Summary: This sermon is part 5 of a 5 part series. This sermon was preached on Easter Sunday.
The very purpose of Jesus being born was fulfilled on Easter weekend two thousand years ago. It is the message that we observe every week at the communion table, the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is shown in biblical baptism it was announced at the birth of Jesus.
Mat 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Luk 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
Luk 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
From day one Jesus had his eyes on the cross of Calvary
You can tell a lot about a man by the words that come out of his mouth. Jesus said its not what goes into the mouth but what comes out that defiles the man
The Bible says in Luke 6:45, Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh
Today I would like to look at the words that Jesus spoke from the last the last few hours of his life.
Not only did Jesus come to die on the cross, but the life that he lived he lived to be an example for you and I so that we might know how to live and conduct ourselves in this world
Jesus told his disciples during the last supper he said as I have done unto you you do to one another.
As we look at the seven sayings from the cross today to see Easter through the eyes of Jesus we should also learn several spiritual truths to help us in this life today.
The scene was horrible that day, the blood the agony the crowd the nails the crown of thorns, we can’t even begin to imagine everything that took place.
Father forgive them
Luk 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
Jesus was not two-faced. I like to be around people who are genuine, even I don’t agree with them as long as they are the same wherever there at that’s the type of person you can get to know. There are some folk that act all different on Sunday they try to be someone they’re not. Jesus was who he said he was. When he preached to the disciples and told them to turn the other cheek, when they hit him he turned the other cheek
When he preached forgiveness he forgave
When he preached love he loved
When he preached compassion he healed the sick
This cry from the cross is the very heart of God
Without Gods forgiveness none of us would be able to go to heaven
Because Christ forgave we should also
I know that you can probably think of a list of people that have hurt you and said terrible things about you but we must practice forgiveness because we are forgiven
A story is told of a thief who robbed John Wesley. While the thief walked away, Wesley shouted, "If you should someday come to your senses and know what you have done is wrong, turn to God for forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Life is too short to hold a grouge against someone
If we would forgive like Jesus did we would live happier more fulfilled lives. It is human nature to hold unforgivenees and seek revenge, I know people today who don’t go to church because someone said something wrong to them 5 years ago.
Our seeking revenge or holding unforgiveness here on the earth is a lack of faith in God who is the supreme judge and one day will sort it all out.
Act 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
After the Civil War, Robert E. Lee visited a Kentucky lady who took him to the remains of a grand old tree in front of her house. There she bitterly cried that its limbs and trunk had been destroyed by Federal artillery fire. She looked to Lee for a word condemning the North or at least sympathizing with her loss. After a brief silence, Lee said, "Cut it down, my dear Madam, and forget it." It is better to forgive the injustices of the past than to allow them to remain, let bitterness take root and poison the rest of our life.
Easter is about Forgiveness Gods forgiveness to man and our forgiveness to one another