Thursday, March 31, 2016

AT THE CROSS

                                                         
                             
                                                                  Father forgive them
Luke 23:33-34>And when they came to the place which is called The Skull,there they crucified him,and the criminals,one on the right and one on the left. And Jesus said,"Father,Forgive them;for they know not what they do."And they cast lots to divide his garments.
   father forgive them was a prayer of: 1.Prayer of relationship.
                                                              2.Prayer of forgiveness.
                                                              3.Prayer of identity.
                                                              4.Prayer of awareness.
                                                              5.Prayer of completeness.

                                                                  In your Hands 
Luke 23:44,    Father into your hands shows that: 1.Jesus died praying to God.
                                                            2.Jesus died trusting God.
                                                            3.Jesus died submitting to God.

                                                                 I am thirsty 
John 19:28-29>After this Jesus,knowing that all was now finished,said(to fulfil the scripture),"I thirst." A bowl full of vinegar stood there;so they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop and held it to his mouth.
   I am thirsty points out: 1.The humanity of Christ.
                                        2.The Sovereignty of Christ.
                                        3.The fulfilled prophecies of Christ.

                                                           Near the cross
What was it like to stand near the cross of Jesus? We examine four people who stood near the cross and try to understand what it would have meant for them.
John 19:25>Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother,his mother's sister,Mary the mother of Mary the wife of Cleopas,and Mary Magdalene.
Matthew 11:9>Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you,and more than a prophet.

                                                        Your face in the crowd
Matthew 27:32,>As they were going out,they met a man from Cyrene,named Simon,and they forced him to carry the cross.
Matthew 27:26,47>Then he released Barabbas to them.But he had Jesus flogged,and handed him over to be crucified.

                                                       The three crosses
This message takes at the three crosses at Calvary;  a.The cross of Reflection.
                                                                                    b.The cross of Reception.
                                                                                    c.The cross of Redemption.
Luke 23:39,43>One of the criminals who hung there hurled  insults at him: " Aren't you the Christ?save yourself and us!"...............) Jesus answered him, "I tell you the truth,today you will be with me in paradise"
Psalms 46:1>God is our refuge and strength,an ever-present help in trouble.

                                                   Famous last words
The last Words of a dying man can tell us a great deal about his life;the last Words of Jesus on the cross are a message to us of what his life was about and what about our lives should be.
Luke 23:34,46>Jesus said,"Father, forgive them,for they do not know what they are doing."And they divided up his clothes by casting lots............)Jesus called out with a loud voice,"Father,into your hands I commit my spirit."When he had said this,he breathed his last.
John 19:30>When he had received the drink,Jesus said,"It is finished." With that,he bowed down his head and gave up his spirit.

                                              The seven last words of Jesus.
Discover Jesus' true understanding of God and mankind through his last words on the cross.
John 19:26,30>When Jesus saw his mother there,and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby,he said to his mother,"Dear woman,here is your son."And to the disciple,"Here is your mother."From that time on,this disciple took her into his home..........)When he had received the drink,Jesus said,"It is finished."with that,he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Luke 23:24,46>So Pilate decided to grant their demand............)Jesus called out with a loud voice,"Father,into your hands I commit my spirit."When he had said this,he breathed his last.
Matthew 27:46>About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice,"Eloi,Eloi,lama sabachthani?-which means, My God,my God,why have you forsaken me?"
Psalms 2:2,8>The kings of the earth take their stand stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his anointed one...........)Ask of me,and I will make the nations your inheritance,the ends of the earth your possession.

                                                        The Word
Isaac carried the wood,Jesus carried the wood and in both cases,Father and son walked together.Luke 9:23>Then he said to them all:"If anyone would come after me,he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follower me." Genesis 22:6>Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac,and he himself carried the fire and the knife.As the two of them went on together,
God bless you as you meditate on His word.

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