Sermon Points 041711

JESUS SPEAKS FROM THE CROSS…

…Committed and Forsaken

John 19:25-27;  Matthew 27:45-49;  Mark 15:33-38

THE SEVEN SAYINGS…
1.  “Father forgive them; for they know not what they do.”  (Luke 23:33-34).
2.  “Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).
(3.  “Woman, behold thy son… Behold thy mother” (John 19:26-27).
(4.  “My God, My God; why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46;  Mark15:34).
5.  “I thirst” (John 19:28).
6.  “It is finished” (John 19:30).
7.  “Into Thy hands I commend My spirit” (Luke 23:46).

Jesus is committed to do the Father’s will and to be obedient in the matters of Mary.  As her eldest Son He had the responsibility, before His death, of assuring her care.  We also find that He is committed to the task at hand, knowing that He is about to under go the darkest hours of any man’s life – darker than any one has ever experienced.

I.  THE PEOPLE BY THE CROSS (19:25).

II.  AS HE IS DYING ON THE CROSS JESUS IS COMMITTED TO FULFILLING EARTHLY RESPONSIBILITIES (19:26-27).

III.  THE DARKNESS AND FORSAKENNESS OF JESUS (Matthew 27:45-49; Mark 15:33-38).

Application –
i.  Though our hearts may be set on the will of God, doing His will and Heaven; we too are to be committed to perform and do our family obligations.

ii.  We need to have a better understanding of the cross and its darkness; particularly with the darkness which Jesus experienced.

Evening Message –

JESUS SPEAKS FROM THE CROSS…

…Of Thirst and The Finish

John 19:28-30

THE SEVEN SAYINGS…
1.  “Father forgive them; for they know not what they do.”  (Luke 23:33-34).
2.  “Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).
3.  “Woman, behold thy son… Behold thy mother” (John 19:26-27).
4.  “My God, My God; why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46;  Mark15:34).
(5.  “I thirst” (John 19:28).
(6.  “It is finished” (John 19:30).
7.  “Into Thy hands I commend My spirit” (Luke 23:46).

I.  THE THIRST OF OUR SAVIOR’S EXPERIENCE (John 19:28).
A.  The drought of His experience.
B.  The humanity of His thirsty experience.
C.  The cry of a victor – not a victim.
D.  The only One who can satisfy human thirst for God.

II.  THE WORK WHICH OUR SAVIOR FINISHED (John 19:30).
A.  He had finished all the prophecies of the Old Testament concerning His birth, His life and His death – and hours later resurrection.
B.  The sufferings of His life were over – no more trials with false charges, no more cat-o-ninetails tearing His flesh; and now to be forever with the Father in His glory.
C.  His work of redemption was finished.
D.  There is no more work to be done, by man or by God for salvation – The cross of Christ is sufficient to save all who will believe; and efficient to save all who believe.

Application –
i.  The thirst of Jesus came after the darkness and rejection of the Father; and the battle for the salvation of all who believe for salvation was near completion;
ii.  The cry of the finish was also one of victory;
iii.  There is victory in the cross; not defeat.

-Tim A. Blankenship


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