Summary: 4 of 6. As Jesus hung on the cross, He voiced particularly important concerns. At the juncture of life & death, matters of greatest significance are prioritized. But What are these as evidenced from the Cross? A Cross-driven Concern of Jesus is Your...
JESUS’ CROSS-Driven CONCERNS-IV
Lk. 23:33-49; Jn. 19:17-30; Mat. 27:33-54; Mk. 15:21-39
OR--CONCERNS From The CROSS
Oblivious to the obvious
The Church & Christians can be oblivious to the obvious... that while we bicker about ‘this that or the other thing,’ that there are literally millions of people who do not know Jesus!
We can be so focused on extraneous ‘pressing’ matters that we totally miss the BIG picture!
Likewise, we can be so caught up in the sorrow, & gruesome brutality of the Crucifixion of Christ, that we miss the Cross-work of Christ!
Jesus’ 7 Words From the Cross:
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”—Luke 23:34
“Today you will be with me in paradise.”—Luke 23:43
“Behold your son...”: “behold your mother.”—Jn. 19:26-27
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”—Mat. 27:45; Mk. 15:33-34
“I thirst”—Jn. 19:28-29
“It is finished”—Jn. 19:30
“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”— Lk. 23:44; Mat. 27:50; Mk. 15:36-38
To recognize those things which are of greatest significance to our lives & the lives of others.
We have found that A Cross-driven Concern of Jesus is...
1. Your FORGIVENESS(Lk. 23:34)
2. Your DESTINY/Future/Eternity(Lk. 23:43)
3. Your CARE & OBLIGATION(Jn. 19:26-27)
4—A Cross-driven Concern of Jesus is...
Your SEPARATION(Mat. 27:46; Mk. 15:34)
Explanation:(Mat. 27:46; Mk. 15:34)Separation
Mat. 27:45—“Now from the sixth hour-(12 noon)- until the ninth hour-(3pm)- there was darkness over all the land.”
Mat. 27:46—“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?”—Is an Aramaic transliteration into Hebrew.
“This is the only sentence of any length in Aramaic preserved in Matthew, though he has Aramaic words like amen, corban, mammon, pascha, raca, Satan, Golgotha.”—RWP
Mk. 15:33—“Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.”
Mk. 15:34—“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
“Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—is the Aramaic transliteration
This is the only one of the seven sayings of Christ on the Cross given by Mark & Matthew. The other six occur in Luke & John.—RWP
That Psalm is a call from David for deliverance from his enemies, yet it is also a Messianic prophecy declared roughly 1000yrs.(~1010-970 BC) before Messiah’s arrival!
*READ Ps. 22:1-31
“Nothing from Jesus so well illustrates the depth of his suffering of soul as he felt himself regarded as sin though sinless(2Co 5:21).”—RWP
In Ps. 22, David, by the Holy Spirit, depicts the priority of trust in God(:3-5).
It depicts the hatred & ridicule Messiah would receive on the Cross(:6-8, 12-13).
It depicts Messiah’s trust in God(:9-11).
It depicts Messiah’s exhaustion, His unnatural body position, & the physical stress upon his heart(:14).