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April 2021 Monthly Message
The ONE in the midst, spoke words brief and few,
“Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”
Words from parched lips, from ONE who truly cares,
Interceding for His enemies, in this short prayer!
On either side of Christ, were two common thieves,
The one would soon obtain, an eternal reprieve.
“Remember me, O Lord,” repentently he cries,
“Today thou shalt be with Me in Paradise.”
John stood with His mother, her comfort to seek,
This beloved disciple, then heard Jesus speak:
“Behold, thy mother; woman, behold thy son,”
These tender words from their greatly loved ONE.
As Christ hung dying in anguish, sad and alone,
This ONE with the purest heart, this world has e’er known.
A woeful utterance bursts forth; heart-felt agony,
“My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”
“I thirst;” His thirst was almost more than He could bear,
But vinegar was all that was offered there.
But the breaking Heart, of the Saviour of man,
Would not retreat, from God’s redemption Plan!
“It is finished,” His Work on the Cross was done,
This humble Man, who was truly God’s own Son!
“Father, into Thy Hands,” our precious Saviour cries,
“I commend My Spirit;” and then so bravely dies!
But is He dead? Nay! Our Lord Jesus did arise!
O that we would shout it to the highest skies!
Nothing could hold Him, behind His tomb’s dark door,
He lives! He lives! And He will live for ever more!
By: His servant, Connie Kramer Apr. 20, 2000 # 685
Our precious Lord Jesus spoke seven memorable words from the cross:
• #1 Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. (KJV) . . . Jesus asked His Father to forgive those who were putting Him to death; the Jewish leaders, Roman politicians and soldiers, bystanders. God answered His prayer by opening up the way of salvation even to Jesus’ murderers. The Roman centurion and soldiers who witnessed the crucifixion said, “Surely he was the Son of God” (Mat.27:54). Because we ALL are sinners, we ALL had a part in putting Jesus to death. The Gospel proclaims that God is gracious, and will forgive us and give us new life through His Son. Roman soldiers customarily divided up the clothing of executed criminals among themselves. When they cast lots for Jesus’ clothes, they fulfilled the prophecy in Psalm 22:18.
• #2 Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. (KJV) . . . As the thief was about to die, he turned to Christ, and Christ accepted Him (John 1:12). This proves that our deeds do NOT save us. It is only our faith in Christ that saves us. It is never too late to turn to God! Even in His agony, Jesus had mercy on this criminal who decided to believe in Him.
• #3 John 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! (KJV) . . . Jesus entrusted His mother to a person who stayed with Him at the cross . . . and that was John.
• #4 Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (KJV) . . . (also Mark 15:34). Jesus knew that He would be temporarily separated from God the moment He took upon Himself the sins of the world. This separation was what He had dreaded as He prayed in Gethsemane. The physical agony was dreadful, but the spiritual alienation from God was ultimate torture. See Psalm 22 for prophecy expressing Jesus’ deep agony.
• #5 John 19:28-29 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.  Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. (KJV) . . . Jesus had a burning thirst from the anguish of the cross. See Psalm 22:15 and Psalm 69:21.
• #6 John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. (KJV) . . . Jesus became the final and ultimate Sacrifice for sin. Finished means “paid in full.” Jesus came to finish God’s work of salvation (John 4:34; 17:4). The complex sacrificial system ended when Jesus took all sin upon Himself. Because of what He did, we now have access to the Throne of God (Rom.5:1-10). IF we believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection, we shall live eternally with God and escape His wrath and the penalty that comes from sin.
• #7 Luke 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. (KJV) . . . Jesus trusted the Father with His all. How about us?