Summary: This is the first sermon in a series about the words Jesus spoke from the cross.
Title: Words From the Cross #1
Sub Title: Forgiveness
“This was the most unusual pulpit” “His last words were impressive”
-J. Oswald Chambers
A. The seven sayings from the cross are:
A DOCTRINAL EMPHASIS A SPIRITUAL DUTY
1. The word of Forgiveness 1. Forgive others
2. The word of Salvation 2. Help others
3. The word of Love 3. Care for others
4. The word of Spiritual suffering 4. Ask God
5. The word of Physical suffering 5. Admit your need
6. The word of Triumph 6. Be Assured
7. The word of Committal 7. Let it go
-Full Life Study Bible, Zondervan
- Jack Hayford, How to Live Through A Bad Day, Nelson
B. The sayings of a dying person reveals a great deal about them.
“How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden?”
P. T. Barnum 1891 Circus Entrepreneur
“I should have never switched from Scotch to Martinins”
Humphrey Bogart 1957
“I am bored with it all”
Sir Winston Churchhill 1965
C. Scriptures about forgiveness.
A. The Individuals
B. Those who are Ignorant
“Even when sin is calculated, planned thoroughly, conceived carefully, and executed efficiently, no one really understands the depth or dimension of sin’s destructiveness or the degree of its horrible damage to people. In a real sense all sin is a sin of ignorance.”
-Jack Hayford, How to Live Through A Bad Day
ll. THE PLACE OF FORGIVENESS
Calvary ‘Latin’ means place of the skull.
“It was a hill not far from Jerusalem. It is said that the hill resembled a skull” - Compact Bible Dictionary, Zondervan
Be Courageous, Warren Wiersbe, Luke vol. 2
“Calvary was the place where the contrast between the Savior’s heart of grace and man’s heart of rebellion is most striking. Calvary is the focal point of revelation and history and experience. There God did his best and man did his worst. There faith is justified, hope assured and love conquers”. Gold from Golgotha, Russell B. Jones
B. It was a place of Cursing.
C. It was a place of Compassion.
A. It was a Plea. “Father, forgive them!”
B. It was a Proclamation. “For they know not what they do”
“Sin always takes you farther then you want to stray,