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Summary: A seven part series on the last words of Christ- for this He cameThat we might live with Him

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The Real meaning behind Christmas

In a month or so you may sit down to enjoy a movie in which a story of fiction will be hailed as the truth and many will turn to Christianity and say "I knew that you were fake, no wonder we don't want anything to do with you!"

But before that happens I would like you to consider for a moment the words of God as His Son died for you and for me. I know I joke a lot and will again but only because of 7 words spoken by Christ dying on a wooden cross some 2000 years ago,

"He touched me"

Carlyle called language the garment of thought

... "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks."

(Mathew 12:32) The Bible

The Bible says further

"To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:" Ecclesiastes 3

... A time to keep silence, And a time to speak

On one occasion the Chief priests sent officers to arrest Him. Instead of arresting Him they were arrested by what He said! His speech was as no other. Who are we writing about? Jesus Christ!

He said "The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. {the Gospel of John Chapter 6 verse 63} "But there are some of you who do not believe."

The utterances of Christ Jesus at a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, were 7 in number...

[Seven. Denotes spiritual perfection. It is the number or hall-mark of the Holy Spirit's work. He is the Author of God's Word, and seven is stamped on it as the water-mark is seen in the manufacture of paper. He is the Author and Giver of life; and seven is the number which regulates every period of Incubation and Gestation, in insects, birds, animals, and man. ]

Seven in Scripture suggest the idea of completeness so we can read in these seven sayings from the cross the interpretation of the Love of God for His creation.

The last words of some of the world's greatest men and women have been recorded in books, engraved on marble slabs and monuments.

But the words that have been preserved for us, the seven sayings of the Son of God from the cross stand uniquely preeminent.

As He spoke from Golgotha's brow He used sublime and holy words as the 'garment of His thoughts.'

Of these 7 words 3 were addressed to God the Father and 4 were addressed to men.

Let us look and read these 7 sayings as 7 windows from which we are able to look into the very heart and mind of God!

1. First Let's consider what The Scriptures have to say about The nature of His death and Who He was.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. [ Gospel of John Chapter 1 verse 1 and 14]

Joseph Heart wrote:

The Scriptures and the Word

Bear one tremendous name,

The Living and the Written Word

In all things are the same.

"I HAVE GIVEN THEM THY WORD"

is the all-sufficient assurance of the Lord Jesus Christ, speaking to the Father. He did not say I have given them Aids to devotion. He did not say I have given them a Hymn-book, or I have given them thy Word AND something else.

He did not give anything instead of, or in addition to, that Word.

And that being so, we are assured that the Word which He gave is all-sufficient, in itself, to accomplish all the purposes of God.

The Word that is preached makes known the Written Word; the Word that is written makes known Christ the Living Word; and Christ makes known God our Father.

2. Second, The Apostle Paul tells us in the book of Colossians Chapter 2 verse 9 "For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily"

The Fullness of the Godhead bodily ( absolute Godhead, full Deity the pleroma {Greek for fullness} the totality - the sum total of Deity God in a man

Note: and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.[Colossians Chapter 2 verse 10]

Christ in you and you are in Christ if.... Let us go on and ask the question was Christ any less God in His Death than His life? And we can find our answer in the

Book of 2 Corinthians Chapter 5 verse 18-19 tells us, "Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses [a lapse or deviation from truth and uprightness ] to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation".'[adjustment of a difference, reconciliation, restoration to favor ]

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