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Step Towards Transformation

The Seven Last Words

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GOOD FRIDAY SERMON ON 25TH MARCH,2016

1-Luke 23:33-34 – The First Word-Forgiveness [Human Ignorance- So Bless Your Enemies]

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

First, about ourselves. Have you ever wondered about the meaning of the second part of this first word from the cross, “they do not know what they are doing“? To whom was our Lord referring?

ILLUSTRATION: Once upon a time, according to an ancient parable, a holy man was engaged in his morning meditation under a tree whose roots stretched out over the riverbank. During his meditation he noticed that the river was rising, and a scorpion caught in the roots was about to drown. He crawled out on the roots and reached down to free the scorpion, but every time he did so, the scorpion struck out at him. An observer came along and said to the holy man, “Don’t you know that’s a scorpion, and it’s in the nature of a scorpion to want to sting?” To which the holy man replied, “That may well be, but it is my nature to love, and must I change my nature because the scorpion does not change his?”

Here is a parable of God and man. God loves and forgives, while we sting and fight and resist.

This Is The Reason Jesus Went On The Cross- To Forgive Our Sins.And To Join Us To God[1 Peter 3:18]

NOTE:

  • First Adam Blamed But Last Adam Took It Upon Himself.
  • Jesus Reversed The Curse By Blessing

REFLECTION:

  • Col 3:13..Forgiving One Another –Why? Matt 6:15. Bless your enemies.

INTERCESSION:

  • For People To Recognise Moral Blindness
  • For People Who Were Thoughtlessly Evil Unaware Of Their Criminality
  • For All Believers To Understand The Ministry Of Reconciliation[2 Cor. 5:18]

2-Luke 23:39-43 – The Second Word-Salvation [Fellowship With God Restored- So Comfort A Fellow Sufferer]

“I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

What do we learn about God? We learn about His victorious grace. “For it is by grace you have been saved,” says Paul (Eph 2:8). Consider the thief. He did nothing to deserve salvation; he had no good works, no righteousness, no morality. Here is a man whose entire life has been godless and wicked. Yet, he is saved. Why? Because of God’s grace.
NOTE:

  • Adam Lost Fellowship And Died Spiritually But We Can Be Born Again Spiritually
  • Adam Lost Paradise But Jesus Led Us Back To Paradise

REFLECTION:

  • Repent  And Change Your Thinking And Encourage With Words Of Comfort For A Fellow Sufferrer.

INTERCESSION:

  • For unbelievers to come in faith
  • For All Believers To encourage others

3-John 19:25-27 – The Third Word-Affection[ New Family,The Church- So Establish Relationship With The Lonely

“Dear woman, here is your son.” “Here is your mother.”You may well ask why Mary was given into the hands of John rather than into the care of Jesus’ brothers or sisters?

As compared to Jesus’ brothers and sisters, there is something special about Mary and the Beloved Disciple. Mary and John believe in Jesus, they accept Him as Savior and Lord, whereas Jesus’ brothers and sisters, says Scripture, “did not believe in him” (Jn 7:5).

Do you realize what was happening here? Beneath the cross of Jesus a new fellowship was created. The blood of Christ formed a new community. Through His redemptive work upon the cross Jesus forged a new fellowship of the redeemed. We know it as the Church!

NOTE:

  • When Sin Entered , We Lost Fellowship With One Another And The Family Broke Up.
  • When Sin Was Conquered On The Cross A New Family Church Was Formed

REFLECTION:

  • Establish Relationship With The Lonely Ones.

INTERCESSION:

  • For All Believers To Come To Unity And Bonding And Serve One Another

4-Matthew 27:45-46 – The Fourth Word-Anguish[ Result Of Rejection-So Think Of All The Oppressed And Helpless ]

“Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”

This cry demands an answer. Why did God forsake Jesus in both body and soul? The reason was sin. It was because of sin – your sin, my sin – that Christ was forsaken and abandoned by God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Jesus became sin for us. He became sin, He took on our sin, He was cursed and abandoned and forsaken, all to save us from our sin.

REFLECTION:

  • Think Of All The Oppressed And Helpless

INTERCESSION:

  • For All Believers To Understand That Sin Separates Us From Fathers Love

5-John 19:28-29 – The Fifth Word-Suffering[Negative(Thirsty People) And Positive(Do The Will Of God)- So Consider The People Who Are Denied Basic Sustenance]

“I am thirsty.”

I am told that of all the needs of the human body, thirst is by far the most agonizing. One can endure hunger for a fairly long time. It is amazing how much physical pain the body can take. But thirst is like a consuming fire.

(Ps 42:1-2) As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. (2) My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

“I am thirsty.” Whether we admit or not, that is the cry of every man and woman and child. Deep down what we need, Who we need, is God. Our deepest and greatest need is for fellowship with God.

NOTE:

  • What Does God Thirst  For? In John 4:32,34, At The Well Jesus Depends On Human Woman To Give Him Water To Satisfy His Thirst. When She Accepted Him As The Messiah Jesus Was Satisfied.
  • Jesus Gets Satisfied From Doing The Will Of The Father

REFLECTION:

  • Consider The People Who Are Denied Basic Sustenance.

INTERCESSION:

  • For All Believers To Obey Gods Will In Reaching Out To Lost Souls By Evangelising

6-John 19:30 – The Sixth Word-Atonement [Righteousness Of God- So Do Not Condemn But Encourage People]

“It is finished.”

What was finished? His life, to be sure. But so much more as well. His work as Redeemer, as Mediator, was finished. No more sacrifice for sins was necessary. Never again would He be whipped and scorned, mocked and jeered. Never again did He have to experience the curse of the cross. Never again would God forsake Him.
NOTE:

  • Hebrews 10: 10. 14, 17

REFLECTION:

  • Do Not Condemn But Encourage People.

INTERCESSION:

  • For All Believers To Encourage And Build Up Unbelivers In Believing Gods Wo

7-Luke 23:46 – The Seventh Word-Commitment[Complete Dedication-So Worship God In Spirit And Truth]

“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”

When we put our children to bed at night we teach them to pray, “Now I lay me down to sleep …” In the same way, every Hebrew child was taught to pray, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”

Jesus was in the hands of men, sinful men, brutal men. But now He is going into the hands of God. “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”

The most precious thing you have is your spirit. And, that spirit is secure only when it is in the hands of God. “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”
NOTE:

  • Do Not Have Devotion But Worship In Spirit[ Acts 16:14 And John 4:23-24]
  • Devotion Is Godliness Without Power[2 Tim 3:5] But Worship In Spirit Is With Power.

REFLECTION:

  • Are You A Worshiper Or A Devotee

INTERCESSION:

  • For All Believers To Worship God In Spirit And Truth

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