Sermon on The Seven Last Words from the Cross

 "The Seven Last Words on the Cross: A Divine Symphony of Redemption"

The words spoken by Jesus on the cross bear profound significance for our faith and understanding of His sacrifice. We gather to reflect upon the seven last words of our Lord as He hung upon the cross, revealing the depths of His love and the promise of redemption.

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I. "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do" (Luke 23:34)

Jesus pleads for forgiveness for those who crucified Him, demonstrating the incredible depth of His love and mercy. He exemplifies the divine grace that seeks to redeem even the worst of sinners.

II. "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise" (Luke 23:43)

To the repentant thief crucified beside Him, Jesus offers the assurance of eternal life. This word reminds us that salvation is a gift available to all who turn to Him in faith, regardless of their past.

III. "Woman, Behold Your Son... Behold Your Mother" (John 19:26-27)

From the cross, Jesus entrusts the care of His mother, Mary, to the beloved disciple John, illustrating His concern for family and the importance of spiritual community.

IV. "My God, My God, Why have You forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46)

Jesus cries out the opening words of Psalm 22, expressing the agony of separation from God as He bore the weight of our sin. This word underscores the depth of His sacrifice on our behalf.

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V. "I Thirst" (John 19:28)

Jesus, in His human frailty, articulates His physical suffering, but this cry also symbolizes His desire to quench our spiritual thirst and bring us living water.

VI. "It is Finished" (John 19:30)

Jesus declares the accomplishment of His mission – the redemption of humanity. His sacrifice fulfills the Old Testament prophecies and establishes the New Covenant.

VII. "Father, into Your Hands I commend My Spirit" (Luke 23:46)

Jesus entrusts His spirit into the hands of the Father, signifying His obedience to the divine plan and the completion of His earthly journey.

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As we reflect on the seven last words of Jesus on the cross, we are reminded of the unparalleled love, sacrifice, and redemption He brought to humanity. These words are a testament to His mission of salvation, His compassion for the lost, and His victory over sin and death.

May we carry these words in our hearts, understanding the depth of His love and the promise of redemption they convey. Through His sacrifice, we find forgiveness, salvation, and the hope of eternal life. Let us draw near to the cross, for it is there that we discover the boundless love of our Savior.

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John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (NVI)