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Matt. 27:45-54 MAY WE NEVER FORGET
Intro: It is proper and fitting that the church pause to remember the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to secure our liberty as citizens and to guarantee us the freedom to worship as we see fit. Since the Revolutionary War some 1,162,000 people have given their lives for our freedom. Countless millions more have served and suffered. May we never forget!
there was a time when
I. MAY WE NEVER FORGET THE CRUELTY
A. The Cruel Crown Mt. 27:27-31 The symbol of a rejected
B. The Cruel Crowd Mt. 27: 39-44 The symbol of a
rejected Servant (
C. The Cruel Cross Mt. 27:35-37 The symbol of a rejected
II. MAY WE NEVER FORGET THE CRIES
A. A Forgiving Cry Lk 23:34 Jesus ends His ministry as
He began it: in prayer.
B. A Favoring Cry Lk 23:43 Even as He was dying, Jesus
demonstrated the reason why He came into this world. He extended grace to one who was totally
C. A Family Cry Jn 19:25-29 Jesus took the time to
provide for His mother. She had no, so
He gave her someone. (
D. A Forsaken Cry Mt. 27:46 When Jesus became sin on that cross, he was forsaken by the Father, Hab. 1:13. For the first time in all eternity, there was a loss of fellowship between the Father and the Son. (Ill. Father in Luke 23:34; Father in Luke 23:46; God in Matt. 27:46.) Jesus was judged as sin on that cross – John 3:36; Rom. 6:23.
E. A Fervent Cry Jn 19:28 Emphasizes His humanity. The One Who made all the water, suffered thirst
for you. He did without physical water on that cross
so that you might have a free drink of spiritual water, John 4:14; Rev. 22:17. His thirst was far more than merely physical,
F. A Finishing Cry Jn 19:30 It is finished Tetelestai To bring to a close, to end, to finish.” What was finished? His Sufferings; Satan, Sacrificial system, Sin’s Power, were all finished. This word was used by: Servants, Farmers, Soldiers, Artists, Merchants, Homeowners, Priests. Note that Jesus did not say, “I am finished. This was the statement of a Victor, not a victim.
G. A Farewell Cry Lk 23:46 For a time the fellowship between Father and Son had been broken. Now, it is restored fully. Jesus has suffered at the hands of cruel men; now He recommits Himself to the loving hands of His Father. The word “commend was a banking term. It meant “to deposit something of value! Heaven’s greatest Treasure, Jesus, had been “withdrawn and send to earth to spend Himself for lost sinners! He did so fully and upon completing history’s greatest “redemptive transaction, He re-deposited Himself (now more valuable than ever) back into Heavens Bank and the Fathers Hand![i]
Notice that it was Jesus Himself that “gave up the ghost. No man killed Him. He laid down His life freely for you and for me, John 15:13; John 10:17-18.
III. MAY WE NEVER FORGET THE CAUSE
A. Our Condition Everyone in this
world deserves to go to Hell. We are all
sinners, Rom. 3:10-23 and we are already
judged and doomed,
B. His Compassion Why did He do
what He did on that cross? His mission can be summed up in one word: Love! He
did what He did because He loves you, Rev.
Conc: May we never forget! Fact is, we never will! If you go to Heaven, His presence will remind
you, Rev. 5:6. If you go to Hell, regret will haunt you for
[i] Adapted from Dr. Mike Bagwell – http://www.drmikebagwell.org