Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, June 8, 2014

You’ll have to wait 9 months, though. You got pregnant last night.

The Seven Sayings of TLJC while on the Cross.

The first statement dealt with the word forgiveness for all mankind including His enemies, LUK 23:34.

This saying is found in LUK 23:34 where our Lord said about those who were mocking Him and ridiculing Him and His response was “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

The Second Saying dealt with the subject of salvation and caring for others beginning in LUK 23:39-43.

LUK 23:43  And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

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.

The third statement from the cross is found in JOH 19:26 and 27 and it deals with the word compassion and caring for others, no matter what you’re going through.

He did this when He said in JOH 19:26 “Woman, behold, your son!”, He was saying to Mary from now on you have a motherly affection and relationship with John.

When He said in JOH 19:27  “Behold, your mother!”, He was saying in effect to John, please take care of my mother fulfilling is parental duty.

The point that I want you to focus in on is once again the affection and care that the Lord showed others while going through the tremendous suffering of the cross.

The fourth statement deals with His personal anguish and His desire to let us know what He was going through, MAT 27:46.

These words, found in Matthew and Mark, as well as in Psalm 22: were literally screamed out over and over again.

In this cry Jesus Christ made it clear that God the Father with whom He had eternal and unbroken fellowship had to break that fellowship at this moment.

We know immediately that this is the time when Jesus Christ “bore our sins in his own body on the tree” (1PE 2:24).

God the Father had to pour out all of His wrath, as a matter of justice, upon God the Son, while the humanity of Jesus Christ bore the sins of the world.

During the time that Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father‑in‑law, he “came to the mountain of God called Horeb.

There he saw a very unusual sight,– a bush that burned with fire, and yet was not consumed.

EXO 3:5  “Do not come near here; remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

For when our Lord shouted out MAT 27:46, God was saying to us “Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.”

First of all, TLJC was accustomed to address God as His Father.

In this instance, He does not say, “Father;” but “My God, My God.”

He was simply speaking from His humanity and that this is the reason why he cried, “My God, My God,” rather than “My Father.”

Actually this statement shows us how truly human TLJC was, that he could be forsaken of His God.

It is given in the Hebrew – PSA 22:1; In the Aramaic – MAT 27:46: In the Greek MAT 27:46.

He was and is the God-man who has been scourged, and spit upon, and Who has died.

All the doctrines concerning salvation were made, not only possible, but also sacredly certain in order to complete the redemption of His people.

For in HEB 1:3  He upholds all things by the word of His power.

He was and is the God-man who has been scourged, and spit upon, and Who has died.

It was necessary for Him to be both God’s beloved Son and to be forsaken of his Father.

One writer says that it was horror at the sight of human misery.

Our Lord Jesus Christ saw all that man had to suffer because of sin and that He perceived the total sum of the miseries brought by sin upon all the past, present, and future generations of the human race.

Yet even that explanation will not satisfy us because our Savior did not say, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken man” but, “Why have You forsaken Me?”

It was a personal grief that came from a personal cry, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

Some of you know that when the body is suffering it also can affect the mind.

This is not true in the case of our Lord, because it was not many moments after this that He shouted “with a loud voice,” His victorious “It is finished,” and passed from the conflict of the cross to His coronation.

His courageous spirit overcame his physical weakness.

Though He was “brought into the dust of death,” and into the deepest intensity of depression in His spirit,

Sometimes believers who go through different trials cry out, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me, but this was not true for our Lord.

ISA 49:14-15, But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, And the Lord has forgotten me.” Can a woman forget her nursing child, And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.”

Unbelief often makes us talk about God forgetting us when He does nothing of the kind, but our Lord Jesus Christ was a stranger to unbelief.

When He said, “Why have You forsaken me?” he spoke infallible truth.

God did forsake His Son, but He loved Him as much when He forsook Him as at any other period.
If it had been possible for God’s love towards His Son to be increased, He would have delighted in Him even more when He was being judged for the sins of the entire world.

ISA 53:10  But the Lord was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,

He did not regard Him as one upon Whom He could not say this is my beloved Son in Whom I am well-pleased.
TLJC felt like a man left all alone; and he was not only left all alone by His friends, but by His God.

“God will never look upon me in mercy or God has forsaken me”– can you picture that dejected state?

That lost soul is so hardened that it never thinks about whether God would receive it even if it repented; the truth is, that it does not want to repent.

The misery, that men will suffer in the world to come, will be self-created misery arising out of the fact that they loved self so much that they brought eternal sorrow upon themselves.

They are so hardened that to be without God, they are incapable of knowing the beauty of a relationship with God from whom they are separated forever.

None of us knows the presence of God as Christ knew it.

No believer has ever enjoyed the love of God as Christ enjoyed it.

JOH 8:29 “And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.”

MAT 3:17 “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well‑pleased.”

1JO 3:5  And you know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.

1PE 2:22 He committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth;

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