Seven Last Words

The 1st of the 7 Last Words of Jesus on the Cross
Speaker: Sis. Tina Detablan

The first 3 of the 7 Last words of Jesus are focused on ministering to and caring for the need of others. In the 1st of the 7 Last Words Jesus, He interceded, He prayed for those who were persecuting Him. The Lord Jesus prayed in Luke 23:34

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

The Son of God came down to earth. He was crucified for the forgiveness of our wickedness. Christ’s crucifixion was the complete payment, ransom for the penalty of our transgressions, our sins. When He asked God the Father to forgive those people who tortured and crucified Him, did it mean that He loved them also?

Christ exemplified what He said in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one that this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

Christ exhibited how much He loved us when He let Himself to be crucified. Believers become beneficiaries of His sacrificial love. We become His friends when we believe Him. We can experience more of His love as we continue to trust Him. If we trust that He paid for our sin, can we not trust Him to help us follow His examples?

At His crucifixion, did Jesus get angry against those who tortured Him? Does failure to forgive those who have wronged us produce resentment? Does bitterness of heart that makes us slave to anger? Some medical experts have theorized that the unwillingness to forgive could also result to some kind of physical, emotional and psychological illness that cannot be cured by modern technology.

Forgiving others is catharsis to the soul. It’s like removing thorn from the heart.

Someone named “Dodinsky” said that “Forgiving is rediscovering the shining path of peace that at first you thought others took away when they betrayed you.”

Lewis B. Smedes wrote: “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Paul Boese said, “Forgiveness does not change the past but it brightens the future.

When Christ sought God the Father to forgive those who tortured Him, He displayed that He has the power to enable us forgive others. Amen?

Let us pause for a moment:

Think of that person or persons you did not like or you hated the most.

Think of that person who hurt your feelings or did bad things to you recently.

Ask the Lord to give you a forgiving heart, by faith and by His grace that you may forgive that person. Pray that you will see evidences that you forgave him/her.

Shall we do that?

Let’s Pray: Lord Jesus, thank You for exemplifying how to forgive those who have hurt us. Grant me, Lord, a forgiving heart that I may forgive those who hurt me as You have forgiven my sins. With Your grace, Oh, Lord, I claim by faith that I can now forgive and have forgiven those who hurt me. In your name I pray. Amen!

 

The 2nd of the 7 Last Words of Jesus on the Cross
Speaker: Sis. Tina Detablan

In the 2nd of the 7 Last Words of Jesus, He assured the repentant crucified thief who has put his hope in Him to join Him in His paradise.  Jesus told the repentant thief in Luke 23:43…   43“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

This promise of Jesus to the repentant crucified thief should help us trust the sincerity of Christ’s promise of eternal life. If Jesus can give assurance to the thief who put his trust in Him, any sinner who trusts Jesus can have assurance of eternal life.

Jesus gave assurance of eternal life when the repentant thief was still alive.

While we are still alive, our faith in Jesus makes us certain to live in His heaven one day. Like the repentant thief who was also crucified along with Jesus, we can receive everlasting life if we put our trust in Christ and repent of our sins.

The thief deserved to be punished and die for the crime he had committed.

But no amount sin, crime, or wrongdoings could stop him to live in heaven for eternity because he trusted in Jesus as his Savior. Repentance is an act of faith.

Faith is God’s gift. Faith compels us to repent of our sins and trust that Jesus saved us. When we accept Jesus as Savior, He lives in us and gives us eternal life. But how can we be assured of eternal life since Jesus is not physically here to tell us audibly about our assurance like the repentant thief? In 1 John 4:13, 13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.

To make sure of His promise of eternal life when pray to believe and receive Jesus as our Savior, God sent the Spirit of Christ into our hearts to remove doubts. The Spirit of Christ helps us grow in our faith. When we grow in faith, we grow in our faithfulness to keep trusting the Lord no matter what happens around us.

Christ’s Spirit will make changes in our life—from old behavior to new lifestyle.

As our faith grows, faithfulness becomes more consistent, and we live a lifestyle acceptable to Him. The Bible is our manual what lifestyle is acceptable to the Lord.

Just as Jesus assured the repentant thief that he will be with Him in heaven,

Christ is also assuring you and me today that we will live with Him in His heaven.

Let’s pause for a moment:

Have you sincerely accepted Christ as Savior and Lord? Have you repented?

If so, give thanks to the Lord for your eternal life and the forgiveness of sins.

