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Last Words

The last words of a dying person are normally never forgotten. A person's last words sometimes reveal their pain and agony. Some enter eternity without saying anything, while others speak out sentiments that reveal their inner most thoughts.

General John Sedgwick, who fought in the Civil War, had his final words cut off in mid-sentence as his soldiers were seeking cover from some sharpshooters. This is what he said, “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist…”

Blues singer Bessie Jones died saying, ‘I’m going, but I’m going in the name of the Lord.’

In the weeks up to Easter we’re going to be looking at a series that will be about the final words of Jesus from the cross. All these words are filled with great meaning. They’re definitely not the words of someone who didn’t say enough when He was alive. We have His amazing teaching in the four gospels and we have His final seven sayings as well.

These words came from Jesus’ lips, while His sacrificed blood splashed on the ground below. Most of His time on the cross was spent in silence and yet seven sentences are recorded for us. His throat was parched with thirst, he had no energy to waste on trivial matters. Each word helps us to understand Jesus Christ and the cross better.

The first three sentences take place between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and noon:

1. “Father, forgive them.” (Luke 23:34)
2. “Today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
3. “Dear woman, here is your son.” (John 19:26)

From noon to 3:00 p.m., there was darkness over the land. Then beginning about 3:00 p.m., Jesus uttered his final words:

4. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)
5. “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
6. “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
7. “Into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)

All these words teach a rich doctrine of Christianity, forgiveness, faith, family, the humanity of Christ, the fulfilment of Scripture, the justification of the believer and the absolute certainty of eternity.

I’m looking forward to this new series at Lakes, and know that the Lord is going to impact each of us in a very real way as we listen to His word being spoken into our lives. 

God Bless you

Mike

Tuesday 21st of February 2017

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