The Easter Experience-Day 1

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INTRODUCTION

The crucifixion was and is known as one of the most heinous acts of death a person could face.  Due to the physical agony of the crucifixion, we know that a person would speak very little. Jesus chose His words wisely, although He only spoke seven simple, yet significant statements. As we prepare our hearts for our Easter Celebration, we will reflect on the seven statements that Jesus uttered from the Cross.

STATEMENT ONE

Brandon Bachtel, Lead Pastor

The crucifixion was known as one of the most heinous acts of punishment a person could face.  Due to the physical agony of the crucifixion, we know that a person would speak very little.  Jesus chose His words wisely, although He only spoke seven simple, yet significant statements.  As we prepare our hearts for our Easter Celebration, we will reflect on the seven statements that Jesus uttered from the Cross.

In the initial moments of Jesus hanging on the cross between two criminals, His beaten, ripped, mangled, and bloody body hung atop soldiers who gambled for His clothes, all the while they spit on Him, hurled insults, and defamed the person and work of God’s eternal Son, Jesus.  Even as this was taking place, the Great High Priest, Jesus began a Priestly prayer:

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:24)
As Jesus was High and lifted up on the Cross, His transgressors refused to look upon Him for salvation, matter of fact, they seemed to be crucifying Jesus out of sheer ignorance.  Jesus seems to be very clear in indicating that his oppressors did not realize the magnitude of their offense.

1 Corinthians 2:8 says, “None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

All the while, Jesus is fulfilling prophecy and pouring Himself out on the cross for the very people who harmed Him.  In spite of their foolishness, Jesus is bearing the sins of ignorant men.

Isaiah 53:12 says, Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.

On that hilltop of Calvary, Jesus offered a prayer aloud for the multitude to hear.  He desired that the criminals he was perched in the middle of, as well as the soldiers who looked on would recognized their sin, so that He could grant them divine forgiveness.  Interestingly enough, Jesus desires the same thing for us.

Romans 5:8 states,  but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Jesus endured the agony of the cross for repentant sinners.  He was beaten and killed for criminals, sinners, and zealous, ignorant people.  The catch?  Well, salvation is offered freely to those who seek forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ.  Any who look to Christ, High and Lifted Up with find salvation.  Jesus offered hope to the criminals on His right and left.  He offered forgiveness to those who left eternal scars and temporary death.  If Jesus offers eternal life and hope to them in their heinous acts, He can offer a new life and forgiveness for us too.


1.  Read and consider the following verses. (1 John 1:9, Acts 17:30, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

2.  Read Isaiah 53 and consider all the ways that prophecy was fulfilled through Christ and His resurrection.

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