It you are still in doubt, ask God to make you be sure of your eternal life.

Let’s Pray: Lord Jesus, Thank You for the eternal life You have given me. Please give me a heart full of gratitude that I may keep giving thanks to You eternally. Remove any doubt from my heart but fill me with full assurance that I will be living with You in Your heaven one day. Let the Holy Spirit bear fruit in my life. Amen!

 

The 3rd of the 7 Last Words of Jesus on the Cross
Speaker: Sis. Ianne de Leon

In the 3rdof the 7 Last Words of Jesus, He showed concern to Mary, the virgin who gave birth to Him. He also showed concern to John, the beloved disciple. In John 19:26-27, 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

During the last hours of His life on the cross, the loving character of Jesus became more apparent. Christ showed His concern to those who persecuted Him, those who had their hope in Him, and those who served with Him.

  1. 26 says… When Jesus saw his mother… the word “mother” points back to the time when Mary ministered to His needs from birth until He became mature.

This is also a reminder to all of us that we need to respect and honor our parents who sacrificed for us, especially our mothers who gave birth to us.

Mary and John followed Jesus to the cross. There were other disciples who followed Him but Mary and John were closer to Jesus than any other disciples.

This 3rd of the 7 Last Words of Jesus should also remind us that the more we grow and draw closer to Him, the more we can experience His care for us.

We can only be grateful of the love and care of God that we know about.

Can we sincerely thank God for the things that we know nothing about?

It does not mean that if we do not know that God would give us He won’t give it. But we can be more grateful and thank God sincerely when we recognized that things we receive come from Him.

Illustration: Do you believe that God gives us different weathers and seasons?

Different seasons are a picture of different circumstances that God allows. Just as we prefer a particular weather or season, we also prefer particular situations in life just as we also cannot appreciate some events.

Christ didn’t wait for fine moment to show He cares. Suffering on the cross was the perfect moment for Him to exhibit care for His mother and beloved disciple.

His mother and beloved disciple were two persons Jesus has cared so much. Did Jesus exemplify care for parents and disciple? Don’t wait until your parents die to give a heartfelt eulogy. Anytime is right time to show we care for parents.

We are also reminded to have disciples and care for them.

Ask God to help you be thankful for your parents and to have disciple.

Let’s Pray: Lord Jesus, Thank You for reminding us today to be grateful for our parents, especially our mothers. Help me Lord that I may continue to respect and honor my parents. Help me also to have a disciple to care for. Amen!

 

The 4th of the 7 Last Words of Jesus on the Cross
Speaker: Sis. Ianne de Leon

The 4th of the 7 Last Words of Jesus is when He said in Matthew 27:46…..

46 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

It is sure sad to be forsaken by our own parents. Jesus felt that God the Father has forsaken or abandoned Him. God the Father left His son Jesus Christ to complete His mission on earth. How many times have you felt as if God had abandoned you?

When the Son of God expressed the feeling of being forsaken by His own Father, theological issues had been raised. Of all the 7 Last Words of Jesus, the 4th is asking for a reason. Did Jesus not know why He was forsaken? Why did He ask?

If Jesus is God, should He feel forsaken?  To be forsaken shows His humanity.

While the 4th of the 7 Last Words of Jesus manifests His dependence to God the Father, it also invites more questions about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.

It is great to have enough idea about the Holy Trinity and the distinctive role of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit but we don’t need to defend the things we don’t know about. As believers, it is far more productive for us to learn how to live in obedience to Christ than to join a heated argument.

The Lord Jesus had reasoned out with the teachers of the Law and Pharisees but among those leaders whom Jesus had a conversation with, only a handful have decided to follow Him… in secret…  Yeah! Right! Just in secret!

In says in John 19:38, 38Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jewish leaders.

Reason cannot persuade people to believe. We need faith to trust the Lord. When there’s confusion around us, in the church, it’s easy to feel forsaken. Remember that Jesus did feel forsaken but He did not quit trusting His Father. Trust in Christ!

God allowed His Son Jesus to feel forsaken for us to know that God allows storms as well as sunshine. God let His Son to feel being forsaken because of His Grand Design of salvation. God allowed us to go through struggles and storms of life because He is building a greater character in us as we grow in our faith in Him.

If we can persevere and remain faithful to God through storms of life, it shows growth in our faith in Him. We need to grow in our faith in God because there are still challenges of life we are to face as we wait for the coming of our Savior again.

Perseverance is a sign that the Spirit of God is working in and through our life.

