Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Seven Last Sayings of the Cross

Introduction: 

We are embarking this morning on a journey. A journey with Jesus on the cross. Generally, we will view him on the cross and we will hear how he responds to His tortures and abusive death.

Specifically, we will go to His cross and study what is called, “The Seven Last Sayings of the Cross.” We all will respond differently to this study. But, let us listen, be alert and follow whatever the Holy Spirit is not only teaching you, but to follow Him as he leads you in sound Biblical application.

Let us begin this morning by reading together:

Luke 23:34

34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.

This is the first saying of Jesus while he was dying on the cross. While dying, He prayed and this prayer modeled, taught and lived out the theme of forgiveness. It is this theme that will be studied this morning.

Outline:

From, this passage, this text, in the larger context, what did Jesus mean by forgiveness?

  1. Forgiveness was a personal decision against mistreatment.

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Who are the ones that Jesus chose to forgive?

  1. The Chief Priests and Scribes as they broke the Law of God, 22:1-2.
  2. Judas and his betrayal of Jesus, 22:47-53.
  3. Peter because of his denial of Jesus, 22:54-62.
  4. The Roman soldiers as they mocked him, 22:63-65.
  5. You and I as we continually, with great pride disobey God.

 

  1. Forgiveness was a release against those that decided to hurt Him.

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

How does this text define forgiveness?

  1. It means to release.
  2. It means to send away, to divorce.
  3. It means to cancel a debt.
  4. It means to disregard.

 

  1. Forgiveness was a spiritual endowment of prayer.

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

 

Conclusion:

 

  1. Who has hurt you that you have not forgiven?
  2. What emotional pain have you been carrying around for years that you have not released?
  3. What bitterness do you need to set free?