An equipping ministry to Disciple the Church.
A mission base to Send the Church.
After a dramatic last entrance into Jerusalem, cleansing the temple, some last teachings, a last supper, betrayal, arrest, multiple court appearances, sentence to death, and a flogging - Jesus was crucified just outside of Jerusalem.
He hung there and bled for six hours from 9am to 3pm. It went dark in Jerusalem from noon to three when he breathed his last.
During that agonizing and world changing six hours on the cross, Jesus uttered seven things that have been for centuries meditated on and preaching on by his church.
These seven sayings of the cross speak of what he was accomplishing in his crucifixion as well as what our lives of taking of the cross daily will include.
And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
The Seven Sayings:
1. Cross suffering leads to forgiveness.
"Father, forgive them.”
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
2. Cross faith and confession leads to paradise.
"Today thou shalt be with me in paradise."
3. Cross unity creates new family in the spirit.
"Woman! Behold thy son."
4. Cross experience can feel like absence of God sometimes.
"My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
5. Cross experience will expose physical weakness.
They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.
6. Cross experience brings victorious completion.
"It is finished."
7. Cross life leads to ultimate surrender of life.
"Father, into thy hands.”