Pay attention to the words of a dying man, in it are revealed mysteries, wisdom and profound truths about life because this is a person that has lived.
The season of Easter is one of the most important celebrations in the Christian faith. On Friday the 14th of April 2017, I attended a Good Friday Service to commemorate the crucifixion of Christ on calvary. During the service, seven ministers each spoke about a message that our Lord Jesus Christ shared as He was being crucified.
These messages are very important and contain divine truths, insights, and lessons for our walk in Christ.
In this blog post, I will like to share with you some important highlights that stood out to me as I listened to these seven (7) sermons on this day.
Luke 23:34: Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.
Our Lord Jesus Christ when He spoke this word, released the gift of FORGIVENESS to all humanity (the past, present and future generations). My forgiveness, your forgiveness, our forgiveness and their forgiveness was pronounced by our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross on this fateful day. Something that stood that to me was, Christ forgave us at a point when He was experiencing the most excruciating pains of His life of all times. He forgave when it was at the most painful point of His life. Jesus Christ, I will be forever grateful to You for this gift of forgiveness. This is what I know that we have been forgiven in Christ to also forgive others. He forgave us even when we did not see our wrong. This is the lesson that I learned, that I lay up this forgiveness in my heart always and readily to give out to whoever may need it in my life (the past, present and future offenders all have my forgiveness). Christ forgave me that I may forgive always even when it is most painful to do so.
Luke 23:43: Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise
All are welcome to His eternal glory. In the context of this message, Jesus Christ was being crucified with two offenders, one His right and the other on His left. One of them sincerely acknowledged Christ as the Savior and pleaded with Him to remember Him in His Kingdom. This repented offender represents many of us who have come to accept Christ. On that fateful day when we confessed our sins and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, our King accepted us and welcomed us to sit with Him in heavenly places. Jesus Christ made us new in Him and united us into the family of God to share in His eternal glory. Unfortunately, there are many out there that took the path of the other offender who remained hardened in His heart and failed to accept the salvation that Christ gives. Dear one, it does not matter your past, your current lifestyle, who you are and what you are doing. Please know this, that, when you give your life to Christ, He makes you new in Him (holy and righteous) a child of the most high God who shares in His eternal Glory. God is calling you today to make you His, do not harden your heart.
John 19:26–27: Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother.
Jesus Christ never leaves us alone, all our needs and desires are fulfilled in Him. As Jesus Christ watched His mother grieve for Him and heart so deeply hurt to see the pains of her son, our Lord not thinking about Himself calls John (the apostle) and appoints him to take care of His mother. We serve a wonderful and a faithful God who always seeks to meet our needs and cares in life. As Christians we represent John when Christ looks for someone to go to the poor will you avail yourself for Christ to send you? When Christ looks for the one to stop for the brokenhearted, will you avail yourself to be the hands and feet of Christ to reach out to His beloved children? In this message Christ speaks to us about being each other’s keeper, He speaks to us about stopping for the one, availing ourselves to be vessels that He will use to provide and meet the needs of His children. Many are suffering in the world because we have fewer Christians yielding to the call of God on their lives. Church let us arise and behold the ones the Lord is calling us to serve.
Our God our provider, He never leaves us alone.
Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34 My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?
God hates sin! Our sin was laid upon Christ on calvary, and His beloved Father turned His back, He could not look at the sin of the world on His beloved son. Our Lord Jesus Christ took upon Himself our sin that we will be accepted. We serve a Holy God who calls us to holiness, our Lord Jesus Christ who was declared to be the beloved of the Father had to be forsaken because of sin. Sin separates humanity from God and it is important that we understand the need to abide in holiness and righteousness that has been given to us in Christ Jesus that we will not be forsaken by the Father.
John 19:28: I thirst.
The thirst of a dying man is very intense and in that moment all that they desire is water to quench this deep need for their body. Our Lord received sour wine instead of water when He said He was thirsty. The revelation in this was that all those who thirst in Christ shall be filled with His righteousness (Matthew 5:16). Many in the world are seeking things to make them happy, some of this include worldly ambitions, love life, worldly pleasures and all kinds of things but none of these things can satisfy the deep need of man except Christ alone. Jesus Christ fills our thirst and makes us content and fufilled with everlasting joy in Him.
John 19:30: It is finished. (From the Greek “Tetelestai” which is also translated “It is accomplished”, or “It is complete”.)-It is Finished.
Our salvation was sealed. Christ completed the work, He drank of the cup that Father had laid up for Him and every bit of it without leaving a drop that you and I may have eternal life. Hallelujah, our salvation was bought by the King of glory on calvary on this day. It was done, the power of sin was broken, victory was won for you and me. It is finished, addictions no longer have no power in Christ, sorcery has no power in Christ, depression has no power, it is finished in Christ!
Luke 23:46: Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.
Finally, our Lord commended His Spirit into His Father’s hands, teaching us the virtue of surrendering our lives to God always. He commended His spirit to His Father signifying that His life is not His own, that He belongs to the Father. Our lives belong to Christ, in all we do and become is by Him and for Him and so I entreat you dear one to always commend your life to God as our Lord Jesus Christ taught us on calvary.
I pray that the seven(7) messages our Lord shared on Calvary will bless your heart and enlighten your understanding about the gift of salvation that we have received in Jesus Christ.
May God bless you!