Christ can easily enable us to have joyful and peaceful lifestyle in spite of many trials and difficulties in this world if we earnestly submit to His Lordship over our life.

Do you feel forsaken? God remains faithful even when others forsake us.

Let’s Pray: Lord Jesus, Thank You for enduring the cross for the forgiveness of my sins. Bless me, Oh, Lord, that I may continue to submit to Your Lordship over my life. Please, help me Lord, to persevere even when things seem difficult sometimes.

The 5th of the 7 Last Words of Jesus on the Cross
Speaker: Bro. Dave de Leon

The 5th of the 7 Last Word of Jesus is written in John 19:2828 “I am thirsty.”

The 4th and 5th statements of Jesus were focused on Himself—what He felt on the cross. Jesus expressed the feeling of needs. He might have been thinking aloud of what He was experiencing when He was getting near to His death on the cross.

Experts suggest that to express in words an emotional experience, pleasant or unpleasant feeling, it would add some kind of relief. When a child says, “I am Thirsty!” his mother may automatically provide for a drink. But if the child remains silent even if he is thirsty, he may expect but may not get a needed help.

Jesus was also helpless at the cross. He needed help because both arms and feet were nailed on the cross. His experience of human need ignited an unending debate about His humanity and divinity. Scholars suggest that thirsty feeling is commonly felt when a person has lost too much blood.  After Jesus lost much blood, He was thirsty.

Interestingly, theologians highly exert that Jesus’ thirsty feeling proves that Jesus is 100% human when He died on the cross. Such view would preclude, it would pre-empt any assumption that: “Since Jesus is the Son of God He did not really die on the cross.” His thirsty feeling upholds the doctrine of Christ’s humanity.

To believe in Christ is to believe that every account of the death of Jesus is true. A little doubt about Jesus’ death and resurrection may shake and weaken our faith. Our faith in God fails to mature when doubt lingers in our heart and mind.

When Jesus said He was thirsty, He identified Himself with human needs. He identified with human sufferings, struggles, and trials. He exemplified on the cross that human sufferings including death can never separate us from the love of God.

We can trust Christ as the Son of God. He is God but He is also human. He understands it perfectly when we pray for His help. He knows what we need as humans (physical, material, spiritual) because He became human and He was in need.

Thirsty feeling should prompt us to plea for the living water that would satisfy our thirst. We should pray as if we are thirsty for water when we ask God for help. The level or the intensity of our prayer exhibits how much we thirst for God’s help.

Christ can satisfy every spiritual and physical need. He invites in John 7:37-39, 37 “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

Let’s Pray: Lord Jesus, thank You because I am very sure that You would understand my human needs., Lord. Help me humble myself to come to You more often to plea for Your help to satisfy my spiritual thirst. Help me to pray as if I am thirsty for Your answer. Help me anticipate Your answers each time I pray.

The 6th of the 7 Last Words of Jesus on the Cross

Speaker: Bro. Dave de Leon

 

The 6th of the 7 Last Words of Jesus is in John 19:30….30  “It is finished”

The Lord Jesus has declared that the penalty of every single sin has already been paid for. When He said, “It is finished!”  the original word is “Tetelestai” which literally means, “It is paid in full!”  In other words, “Our sin is completely paid for!”

Jesus declared that all of the sins of humanity from Adam to the last sinner in the future were already completely punished on the cross. One may ask: “If Jesus was already punished for all our sins, then does that mean that anyone can enter heaven even if they do not believe? They don’t need to be punished anymore, right?”

Another question is: Why is it then that there are still many people who are acting or living as if they were not yet freed from the slavery of sin?

Imagine this……If someone offers a round trip airplane ticket for each of us to go to Jerusalem, does that mean that we can enter Jerusalem assuming that we all have the needed documents: Visa, or Passport and everything else?

The ticket has been paid for but if you do not want to accept the ticket, do not go to the airport, and do not get in the airplane then you will just stay where you are thinking and believing that you have reach Jerusalem but actually not, right?

Jesus has paid for our ticket to enter heaven but many would not believe and they would hesitate to accept it because they prefer to stay where they are. Jesus died and shed blood as ransom, payment for our sin. Freedom from penalty of sin and entering heaven is possible only when we believe Jesus and let Him to be our Master.

To have a real experience of the saving power of Jesus, it is also necessary for us to trust Him as our Lord. To have a real experience of freedom from the slavery of sin, we should allow Christ to perform His Lordship in our life.

