Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
On the Cross, our Lord was occupied with others.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
The most dramatic exhibition of the character and nature of God is revealed by the divine love and divine omnipotence in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ.
JOH 13:35 “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
The theme of the 2008 NE Bible Conference was relationships. The cross revealed the love of God, and that love of God is at the center of every strong relationship.
Relationships are transformed when we see the Risen Lord walking between the two of us.
2CO 5:14-15 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
Occupation with Christ is the only way a believer can handle the problems of marriage, romance, friendship, business, profession, or job, and the problems of constantly bumping into people in various situations.
He is the bond between true believer friends, the foundation of a strong Christian marriage, and the mysterious great power operating amidst the Royal Family.
The seven sayings of our Lord when He was on the cross.
His first prayer was a petition for others.
He was dealing with a relationship: this relationship between His enemies and His Father.
JOH 5:23 in order that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
The first statement dealt with the word forgiveness for His enemies.
But, one of the thieves had a complete reversal of mental attitude not in regard to sin, but in regard to the Person of Jesus Christ.
Christ’s mind was on giving this new believer assurance of His salvation.
He turned to the Lord Jesus Christ for help, and he went to exactly the right Person!
Even in His dying moment, when He was in the midst of terrible agony and pain, He took time to think of the one who was the mother of His humanity and to make provision for her.
He confirmed a new relationship between His mother and the apostle John.
The affection and care that the Lord showed others while going through the tremendous suffering of the cross.
He had therefore no other way to provide for his mother than by asking a friend. It is a great honor to be utilized by Christ, and to be entrusted with any of that which is His interest in the world.
MAT 26:56 Then all the disciples left Him and fled.
Here is our Lord, occupied with the most strenuous work ever done, not only on earth but in the entire universe;
under a burden which no one else could possibly have sustained...,
and still caring for others.
LAM 3:22-23 The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.
The fourth cry indicated that He was being judged for us. The fourth statement deals with anguish, MAR 15:34;MAT 27:46.
God the Father with whom He had eternal and unbroken fellowship had to break that fellowship, that relationship, at this moment.
Jesus Christ offered Himself as the sacrifice in front of human and angelic eyes to demonstrate the character and nature of His Father. His death fundamentally changed the relationship between creatures and their God.
We are shown the indisputable evidence that God is just, righteous - HOLY - and loving and gracious.
HEB 13:5 for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”
The cry “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” points to His love for us.
JOH 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
The fifth cry on the cross can be identified by the word suffering,
In the volume of that Book which expressed the will of God, it was written that He should thirst!
The importance of the Word of God.
PSA 69:21 They also gave me gall for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
The one Who said
JOH 7:37 “If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink,” was Himself thirsty.
If the Lord had not thirsted for us, every one of us would have an eternal thirst forever separated from God.
The sixth saying of the cross can be described by the word victory. When the Lord Jesus Christ said “It is finished” He evidenced the fact that salvation was complete. Consequently, when He said, “It is finished,” He made it very clear that to add anything to the finished work of salvation is sheer blasphemy! “It is finished” = Tetelestai!
All which was needful to reveal the glorious character of God had now been accomplished.
That everything necessary for the putting away of the sins of His people, providing for them a perfect standing before God, securing for them an eternal inheritance and fitting them for it, had all been done.
He had taken care of everything when it came to others, to repairing that relationship between God and mankind.
The seventh and final phrase can be described by the word, contentment, LUK 23:46.
There is a change in the vocative from “My God” of the previous phrase to “Father.”
His relationship - sweet fellowship - with His Father is now resumed.
LUK 23:34 “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
He was occupied with the needs of His enemies and the reputation of His Father.
LUK 23:43 “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
He was occupied with giving assurance of salvation to this thief.
JOH 19:26-27 “Woman, behold, your son!”
“Behold, your mother!”
He was occupied with taking care of His mom and one of His best friends.
MAT 27:46 “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
The unbearable pain of separation from His Father mingled with the great joy of being consumed by His love for us in satisfying that Father’s character.
JOH 19:28 “I am thirsty.”
He was occupied with the Word of God and doing all that His Father asked Him to do.
JOH 19:30 “It is finished!”
He was occupied with completing the mission of rescuing many sons and daughters and bringing us to glory.
LUK 23:46 “Father, into Thy hands I commit My spirit.”
He was occupied with His reunion with His beloved Father.
He was occupied with OTHERS.
PHI 2:3-5 Do nothing motivated by contentiousness or ambitious pride, but with humility of mind [by means of grace orientation] let each of you keep on considering one another as more important than himself; do not merely be regarding your own personal interests, but also for the personal interests of others. Keep on thinking this [doctrine] within yourselves which was also resident in Christ Jesus,”
The Church Age is all about a relationship! It is the mystery of the relationship between Christ the Head and His Body, the Church, the Royal Family of God. The closest relationship you as a believer have is with the One who is literally inside you - the Lord Jesus Christ, God the Holy Spirit, and God the Father.