Summary: The Death of Christ Was NATURAL. What He suffered was real death, full and complete! Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself o
TEXT: Luke 23:27-49
(Gleaned from the Book "Seven Saying of the Saviour on the Cross" by A. W. Pink)
The Death of Christ Was NATURAL. What He suffered was real death, full and complete! Philippians 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
The Death of Christ Was UN-NATURAL. It was un-natural in that death had no legitimate claim on Him. He did no sin (1 Peter 2:22); had no sin (1 John 3:5); knew no sin (2 Cor 5:21). He was without blemish and without spot (1 Peter 1:19).
The Death of Christ Was SUPER-NATURAL. As His birth was different than any other birth, so His death was different than any other death. Jesus told His disciples, I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. John 10:17-18
It is my hope today, as we examine the words which fell from the lips of our Saviour while upon the cross, that God will speak to our heart’s concerning the enormous importance of what took place the day of Christ Crucifixion.
Scripture records 7 statements that the Saviour made from the cross. These seven statements are windows of divine revelation that help us understand the eternal work God accomplished on Calvary.
1. WORDS OF FORGIVENESS: Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34
2. WORDS OF SALVATION: Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. Luke 23:39-43. No Purgatory.
3. WORDS OF TENDERNESS: Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home (John 19:25-27).
4. WORDS OF ANGUISH: And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Matthew 27:46
5. WORDS OF SUFFERING: - After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. John 19:28
6. WORDS OF VICTORY: When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. John 19:30
7. WORDS OF REST: And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. Luke 23:46