Attitude of the Insurrectionists.

A. Their defiance of the Roman regime.
1. Barabbas ("son of father" = son of famous rabbi?) "a notorious prisoner."
a. Insurrectionist, murderer, robber, guerilla fighter.

b. Released by Pilate under paschal amnesty after popular demand.

2. The two collaborators.
a. Involved in uprising, apprehended, tried, sentenced to death. Mark 15:7

b. Their colleague has gone free; they are fastened to a cross.

B. Their defiance of Christ.
1. They joined in the chorus of the crowd. Matthew 27:44
a. Ridiculing His claim to rebuild the temple in three days.

b. Challenging His claim to be the "Son of God." Matthew 26:64

2. They added their voices to those of the establishment.
a. They challenged His ability to save. Matthew 27:42

b. They derided His trust in the Lord.
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