As we begin this series looking at the words of Jesus from the cross, we examine his first phrase: "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." Is there a greater struggle at times, then forgiveness? Most of us are reluctant to forgive even the smallest of offense. But early on Jesus taught his followers that forgiveness matters. Here again, he models it's strength. Forgiveness is what Jesus extends. Forgiveness is what followers of Jesus do.
...the flow of forgiveness matters
March 11, 2018 • Pastor Bryan Lee • (week 1 of our Final Words series)
finding a 'with Jesus' life • April 1, 2018 • Pastor Jack Schull
Happy Easter friends. We see examples of people in the gospel stories reaching out in faith, clinging to hope in Jesus like a lifeline…but maybe none more clearly than what we see as Jesus was finishing his mission on the cross and the 2 criminals next to him. One mocked 'til the end. One reached out at the end. Jesus’ heart is always turning toward those who are turning in his direction – those looking to find HOPE in Him! His response in that moment offers us the chance to have a 'with Jesus' life. And having a ‘with Jesus’ life means I’ll never have a “without Jesus” moment again.
It Is Finished
another statement made by Jesus on the cross...the most significant! • March 25, 2018 • Pastor Jack Schull
As we continue to look at Jesus - we realize that He accomplished WAY more than you and I can every imagine on the cross! He expressed one final phrase: "It is finished." That friends, was a declaration of victory. The Gospel of John makes explicit what all the gospels declare—the cross, the ultimate symbol of defeat got flipped that day and is now the ultimate symbol of God’s victory! "Tetelestai" is the greek term that means 'it is finished' and was used in the 1st century as a term to finalize sales = 'paid in full'. That’s the gospel = Jesus paid a debt we couldn't pay and he made a way, when we had no chance to find our way back to God.
we're examining another saying of Jesus from the cross • March 18, 2018 • Pastor Jack Schull
Tonight we examine this question, this cry, that Jesus utters from the cross and we see it as the deepest revelation of the “passion of the Christ.” Up to this moment, Jesus has been unbelievably calm. So when he starts to shout here - this is something way beyond physical or emotional suffering. It’s infinite spiritual suffering he's enduring. His cry in Matthew 27:46 is quoted from Psalm 22:1. As Jesus hangs on the cross, he's hanging on to Scripture. He's persisting through with God's plan. Psalm 22 starts in darkness, foretelling of this day (thousands of years before), but it ends with the hope that is still unfolding today! Jesus shows us we can take life's inevitable "why's" to God as our ultimate WHO. He can handle them and help us work through them.