Pastor Greg Laurie on Sunday shared with the congregation of his California megachurch the significance of Jesus’ last words, the seven statements from the cross, which reflected His love for the lost and the accomplishment of His purpose.
Apple founder Steve Jobs said in one of his last speeches, “Death is very likely the best single invention of life,” but he was wrong because death is actually an enemy, not a friend, said Pastor Laurie of Harvest Church in his sermon, “Famous Last Words,” the last in a series, “God Came Near,” which took a chronological look at the life of Jesus.
Death is the last enemy to be destroyed, Laurie said, referring to 1 Corinthians 16:26. It was never God’s will that we would die, but it became a part of life due to Adam and Eve’s sin, he explained. “But death died when Christ rose.”
Jesus managed to make seven statements from the cross, each of them of the greatest importance, at a time when He was wounded and exhausted beyond description.
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do,” was the first statement, according to Luke 23:34, the pastor shared.
This wasn’t surprising, as Jesus was a man of prayer, and this statement was a prayer, Laurie said. But Jesus didn’t pray, “Father, help Me,” he pointed out.
This is what Jesus had taught, that we should love and pray for our enemies, Laurie told the congregation. Jesus prayed for the very people who were mocking Him despite the fact that He was paying the price for their own sins.
Because of these words, one of the two hardcore criminals who were crucified beside Him came to his senses and believed in Him, as recorded in Luke 23:39-43, the pastor added. “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise,” the second statement of Jesus from the cross.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post