Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday , June 4, 2014

The Seven Sayings of TLJC while on the Cross.

The first statement dealt with the word forgiveness for His enemies.

The second one is where we are and it deals with the subject of salvation, LUK 23:39-42.

The story of the salvation of the dying thief reveals the power of TLJC to save mankind and His willingness to receive all that come to Him, in spite of their predicament.

TLJC at the time that He saved this thief was at the lowest moment of His life.

HEB 7:25  “He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

It is not only the weakness of the Lord which makes the salvation of the thief so extraordinary but it is also the fact that the dying thief recognized TLJC as the Savior.

I wonder how many of us would be willing to believe that the one hanging on the cross in agony is the Son of God?

MAT 27:44  And the robbers also who had been crucified with Him were casting the same insult at Him.

His faith was not affected by his surroundings.

The crucified thief was our Lord’s last companion on earth.

This is to serve as a reminder of verses like MAT 11:19 where TLJC is called “a friend of publicans and sinners!”

MAR 2:17  “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

HEB 2:11  For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,

Another reason that these words were recorded is that we might know how quickly someone can be saved and have their entire life changed and turned around for eternity.

We might know that salvation is by grace through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast, EPH 2:8-9.

JOH 6:37 “All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.”

The Holy Spirit chose to record this event for us is also to show us the nearness of eternal things.

1. They were both guilty of rebellion, murder, and stealing.

ROM 3:23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

2. They could do nothing to save themselves.

3. They both had an equal opportunity to be saved.

The third statement from the cross is found in JOH 19:26 and 27 and it deals with the word compassion.

The first one was His mother who was now seeing the fulfillment of what Simeon the prophet had said in LUK 2:34  And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this {Child} is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to
be opposed.

LUK 2:35  and a sword will pierce even your own soul‑‑ to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

Each one of them was named Mary because the name means bitterness.

The affection and care that the Lord showed others while going through the tremendous suffering of the cross.

GAL 6:5  For each one shall bear his own load.

He calls her woman, not mother, not out of any disrespect to her, but because mother would have brought in some of the heretical doctrine that we have around today, such as Mary being called the mother of God.

Sometimes, when God removes one comfort from us, He replaces it with another for us.

1SA 22:3   And David went from there to Mizpah of Moab; and he said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and my mother come and stay with you until I know what God will do for me.”

This was actually a blessing to John because 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.

Nevertheless, even at such a time, TLJC did not consider natural ties as unworthy of recognition.

First, He had prayed for His enemies; then He had spoken the words of salvation and assurance to the thief; now He ad­dresses His mother.

2CO 5:16  Therefore from now on we recognize no man according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know   Him thus no longer.

MAT 26:56 “Then all the disciples left Him and fled.

MAT 26:31 “You will all fall away because of Me this night, for it is written, ‘I will strike down the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered.’

Compassion is defined as a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another’s suffering or misfortune accompanied by a desire to alleviate the pain and remove its cause.

The Lord is compassionate toward His people and expects them to be compassionate toward others, 1KI 8:50.

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.

LUK 15:20 “his father saw him, and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him, and kissed him.”

MAT 9:13 “But go and learn what {this} means, ‘I desire compassion, and not sacrifice,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

MAT 12:7 “But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire compassion, and not a sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.

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