Famous Last Words
Week 2: Father Forgive Them, For They Know Not What They Do
24 So Pilate sentenced Jesus to die as they demanded. 25 As they had requested, he released Barabbas, the man in prison for insurrection and murder. But he delivered Jesus over to them to do as they wished. 26 As they led Jesus away, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country just then, was forced to follow Jesus and carry his cross. 27 Great crowds trailed along behind, including many grief-stricken women. 28 But Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, don't weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the days are coming when they will say, 'Fortunate indeed are the women who are childless, the wombs that have not borne a child and the breasts that have never nursed.' 30 People will beg the mountains to fall on them and the hills to bury them. 31 For if these things are done when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry? " 32 Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. 33 Finally, they came to a place called The Skull. All three were crucified there -- Jesus on the center cross, and the two criminals on either side. 34 Jesus said, "Father, forgive these people, because they don't know what they are doing." And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.
1. We are forgiven because we are the them!
-For all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard. (Romans 3:23)
-But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:8)
-This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. (1 John 4:10)
- Life is a contact sport!
- Forgiveness doesn't make sense.
- We will never understand Gods Grace until we offer it to someone else.
- Bitterness, Resentment and unresolved anger will kill you.
- Unforgiveness leaves you locked in the past.
- Some people will never forgive you. And you need to know that.
2. We forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness but because Christ forgave us.
-Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:31-32)
Forgiveness Is Not...
- Excusing the offense
- Forgetting the offense
- Restoring the relationship
An intentional and repeated choice (with Gods help) to cancel the debt someone owes you.
M: Luke 23
T: Matthew 26
W: Matthew 27
TH: Ephesians 4:25-32
F: 1 John 4
S: Matthew 18:21-35
- Beach; Jerry Sweat
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