SEVEN WONDERFUL REMINDERS From Our Risen Lord (Luke 24:44)
What does this Resurrection morning mean to all of us gathered in Christ?
Everything. It is everything to us.
All that we believe, all that we hope, all that we trust—everything was on Jesus when He hung on the Cross when He was Buried, and all praise to God—when He Rose.
Christ’s Risen from the dead is the capstone, the keystone, the vital ingredient, and the sine qua non of all we hold dear, all that we believe, and anything that will be precious and last forever is attached to Christ’s conquest of sin, and death, and the grave.
The Tomb is empty.
Death is defeated.
The Grave is opened.
God is in control.
His Word is true.
The Devil is destroyed.
Death and the Grave are powerless.
From Resurrection morning and onward, Jesus launched His disciples in the reality of what God had accomplished through His death, burial, and resurrection. They needed help fully understanding all that had taken place—and so do we.
To explain what God the Father wanted them to know, God the Son spent 40 days in post-resurrection training of the disciples. After Christ’s resurrection, they had many days of talking with Him, learning from Him, and getting established by Him in the power of the Cross and His resurrection.
But how did He do all that? If we look closely we find that the primary tool Jesus used was reminding them of what He had already said. Jesus did not really introduce any new revelations to them; He just opened their minds by reminding them of what had already been saying. In other words, Christ took them back to the Bible. Jesus reminded them of all that He had spoken to them. This resurrection Sunday, as we again remember the greatest event of all—our Risen Lord, let’s open to Luke 24.44
Luke 24:44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”
After the Resurrection Jesus took His own back to what He had said before His Death. He opened their understanding to those words. That is what we are going to look at on this Resurrection Sunday. Only instead of looking at all His words, we will just look at His last seven words.
These are the Last Words of Jesus. There are seven last words of Jesus. Seven times He spoke to us from the Cross. Last words are always treasures, but Christ’s last words are a treasure mine beyond measure for all who will stop and listen by faith.
Before Jesus died, He wanted to say these things. Each statement for the Cross has a powerful purpose as each word was divinely directed. From the dying lips of Jesus, from His raging-thirst-dried-mouth, in spite of excruciating pain, the horrors of sin and death and the pains of hell—He speaks. We need to listen!
Please start with me at the foot of the cross as Luke 23:32 starts the chronological record of Christ’s seven recorded times of speaking from the cross.
Please stand with me as we read verses 32-43 and be reminded of the first two messages from the seven last times Jesus spoke from the Cross.
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