Contributed on Mar 7, 2009
This sermon explores the first amazing words from the cross... words of forgiveness.
Introduction Here we are at an horrific and dreadful scene. We are standing on the hill they called the Skull, just outside of Jerusalem. An innocent man has been falsely accused, unjustly sentenced, brutally beaten, and nailed by hand and feet to a rough wooden cross. His blood is draining out ...read more
Contributed on Mar 10, 2009
Learning from the bad guy who turned to Jesus in the nick of time...
Introduction Recently in the online Guardian Newspaper (UK) they did research to discover who the nation’s top 10 baddies were... Who do you think are in the nations top 10 baddie list? You may be surprised! (The congregation guesses who’s on the list...) Top 10 Scariest Baddies 1. White Witch ...read more
Contributed on Mar 16, 2009
The gospel of grace! Because of Jesus, the Father promises US, ’Never will I leave or forsake YOU.’
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Those words were so raw with emotion that we still have them in Aramaic, Jesus’ mother tongue: Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? Jesus is hanging there on the cross. We can safely assume his face is twisted with the agony of crucifixion. He can barely ...read more
Contributed on Mar 31, 2009
Three words that reveal the wonderful humanity of God the Son - the One who knows what it’s like to be one of us.
Introduction What’s it like to be crucified? Have you ever imagined how it must have been? A medical doctor gives a physical description... (adapted) “As the arms fatigue, cramps sweep through his muscles, knotting them in deep relentless, throbbing pain. With these cramps comes the inability ...read more
Contributed on Apr 7, 2009
The 6th Word from the Cross. Jesus has accomplised what only he could. In him we have an ending and a beginning. This was preached at a service of believer’s baptism for 3 young people.
Today, as we approach Easter, we come to the 6th Word from the Cross. The 6th thing Jesus said as he hung there, in the last few moments before he died... ‘It is finished’. What did Jesus mean by that? What is finished? Does he mean, It’s over and done with? Well that’s definitely what the ...read more
Contributed on Apr 10, 2009
A short meditation on the final words of Jesus on the cross.
‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit’ We come to the 7th and final word that Jesus spoke from the cross... Jesus has said, “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” Jesus has said to the believing criminal, crucified by his side, “I tell you the truth, today you ...read more