Are you thankful for God’s gracious merciful justice? David experienced God’s gracious merciful justice and so do we. Learn about it by giving this message a listen:
Sermon Title: Gracious Merciful Justice
Communion Meditation: We are here to remember our Savior . . .While Jesus’ body was broken and He bled on Calvary’s Cross, He made 7 last utterances:
First – Christ’s Intercession: Luke 23:34
And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do . . .”
Second – Christ’s Intervention: Luke 23:39-43
One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Third – Christ’s Interests: John 19:26-27
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
Fourth – Christ’s Isolation: Matthew 27:46
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Fifth – Christ’s Identification: John 19:28
After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.”
Sixth – Christ’s Indemnity (payment and guarantee): John 19:30
A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” . . .
Seventh – Christ’s Invincibility: Luke 23:44-48
It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts.
Note: Outline taken from The Day God Died, by Lehman Strauss, Z0ndervan, 1972