The Gospel in Ten Words From the Altar of the Cross (Luke 23:34).
Good Friday is all about God the Father sacrificing His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ on an altar as the Lamb of God slain for the sin of the world.
The altar that God used is the cross of Christ’s crucifixion.
Watching and listening to Christ upon the Cross: is an amazing glimpse into the very heart of God.
But above and beyond everything else we could see, hear, or understand at the crucifixion: it is Jesus sharing the Gospel, in His first ten words, that should thrill our hearts tonight.
We gather tonight out of love and devotion for the One who suffered and bled and died for us two thousand years ago. As we come to remember, reverence, and worship Him for what He did for us, listen to those 10 astounding words of Luke 23:34:
Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
Each time we enter the treasure house of this record in God’s Word, giving us Christ’s last week, His final day, and then Christ’s glorious resurrection: we are astounded.
There is so much to see, and so much to discover; as we will someday see around the Throne of God when we join in the worship of the Lamb slain for us: we will never run out of ways to thank Him.
As we focus on these six hours of the crucifixion, the most vital detail that the Lord brings to us in the Scriptures is the fact that Jesus actually spoke from the Cross; and God’s Word records each of those seven times. These seven messages are an amazing explanation by Jesus Himself, of what He was doing for us on the Cross.
But before we analyze the words, what is truly amazing is that Jesus speaks at all, knowing as we do:
THE HORRIBLE PAIN OF CRUCIFIXION
After Pilate’s washing his hands of the matter, Jesus was seized by calloused Roman soldiers, led through the streets of Jerusalem (known today as the Via Dolorosa), and taken out the Damascus Gate to the public place of Roman execution.
There beside the heavily traveled road to Damascus, that headed north out of Jerusalem, Jesus was crucified: in full view of all the city dwellers as well as those who traveled down the highway to and from Damascus.
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