I misjudged the amount of posts that it would take to complete this series because I forgot to add the introduction. So, with what I just mentioned, we will knock out this Summer Sunday series in eight weeks rather than seven, which means this series will overlap two weeks into September. Yeah, let's do it. If any of you are bummed out that it is one week longer, sorry, but we need to get our feet wet before we dive hard into each cry that our Savior relayed upon the most horrible execution device known to man. What brief key points do we need to know before we get this series underway?
First, we need to know what the seven cries from the cross are. Most Christians know at least five off the top of their head, maybe six of them. However, there is one cry though that most people have difficulty remembering off the top of their heads. And, it is found in John 19:26-27. I will not insert the verse right here, because I am about to reveal what each cry is. But before I reveal each cry, you need to know that each cry will reveal the depth and the magnitude of Christ's passion in the midst of unfathomable suffering.
If we look at the cry; My God, My God why have you forsaken me; we see a cry of desperate anguish over something so beautiful. The glorious greatness of the majesty of the Most High God has severed His relationship with His Son for a mere three hours because the absolute impeccable purity of the Father is an impossibility when it comes to being in contact with the full vileness of impurities attributed with sin. The glory of God the Father is so magnificently, brilliantly beautiful that even a small speck of sin would literally be a disastrous fall. HE CANNOT LOOK UPON HIS SON WHEN THE FILTHINESS OF OUR SIN COMPLETELY CRUSHES HIS SON. That is why Jesus screams in agony, MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME? This cry is not just a cry that Jesus screams because His Father has forsaken Him. It is a scream that clearly displays the passion that Jesus exudes over losing something so dear, precious, and beautiful to Him.
These are the types of points that we will be looking at in this series. Hopefully, I have given you a glimpse of what is to come in this series and I pray that you are looking forward to this series. Now, as I mentioned above, I will list the seven cries in order of how I will post them. Next week, we will look at the first cry. The following week we will look at the second cry, and so on so forth.
1) Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
2) Woman, behold, your Son! ..... Behold your Mother!
3) Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.
4) Eli, Eli lema sabachthani--- My God, My God why have you forsaken me.
5) I thirst.
6) It is finished.
7) Father, into your hands I commit my Spirit!
Those are the seven cries that we will be digging gold nuggets from. My prayer is that we learn a lot from these seven cries that Jesus has conveyed from the cross to us as we continue to draw ever closer to Him. May His glory be magnified in these upcoming posts.
Sola Deo Gloria!!!!!