Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The last words of our Lord are very important to us, because of Who spoke them and where they were spoken-the Cross.
Friday, March 12, 2004
These things could be classified as all the flaming missiles of the evil one, EPH 6:16.
“Go on – get out! Last words are for fools
who haven’t said enough!”
These statements are very important to us, not only because of the Person who spoke them but also because of the place where they were spoken from – the cross.
1. LUK 23:34 “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
2. LUK 23:43 “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
3. JOH 19:26-27“Woman, behold, your son!” “Son, behold, your mother!”
4. MAT 27:46 “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”
5. JOH 19:28 “I am thirsty.”
6. JOH 19:30 “It is finished!”
7. LUK 23:46 “Father, into Thy hands I commit My spirit.”
Our Lord had just been the recipient of the worst type of treatment imaginable.
The direction of our Lord’s words – it begins with the word “Father.”
When our Lord entered into His suffering, and while our Lord was enduring suffering, and when our Lord emerged victoriously from His suffering, He spoke to His Father in heaven.
Whenever we react to unfair or unjust treatment and harbor any type of resentment in our souls and do not forgive others we lower ourselves to their level of antagonism and get out of fellowship with our Father.
MAT 11:19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax-gatherers and prostitutes!”
MAT 26:66 They answered and said, “He is deserving of death!”
MAR 3:21 And when His own people heard of this, they went out to take custody of Him; for they were saying, “He has lost His senses.”
MAR 3:22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul”
MAR 3:30 “He has an unclean spirit.”
LUK 23:2 “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar,”
LUK 23:5 But they kept on insisting, saying, “He stirs up the people,”
JOH 7:12 – they said He was a cult leader and He leads multitudes astray.
JOH 8:48 The Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?”
JOH 10:20 And many of them were saying, “He has a demon and is insane. Why do you listen to Him?”
His own disciples failed Him and fled, MAT 26:56.
The Father was willing for the Son to suffer, ISA 53:10.
If you want to be able to forgive others, here is the place to start – make sure you have a right relationship with your Father in heaven.
Imperf-act-ind – aphes – a!fe” = He said it more than once.
He could have prayed, “Father, judge them; vindicate Me,” PSA 7:8 Vindicate me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and my integrity that is in me.
He could have said – PSA 58:6 O God, shatter their teeth in their mouth; Break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord.
He could have said – PSA 137:9 How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones Against the rock.
MAT 26:53 “Do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?”
MAT 26:54 “How then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen this way?”
He told people in His messages, “If you do not forgive from your heart, God cannot forgive you.”
Nemesis, the god of revenge, was one of their goddesses.
PSA 96:5 For all the gods of the peoples are demons.
Our Lord Jesus was on the cross because God does forgive sinners.
LUK 5:20 – Our Lord said to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven.”
He said to the woman of the street who was brought to Him,
“Your sins are forgiven… Go in peace,”
Forgiveness is not cheap, it is very expensive. It cost TLJC His life.
Those who do not forgive others actually tear down the bridge on which they have to walk themselves.
To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.
To err is human, to forgive divine.
I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge.
Forgiveness means to give up resentment, excuse a guilty party, to release from payment, to forget an offense never bringing it up again not even to discuss it.
It also means that you never again recall what the individual has done to you or penalize the individual for doing so.
Arrogance has no ability to forgive.
ISA 44:22 I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud, and your sins like a heavy mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you,
HEB 8:12 For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.
HEB 10:17 And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.
MIC 7:18-19 Who is a God like Thee, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? es You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.