God loves us. Rather than leave us in our sin, He sent his own son,
Jesus, to pay the penalty our sin demanded. Although Jesus lived a
sinless life, he died in our place. Before he died, he spoke seventimes
from the cross. These are his words.
Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.
The first words from the cross are not about the pain or the
injustice. They are a prayer for those who have just crucified the
very Son Of God.
Verily, I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in
paradise. Luke 23:43
Jesus came to seek and save those who are lost. Now, at his hour of
death he offers eternal salvation to the repentant thief hanging next
to him. The offer still stands for all who repent and believe.
Woman, behold thy son..., behold thy mother. John
Jesus cares about those who love him. When he saw his mother
weeping at the foot of the cross, he made provision for her. He
instructed John to take care of her. Jesus knows and cares about
My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Separation from God is hell. There was not greater agony for Jesus
than to be separated from God. Yet he willingly endured this
suffering on our behalf. Those who refuse to repent and believe still
face the agony external separation from God. Repent and believe,
while there is still time!
I thirst. John 19:28
Jesus though divine, assumed our human nature at his birth in
order that the penalty due the human race would be borne by a
human who never sinned. The agony of Jesus' thirst demonstrate
the reality of his physical suffering on our behalf. That the Son of
God should become man is a mystery. That our sin and guilt can be
laid on him is a mystery. But we believe and are saved!
It is finished. John 19:30
The just anger of God against the sin of all mankind lay upon Jesus
throughout his life, but especially at his crucifixion. Now the
penalty was paid. The salvation of mankind was complete. Because
of Jesus, we who believe, are reconciled to God and are members of
God's family now and for eternity.
Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. Luke
The wages of sin is death. Jesus paid the price for all who believe.
After three days, God raised him from the grave and after
appearing to many of his believers, Jesus went to heaven.
The salvation won for us by the sacrifice of Jesus is not for
everyone. It is only for those who believe.
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