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THE CROSS CALLED CALVARY-  IV

The Seven saying of Christ On the Cross

Yet it pleased the LORD TO bruise him; he hath put him to grief:….. ” Isaiah 53:10

4. “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”Mark 15:34; Proves that the Cross was a Place of Divine Anguish.  Rejection by man was an experience to which Christ had become accustomed, but this was a new experience in His life.  In fact, the only hours in all the eternal circle of eternity that can point to a broken fellowship between God the Father and God the Son are here in these agonizing hours on the Cross. It should be not here that Jesus does not use the term “Father” here, as He does in His first and last statements on the Cross. “Father forgive them…”, and “Father into thy hands I commend my spirit.”  He uses the term “My God, My God…..”  And this is a cry of desolation, a cry you will never hear, or have to utter if you saved, and know your sins are forgiven by accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.

Yes, mark this down, and don’t ever forget it:  On that Cross, God did something, that He will never do to you, if you trust Him. The writer of this article, (Dr.Don Jasmin of Fundamental Digest-retired) tells of his own experience saying, “this writer has sometimes forsaken God in his earthly pilgrimage, but God has NEVER forsaken this weak son of God and He never will.”  This is true of every believer -born again of the Spirit of God.  God has given precious promises  of assurances such as Hebrew 13:5, He saith, “…  I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”  

5. ” I thirst,” John 19:28; Proves that the Cross was a Place of Divine Accreditation:  Now, was it just that Christ desired a drink of water to ease the extreme discomfort of those hours that He uttered those prophetic words?  A thousand times no!  there was another reason for these words.  In fact the whole integrity of the entire Scriptural records rests upon these words. 

To comprehend the prophetic meaning of those two words, “I thirst” you must consider the context of John 19:28 which says, ” After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, saith I thirst.” Well we ask, “what Scriptures were being fulfilled when Christ stated those two words.”  In the book of Psalms; Psalm 69:21, where the prophetic words refers to Christ’s own future words on the Cross,  “ They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst, they gave me vinegar to drink.

The time Jesus uttered these words, He has already been on the cross for nearly six hours; passing through  the depth of spiritual desolation and separation from His Heavenly Father.  How eager, Jesus must have been to dismiss His spirit into the hands of His Father  and be released from the agony of the Cross. Yet He could not cry out, ” It is Finished, ” until this one last prophecy was fulfilled.

6. “It is finished, ”  John 19:30; this proves that the Cross was a place of Divine Accomplishment:   Yes, when Christ made this statement on the Cross, “It is finished, “  He meant just that!! The Hebrew writer, summarizing Christ’s Cross work at Calvary, accurately wrote: ” By the which will we are sanctified through  the offering of the body of Jesus Christ one for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices which can never take away sins, But this man, after he had offered one Sacrifice for sins FOREVER, sat down on the right hand of God.”

At Calvary, when Christ died that tightly woven and thick veil of the Temple, was rent from top to bottom, torn by unseen power. This divine action symbolized the conclusion of a system of religious worship.  According to Hebrew 6:18-20, we now  have an anchor in Christ who provides that direct access to the throne of grace! 

7.” Into thy hands, I commend my spirit” Luke 23:46  Proves that the Cross is a Place of Divine Approval.  Yes, salvations work now is completed, the task of redemption now finished, Christ turned his soul over to His Heavenly Father, knowing that upon His eventual return to glory, the smiling approval of His Father would accompany His return.  At Calvary, God the Father registered complete and full approval of Christ’s sacrifice for our sins!!! 

Friend,   ” YOU CAN FIND YOUR WAY TO YOUR ETERNAL HOME IF YOU WILL GO TO THE CROSS!!” 

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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