We can choose to be freed or exempted from the punishment of sin if we trust that Jesus has paid all the penalties for our sins. We can never expect to have eternal life if sin continues to be our master. To have eternal life is to have Jesus in our life.

It says in 1 John 5:11-12, 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

Have you received the gift of eternal life or freedom from the slavery of sin?

Are you now living a lifestyle indicating that you are freed from the slavery of sin?

Take this time to re-dedicate your life to the Lord. Ask God for the forgiveness of your sins and seek the Lord’s help to perform His Lordship over your life.

Let’s Pray: Lord Jesus, I am re-dedicating my life to You again. Be the Lord and Savior of my life now and forever more. Let me live a life that would manifest Your lordship over life. Help me faithfully submit to Your Lordship day after day. Amen!

The 7th of the 7 Last Words of Jesus on the Cross
Speaker: Pastor Lorenz Sallong II

The last and 7th words of Jesus on the cross, we can read it in Luke 23:46

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

Jesus marked the fulfillment of Him mission assignment in the Grand Design of Salvation when He surrendered His Spirit to the Father. He yielded to the authority of His Father to take control and be in-charge of everything.

We ask the question: “Since Jesus has already paid everything when said: ‘It is finished!’ why should He die? He already suffered the punishment that was supposed to be upon us, it was already completely paid for, right? In Hebrew 9:22 it says: “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.”

Actually, Jesus died even before the last drop of His blood came out of His body.

In John 19:33-34, 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 

The soldier made sure Jesus has died when he pierced Him with spear.

Jesus died not because he ran out of His blood.

Jesus died because He gave up His Spirit to the Father.

What is the significance of the last statement of Jesus for us today?

When Jesus committed His Spirit to God the Father, He trusted that God the Father would not leave Him alone in the grave.

God is in control of life and death.

God knows the time when we were born and the time when it’s time for us to go.

Jesus death is the final signature that He has freed us from the penalty of sin.

When Jesus resurrected, it was the ultimate display of God’s power to make our hope more secure that one day we will also resurrect if we die and live with Him forever.

God will not leave anyone on the grave: believers or not.

Believers will resurrect to heaven. Non-believers will resurrect to where they belong.

When Jesus gave up His Spirit to the Father, this is also the best example that Jesus did not work on His own alone but He submitted to the will of God the Father.

People without the Spirit of God in their life are actually spiritually dead.

Spiritually dead people do not understand the word of God who is a Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:14The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.

We may or may not explain well the 7 Last Words of Jesus but His Spirit living in our life would use every word we hear to trust Jesus all the more.

To Summarize everything here…

The 1st of the 7 Last Words of Jesus was focused on the needs to be forgiven of those who tortured Jesus and for the forgiveness of our sins, too.

The 2nd of the 7 Last Words of Jesus was focused on the assurance of eternal life of the repentant thief who put his trust in Christ and all who would trust in Jesus.

The 3rd statement is a reminder for us to respect our parent, to make disciple and that we will come to know better the caring love of Jesus if we draw closer to Him.

The 4th word of Jesus reminds us to keep on persevering even at times we feel like God has forsaken us, we keep on trusting our God. Be His grace we can persevere.

The 5th word of Jesus would challenge us to thirst for righteousness. Freedom from sin is slavery to righteousness. Christ knows our needs just as He was also in need.

The 6th word of Jesus should remove from our heart the fear of being punished in hell because Jesus has completed all the necessary payment for our sins.

The 7th and Last Word of Jesus committing His Spirit to the Father is a reminder that we should submit to the Lordship of Jesus just as He submit everything to the Father.

Let’s ask the Lord to help us fully trust that His will is the best for our betterment.

When Jesus committed His Spirit to the Father, He knew that God would not leave Him decay in the grave. If we trust that God would resurrect us one day if die before the coming of Christ, should we not trust that God has the best design for our life?

We can only have real experience of God’s best design for us if we can fully submit every aspect of our life to His authority, to the Lordship of Christ.

Jesus declared in Matthew 28:1818 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

No problem or concern in life is too difficult for our Lord Jesus if we seek His help.

Remember that Jesus has all authority in heaven (decision who would enter and not).

He has authority on earth (over finances, relationship, emotion, physical health, circumstance) what else?

Shall we bow down and express our gratitude that our Lord Jesus sacrificed for us to experience the Christian lifestyle we are experiencing now.

Let’s ask Him to help us be thankful for the assurance of our eternal life for all eternity.

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