Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Seven Last Sayings of the Cross

Part Four

Introduction: 

This morning is the fourth message on, “The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus on the Cross.” Please let us read together, Mark 15:33-34. The Bible says, 33 And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

What does this passage mean? What is it saying to us this very March morning? Let me call your attention to three very vital lessons from God’s Word, today.

Outline:

  1. The necessity to affirm our faith.

Mark 15:33-34

33 And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

  • These words affirm an intimate relationship.

Mark 15:34b

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

  • These words affirm a true identity.

Mark 1:1

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

  • These words affirm the rule of God.

Mark 1:15

15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

  1. The necessity to accept a deeper meaning to the moment.

Mark 15:33-34

33 And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

  • The wrath of God was appeased.

Romans 5:9

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!

  • The sin of man was declared forgiven.

2 Corinthians 5:21

21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

  • The penalty of death for sin was satisfied.

Romans 6:23

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Hebrews 9:27-28

27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Conclusion: 

  1. No matter what you are going through or what your circumstances are, take the time to reconfirm your faith in Jesus Christ.
  1. Make sure before you leave here this morning that you have received the free gift of eternal life.