Summary: Trusting God with your future


For six brutal hours Jesus hung from the cross between heaven and earth. And during those six hours, He spoke seven times. Seven times He pushed up on the nail in His feet and with a grasp of breath He would speak words filled with such majesty and power and wisdom that nothing on earth can match them. For the past 6 weeks, we have quietly and humbly stood at the cross and listened as Jesus spoke His eternal words.

In the first sermon, we heard Jesus sound out God’s eternal forgiveness when He said, “Father, forgive them.”

In the second sermon we heard Jesus tell a dying thief that “today, you would be with Me in paradise.” What a sweet promise that must have been the ears of that dying thief.

Then in the third sermon, we heard Jesus speak to the whole family of believers when He said, ‘Behold your mother, and behold your son.”

In the fourth message, we heard what I believe may be among the most mystifying and profound words uttered from the cross when Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?”

I believe those words were spoken at that single eternal moment when God the Father laid upon His only Son the dark sins of the world. There is no other moment in human history that comes anywhere near matching the significance of that one single moment.

In His fifth words from the cross, Jesus simply said, “I thirst.”

He did not thirst for the temporal water of this world. He did not thirst to be relieved from the pain and trials of the cross. Jesus said, “I thirst” because he had a deep thirst to fulfill the great eternal purpose and plan of God. His great thirst was to make sure the prophetic word of God remained true and accurate even to the smallest detail.

Then last week, in His sixth statement from the cross, we heard Jesus speak the words that all of heaven rejoiced to hear when Jesus said, “It is finished.”

When Jesus said, “It is finished,” God’s eternal plan of redemption that He had set into motion before the foundation of the world was now complete.

The moment Jesus said, “It is finished,” eternal life became a reality for all who would choose to believe.

The moment Jesus said, “It is finished,” heaven rejoiced and hell trembled in fear and terror.

And now today, we come to Jesus seventh and final words from the cross. Of all the things He could have said, these are Jesus final words…

Luke 23:44 Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. 45 Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, "Father, 'into Your

hands I commit My spirit.' " Having said this, He breathed His last. NKJV


Famous last words…

The final words of a dying man can sometimes reveal the true nature of a man’s heart.

It is really interesting to read the final words of the rich and famous. And what is truly

remarkable about their final words is that most of them were absolutely clueless about eternity and to the fact that they would have to give an account of how they lived their lives.

Jesus final words from the cross are all about eternity and the importance of being prepared for eternity. In His final words from the cross, Jesus reveals both the heart of God and God’s purpose for how you are called to live your life.

In His final words from the cross, Jesus reveals several profound truths of what it means to be prepared for eternity.

Jesus famous last words, "Father, 'into Your hands I commit My spirit,' " tells us that eternity is for real and that it is vital that we be prepared for eternity and that we seek to make our lives count for eternity.

For example, Jesus could have used His last words to curse and condemn those at the cross who mocked and ridiculed Him.

He could have used His final words to curse God for His situation.

He could have used His final words to call upon heaven for deliverance.

But instead of cursing God and His circumstances, and instead of condemning those around Him at the cross, instead of demanding His deliverance, Jesus used His final last words to show us how we can trust God with our lives, and how important it is that we be prepared for that moment when we step into eternity.

I want to be prepared for that moment.

When you see Jesus final words through the eyes of God’s word, He is telling us how to end our lives for the glory of God.

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