Seven Things Jesus Said on the Cross, Part III

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by Matt Slick / 11/02/09

Today we look at the third thing Jesus said on the cross:

  • Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
  •  Luke 23:43“And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” (NASB)

3. John 19:26-27, “ When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.” (NASB)

 Cuando vio Jesús a su madre, y al discípulo a quien él amaba, que estaba presente, dijo a su madre: Mujer, he ahí tu hijo. 27 Después dijo al discípulo: He ahí tu madre. Y desde aquella hora el discípulo la recibió en su casa. (RVR 1960)

  • Matt. 27:46, “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” that is, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”
  • John 19:28, “I am thirsty.”
  • John 19:30, “It is finished!”
  • Luke 23:46, “Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.”

I have read many commentaries and such about these verses and I hope I can do justice to the true meaning of Jesus’ words. At first glace there does not seem to be much “theological” impact here but a close look reveal much. 

First the participants; His mother, and the disciple whom He loved, it is universally accepted that Jesus is referring to Mary His birth mother and the Apostle John in here. 

Next the declarations; to Mary Woman, behold, your son!” and to John “Behold, your mother!”  Also of universal acceptance is the fact that John was not Jesus’s brother and therefore not Mary’s son. Mary did have other children  Matthew 13:55-56 but none of them are called upon to care for her, why? 

The key lies in the fact that his brothers did not follow or believe in Him (John 7:5) they were not liked minded individuals and Jesus could not hand over the care of his mother to unbelievers. 

The implications today remain the same, it is the responsibility the church to take care of her own. In fact (I am going to upset some folks here) if the church had done a far better job of it starting as far back as the 50’s and 60’s we would not be in the social mess we are today. Far to many “Church” folk sat on the sidelines and the the government take over what should have been their job, Matthew 25:41-45

Let me be clear I am NOT advocating for Wholesale Social Welfare on part of the church, I am saying the Church should have (and better start) taking care of her own first and foremost. As Christians we claim Jesus is our example, well here He is giving us that perfect example and we are choosing to ignore it.


I would also since I am on the subject, advocate for more outreach and less in-reach. Here is what I mean; Matthew 28:18-20  we are commanded to spread the Good News to all corners of the earth, especially in our own neighborhoods. In 1 Timothy 6:17-21 we are commanded to be good and faithful stewards of all that God has given us. Make no mistake either, everything you have comes from God. To use it unwisely is to sin against God. Taking those into consideration, a church (yes I know there are many, many “models) should be one that wisely uses all that God gives to propagate the going forward of the Gospel. So less spent on the inward fluff and stuff and more on empowered outreach sharing Christ.  


Further Reading: The Third Word from the Cross

Seven Things Jesus Said on The Cross, Part II

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by Matt Slick / 11/02/09

Today we look at the second thing Jesus said on the cross:

  • Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

 2. Luke 23:43, And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” (NASB)

Entonces Jesús le dijo: De cierto te digo que hoy estarás conmigo en el paraíso. (RVR 1960)

  • John 19:26-27, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!”
  • Matt. 27:46, “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” that is, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”
  • John 19:28, “I am thirsty.”
  • John 19:30, “It is finished!”
  • Luke 23:46, “Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.”

Once again such a simple and kind statement has such profound impact once we unpack it, so let us break it look at in context.

Jesus has been crucified between two thieves, one was ugly v.39 “One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him,[d] saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” (ESV)  There are many who can excuse this behavior as someone caught up in the moment with the fear of dying and being in pain etc. Yet the second criminal responds, v.40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? You have to see it, “Do you not fear God” what does he mean by that? Whom is he referring to? Some argue he is generalizing saying in sort ‘you are about to die do you not have any fear (respect) for the God you are about to meet). Looking at the next verse v.41  And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”  would seem to disqualify that since he refers directly to Jesus. 

In v.42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” we see Faith in action. This criminal makes a BIG request by acknowledging Jesus as God and asking for him to be remembered in eternity. There are a lot of responses that Jesus could have come back with, the one HE chose And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” (NASB) has major doctrinal implications. 

By telling one thief and not the other they would be with Him in eternal Paradise Jesus refutes Universalism which says everyone ends up in paradise. Jesus makes it clear here that is not so.  

The need for Baptism (Sacramentalism) is refuted. The was no dunking sprinkling no water of any kind and Jesus still promised this man eternal life with Him.

The idea of Purgatory is refuted. Jesus was explicit in what He said, and unless you are willing to call Him a liar or equally as foolish mistaken or misinformed Purgatory is a fallacy.

Soul-sleep, or the idea that it is valid was refuted. You can’t be with Jesus (conscious) and be asleep. 


Further Reading
John Piper Today You Will be With Me in Paradise

The Seven Things Jesus Said on the Cross!

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by Matt Slick / 11/02/09

These are the last seven sayings that Jesus said on the cross.  Sometimes they are referred to as the “Seven Words.”  There’s also a bit of a debate on the exact order of the sayings, but the following is a complete list with a plausible order.

  1. Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (NASB)  

Y Jesús decía: Padre, perdónalos, porque no saben lo que hacen. Y repartieron entre sí sus vestidos, echando suertes. (RVR 1960)

  • Luke 23:43, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
  • John 19:26-27, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!”
  • Matt. 27:46, “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” that is, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”
  • John 19:28, “I am thirsty.”
  • John 19:30, “It is finished!”
  • Luke 23:46, “Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.”

We have just finished our series on Jesus’ “I AM” statements where He is bold and dogmatic is His declarations. I (at least) find the contrast to His seven statements on the Cross quite glaring. 

Here we see not a wimpy and defeated Jesus but a humble and contented Christ. I can’t emphasize that enough, today the general perception of Jesus is this soft spoken, soft peddling timid person who went around preaching love and peace. Really; read the book again folks because Jesus the Christ was none of those. 

Here is is in our text nailed to the cross and He has the presence of mind to pray, Father, forgive them. Of course we’d all do the same, right! The BIG question is and has been who is (was) Jesus praying for?

First, the easy one, He was praying for His tormentors, (PS 22:18) fulfilling prophecy (Isaiah 53:7).

Now for the harder question. It is pretty much universally accepted within all “Christianity” that Jesus’ death on the cross paid the sin penalty that man never could. The disagreement comes from was it universal (everyone no matter what sins are forgiven) or not?  I mean one only has to look at (John 1:29, John 3:16) and the bible clearly says “world” so its a done deal, whats the discussion? What is meant by world? Does it refer to people without contrast (all tribes, nations, tongues included) or without deviation (everyone regardless if the repent or not).  

Using the same biblical logic who is Jesus asking the Father to forgive? Is Jesus saying to universally, Father forgive the sins of all mankind? Forget the bible for a moment and think of just the moral implications. If this were true it would be a writ for wholesale chaos. Universal forgiveness means that no one is held accountable for their actions. 

In our series on the Seven “I AM” Statements Part VI   “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Jesus made it very clear who were His and who He is asking Father, forgive them, ONLY those who repent, declare Him Lord and Savior,  and come through Him to the Kingdom of God. Have you done so today?

 

 

The Cross “✟” or the cross “❌”

by Steve Rebus

I am saddened…..No grieved to see just how many “professing Christians” have filled Facebook, Twitter and the rest with endless ramblings on where we need to put the cross “❌” on our ballot papers, Without mention of THE CROSS “✟” on which our whole Salvation and Hope is vital!

Have we really elevated politics to a Saviour level?

Continued at Source: The Cross “✟” or the cross “❌”