Contributed on Feb 18, 2018
Jesus models forgiving the unforgivable as he prays for forgiveness from the cross. As we recognize that he is praying for us, and that we are no better off than those we need to forgive, we gain the power to draw on the Father's love to forgive others.
Forgiving the Unforgivable Luke 23:32-37 * Seven Last Words from the Cross - Part 1 Today we begin a new seven-week series entitled, “Seven Last Words from the Cross.” If you read the crucifixion account in each of the four gospels, you find exactly seven statements or questions Jesus made in ...read more
Contributed on Feb 25, 2018
At the cross we see an intimate exchange between one criminal and his Messiah. And there we find not only how to have eternal life, but what that life is like. Jesus points us to the original garden relationship we can have with God, ours for the asking.
Heavenly Hope Seven Last Words from the Cross Part 2 * Luke 23:32-33, 39-43 We are in week two of a Lenten series called, “Seven Last Words from the Cross.” We are paying attention to Jesus’ last statements, because last words matter. And as the Son of God, Jesus’ last words reflect the very ...read more
Contributed on Mar 4, 2018
From the cross, Jesus cares for his mother. In so doing, he calls us to care for our family and for our broader spiritual family, and to put others before ourselves.
Family Matters Seven Last Words from the Cross Part 3 * John 19:25-27 We are in a seven-week series leading up to Easter called, “Seven Last Words from the Cross.” We’re looking at the seven distinct things Jesus said while being crucified. Last words matter, and the last words of the Son of ...read more
Contributed on Mar 11, 2018
In his fourth word from the cross, Jesus expresses being forsaken by God. He points out to the exchange that happened that day: our sin on him, God's forgiveness on us. Our right response is to live thankful lives that count the cost of sin.
Forsaken by God? Seven Last Words from the Cross Part 4 * Matthew 27:45-46 Have you ever been in a God-forsaken place? Maybe it was a TDY trip to the middle of nowhere. Worse yet, maybe it was a PCS! And the word “permanent” in permanent change of station becomes a curse. Or maybe your ...read more
Contributed on Mar 18, 2018
Only in his fifth statement from the cross did Jesus refer to his physical suffering. In one word, he says to us: 1. God can relate to our suffering, God can redeem our suffering, and God can carry us through our suffering, if we will let him.
When Bad Things Happen to Good People Seven Last Words from the Cross Part 5 * John 19:28-29 Listen to the words of Ray Pritchard as we use our holy imagination to set the scene. He writes, “It was going to be another hot day. You could tell it early in the morning. It was not yet 9:00 and ...read more
Contributed on Mar 25, 2018
In one word in the Greek, "Tetelestai!", Jesus proclaimed that his mission was finished. His death covered all our sins, and the pursuit of his mission to the end motivates us to pursue our God-given mission as we accept his forgiveness from the cross.
Unfinished Business Seven Last Words from the Cross Part 6 * John 19:28, 30 It must be spring! In the last couple of weekends, I cut the grass twice, weeded, helped prepare a gravel and stone walkway, gathered up dead branches, and pruned the shrubs. It felt good to tackle some things, but it ...read more
Contributed on Apr 1, 2018
In his final word, Jesus teaches us how to die well. He points us to an intimate relationship with a Heavenly Father, to a life that continues after death, and to a completion of all that God has for us in this life.
Dying Well Seven Last Words from the Cross Part 7 * Luke 23:44-46 “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Today we tackle an unusual topic for an Easter Sunday. Usually we talk about life and life everlasting. We’ll get there, but first, let’s consider where that life comes from: death ...read more