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God moves my heart when I realize He has been in covenant with us from the beginning of time. God made a covenant with Noah never to flood the world as he had this one time (Genesis 9). He made covenant with Abraham (Genesis 15) to give him a certain land to his descendants for generations to come. He heard the cries of slaves in Egypt (Exodus 2) and remembering his covenant to Abraham, set them free and delivered them to the land he promised their forefather.
We continue through the Bible and find covenant after covenant until we get to this most amazing, mind-blowing and humbling experience of the cross – the ultimate covenant; the covenant to which all other covenants in the Bible point! You see, Jesus believed blood is thicker than water! Those with whom he entered into covenant were more important than even those with whom he shared his mother’s womb!
The whole premise of today’s text is a language of covenant. As we consider two very important messages in our second sermon on Jesus’ Last Words, it is an interesting scene that holds cosmic messages which we must not miss. I want us to begin by considering
1. JESUS’ PROVISION AT THE CROSS
There are so many lonely people in the world. There may be a lonely person sitting right next to you and you can’t see it because it’s hiding under the smile and the smart clothes. “A "Ziggy" cartoon recently pictured the small, pudgy man sitting alone in a boat, drifting toward a tunnel with the sign above, "Tunnel of Meaningful Relationships”. A study by the American Council of Life Insurance reported that the most lonely group in America are college students. Next on the list are divorced people, welfare recipients, single mothers, rural students, housewives, and the elderly.
To point out how lonely people can be, Charles Swindoll mentioned an ad in a Kansas newspaper. It read, “I will listen to you talk for 30 minutes without comment for $5.00." Swindoll said, "Sounds like a hoax, doesn’t it? But the person was serious. Did anybody call? You bet. It wasn’t long before this individual was receiving 10 to 20 calls a day. The pain of loneliness was so sharp that some were willing to try anything for a half hour of companionship.”
Mary, Jesus’ mother, was a lonely woman. Her husband, Joseph, had died. Jesus’ half-brothers and sisters did not appreciate her commitment to Jesus, nor his claims of being Messiah, not to mention the disgrace he brought to the family as he died like a criminal. It seems from written accounts that they never showed up for his crucifixion.
Mary suffered – without her children’s support – as Jesus died like a criminal. She suffered as he died in disgrace. She suffered as he died
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