Seven Last Words of Jesus from the Cross
Father God, as this Word goes forth, please send it straight to our hearts, so we will never forget what You did by sending Your Son Jesus to die for our sin. Bless these Words to fall on good grounds, so that all would bring forth good fruit in their season. Thank You for the opportunity to share Your Word about our Savior Jesus Christ. In Jesus' Name, Amen!
Title: "Jesus said to his mother: "Woman, this is your son." Then he said to the disciple: "This is your mother."
Reading: John 19:23-27 King James Version (KJV)
"Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. 24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home."
Luke 2:35; Hebrews 2:11; Romans 8:15-16; Ephesians 3:15; Isaiah 63:16; John 1:12; Galatians 4:5-6
Theme: (The Passion of Christ)
Warm-up Question: What scriptures tell us about God's love?
Goal: To love others as God love us
Our Study……..This saying is only in one of the Gospels. As Jesus was dying, his mother was among those who had remained with him. Most of the male disciples had fled, with the exception of one whom the Fourth Gospel calls "the disciple he loved." We can't be exactly sure of the identity of this beloved disciple, though many interpreters believe he is John, who is also the one behind the writing of this Gospel. No matter who the beloved disciple was, it's clear that Jesus was forging a relationship between this disciple and his mother, one in which the disciple would take care of Mary financially and in other ways. Jesus wanted to make sure she would be in good hands after his death.
The presence of Mary at the cross adds both humanity and horror to the scene. We are reminded that Jesus was a real human being, a man who had once been a boy who had once been carried in the womb of his mother. Even as he was dying on the cross as the Savior of the world, Jesus was also a son, a role he didn't neglect in his last moments.
When we think of the crucifixion of Jesus from the perspective of his mother, our horror increases dramatically. The death of a child is one of the most painful of all parental experiences. To watch one's beloved child experience the extreme torture of crucifixion must have been unimaginably terrible. We're reminded of the prophecy of Simeon shortly after Jesus' birth, when he said to Mary: "And a sword will pierce your very soul" (Luke 2:35).
This scene helps us not to glorify or spiritualize the crucifixion of Jesus. He was a real man, true flesh and blood, a son of a mother, dying with unbearable agony. His suffering was altogether real, and he took it on for you and for me.
Jesus saw his own mother, and the disciple standing near whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold your son". Then he said to the disciple, "Behold your mother". And from that hour, he took his mother into his family.This statement is traditionally called "The Word of Relationship" and in it Jesus entrusts Mary, his mother, into the care of "John" the disciple whom Jesus loved.
Pastor Hamilton from "24 Hours": "Jesus looked down from the cross to see his mother standing nearby. As far as we know, only one of the twelve apostles was there at the foot of the cross: "the disciple whom Jesus loved," usually identified as John. Naked and in horrible pain, he thought not of himself but was concerned for the well-being of his mother after his death. This shows Jesus' humanity and the depth of love he had for his mother and the disciple into whose care he entrusted her."
Reading Scripture in another version: John 19:23-27New International Version (NIV)
23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. 24 "Let's not tear it," they said to one another. "Let's decide by lot who will get it." This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled that said, "They divided my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment." So this is what the soldiers did. 25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, "Woman, here is your son," 27 and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
Let's talk about relationships:
You cannot help studying God's Word without concluding that Relationships are a high priority with God. He cares about His creatures! Love permeates His very Nature and every aspect of His Person. Indeed, Love is the cornerstone of His Will for us!
The Christian is one in whom God abides and is manifested. A major part of manifesting God in our lives is the expression of God's Love in our relationships with others. This study looks at various Relationships and how God's Love is expressed in each.
John 17:3 "Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent."
Jesus'description of "eternal life."
To Christ, Eternal Life meant knowing "the only true God" and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Knowing God is what gives life meaning and fulfillment.
Matthew 22:37-38 "37 And He said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 38 This is the great and [a]foremost commandment. (NASB)
Christ's command for us:
Frame: Three descriptions of the extent of our love for God.
This passage describes the "first and greatest commandment" of our Lord. It establishes the basis for the premier Relationship in our lives ~ our Relationship with God. Our obligation is to place God first and foremost in our lives!
Frame: The requests Jesus recites from Scripture.
Responding to Satan's temptation to get Christ to worship him, Jesus quotes
Deuteronomy 6:13. There, we are commanded to worship and serve God only. Service to God is an expression of our Worship of Him!
Serving God must always be done in conjunction with Knowing and Loving Him. Service, by itself, is not pleasing to God (1 Corinthians 13:1-13 and Matthew 7:21-23). It only becomes pleasing when done by one who truly knows God, and done with genuine love.
"When you come to KNOW God, you will LOVE Him. And when you come to Love Him,
you will want to SERVE Him. If you don't want to Serve God, maybe it is because you don't really Love Him. And if you don't Love God, maybe it is because you don't really know Him"
Galatians 5:14 "For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Frame: the words "entire law" and "single command", and draw an arrow from the first frame to the second.
Underline: the command that encompasses all of God's Law.
For those of us who cannot remember all of God's Laws, we need only remember this one. We are to love (value, cherish, respect and honor) others as ourselves. Note that it is a variation of the Golden Rule to "do to others what you would have them do to you." Note also that this Law can be broken not only by doing something bad, but by not doing something good! We all have a standard on how we expect others to treat us. God will hold us accountable for treating others according to that same standard!
Ephesians 5:25 "25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, (NASB)
Frame: God's command for husbands.
Underline: God's standard for a husband's love for his wife.
Husbands are to love (value, cherish, respect and honor) their wives to the same extent that Christ loved the Church, having given His very life for her!
Ephesians 5:21-23 "22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body."
Circle: the word that describes how husbands and wives are to treat one another "out of reverence for Christ".
The word "submit" means to place oneself under another's authority, not that one is inferior to another. Husbands submit to their wives by loving them.
Frame: God's command to wives.
Underline: God's standard for a wife's submission to her husband.
Wives are to love (value, cherish, respect and honor) their husbands by submitting to them as "head" of the relationship, even as Christ is the "head of the church".
Husbands and Wives do well to remember that it is God who holds each of them accountable for fulfilling their responsibility in the Relationship. God does not hold husbands accountable for making sure their wives submit to them, but husbands will be held accountable for loving their wives. God does not hold wives accountable for making sure her husband loves them, but wives will be held accountable for submitting to, and respecting, their husband's leadership.
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 "5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.
Frame: where God's commands must reside with parents (verse 6).
Underline: when parents should impress God's commands on their children.
Notice that providing spiritual instruction to our children is not just reserved for Sunday School. On the contrary, it is to occur every moment of the day! God's commands ought to fall from our lips as natural as a conversation!
Ephesians 6:1-3 "6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), 3 so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth."
Frame: the ways we are to relate to our parents.
Notice God's promise associated with the command.
Colossians 3:24 "24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward [a]of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve."
Underline: how we are to do our work.
Circle: who we are really working for.
Scripture teaches that even our work can be an act of worship to Christ!
Colossians 4:1 "Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.
Underline: An employer's responsibility to his employees.
Frame: What employers should know.
God will hold employers accountable for their fair treatment of their employees. He will hold employees accountable to work for their employers as hard as they would for Jesus Christ Himself!
In all our Relationships, what matters most is that we value and treat others as God in
Christ would, for Love, God's Love, is the greatest of all!
"God will never ask you if you worked no matter what, but He will ask you if you loved, no matter what."
"Touched by an Angel"
"Father, thank you for loving me and showing me how to love others. Help me to relate to those around me as You would. May Your Spirit make me a blessing to others, and may I fulfill your will to love others even as Christ has loved me! Amen."
Reading Scripture in another version: John 19:23-27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece. 24 So they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be"; this was to fulfill the Scripture: "They divided My outer garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots." 25 Therefore the soldiers did these things. But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" 27 Then He said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.
Point of Interest: Redeemed
1. What does Mary's presence at the cross evoke in you?
2. How many disciples was at the feet of the cross?
3. In the scripture, which disciple was Jesus' talking too?
4. What did Jesus means when He made this statement?
5. What is a spiritual relationship?
6. In Matthew 22:37-38, what does each of the following mean
-with all your heart?
-with all your soul?
-with all your mind?
7. Read the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37, what is the main lesson from this story?
8. What is God's promise associated with the commandment in Ephesians 6:1-3?
9. What matter most in our relatioships?
10. What kind of relationship Jesus demonstrated concerning His Father?concerning His Father?
Ending Prayer:Lord Jesus, the presence of your mother at the cross engages my heart. You are no longer only the Savior dying for the sins of the world. You are also a fully human man, a son with a mother. O Lord, how can I begin to thank you for what you suffered? My words fall short. My thoughts seem superficial and vague. Nevertheless, I offer my sincere gratitude for your suffering. Thank you for bearing my sin on the cross. I give you my praise, my love, my heart . . . all that I am, because you have given me all that you are. All praise be to you, Lord Jesus, fully God and fully human, Savior of the world . . . my Savior! Amen.
Reading: Week # 3 (John 7-9)