Jesus' Words from the Cross

The Lord Jesus uttered seven phrases from the cross. The middle phrase was the shuddering cry of desolation and devastation, spoken in a loud voice: “My God, my God why hath thou forsaken me?” (See Matthew 22:46 and Mark 15:34) It is significant what precedes and follows this cry. The first phrase Jesus uttered was, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34) Jesus’ final statement, spoken again in a loud voice was, “Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit.” (Luke 23:46) Between these two cries there is Emmanuel crying out, once again loudly, to his Father: “My God, my God.” The apostle John is actually the only author of the Gospels who mentions Jesus adding here, “It is finished.” (John 19:30)

The Application

Lesson #1 - Judgment is coming

For God hath appointed a day (Acts 17:31)

John 3:36 -  “He that believeth not the son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on Him.”

Romans 3:23 - “For all have sinned […]”

Romans 6:23 - “The wages of sin is death (eternal)”

“The Great White Throne” 


Lesson #2 - Because there is wrath, “beware”

- The way of escape. It is God’s own providing. It is the only way (John 16:6).

John 3:16

God loved, God gave, I believe, and I have everlasting life. Everlasting life is far more than life throughout eternity. It is far more than eternal existence. It is the very life of God communicated to the soul, in order that we may enjoy fellowship with him. “This is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.”

God loved the world, so this includes all mankind. God does not love man’s sins or the wicked world system. He loves people and is not willing that any should perish. Our Lord Jesus is spoken of five times as “the only begotten” in the New Testament (twice in John 1, twice in John 3, and once in 1 John 4:9). God so loved the world that he gave his “unique Son” The Lord Jesus is the Son of God in a sense that no one else can ever be; The Son of God - His eternal Son - His unique Son. 

John 4

When God’s remnant people returned to Jerusalem to restore the divine testimony, they were spiritually intelligent enough to realize that their first act of obedience to Jehovah was to give priority to the building of the altar. The altar was their ground of acceptance by God (see Ezra 3:3). This was followed by the building of the Temple (see Ezra 5:16). Later, they built the walls of Jerusalem under Nehemiah (Nehemiah 3:6). 

This was the divinely prescribed order:

    - The altar and its worship.

    - The Temple with its regulated service.

    - The building of the walls, which was their testimony and witness to the world around.

This divine order did not change when the Church commenced at Pentecost. The believers followed it and prospered, under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper was the center of their testimony. In this, they acknowledged, first of all, the death of Christ as the ground of their acceptance by God. Secondly, they used the Remembrance Feast, as an opportunity to worship God. In this unique gathering, they acknowledged the blessed truth of the oneness of the Body of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 10:16-17). Thirdly, they broke out of Jerusalem, and took the Gospel to the regions beyond.

It is not coincidental that the early brethren were led to give priority to the Lord’s Supper in their gatherings. This was followed by the building of the “House of God” in the restoration of divine truths, long buried in the decay of professing Christendom. These spiritual exercises were followed by evangelical and missionary testimony throughout the world. Who can deny that their obedience to divine principles was greatly honored by God? 


Some Notes on John 4:20-24

John 2

The marriage in Cana. The home of Nathaniel.

The first miracle is “Sign.”

John wrote n A.D. 90. This was the last of the Gospels to be written.

The Synoptic Gospels wrote the life story of Christ, although its events recorded are not in chronological order.

John wrote for a different reason—found in Chapter 20:30-31.

“Signs” “Selection” “Significance.”

In the N.T. three words designate the supernatural. “Powers” “Wonders” “Signs.”

A Sign then is something that proves something else.

These Signs chosen by John were Selected and Significant in the fact that they proved Christ to be the Son of God without question.

The Signs

(1) Turning water into wine

Chapter 2


(2) Healing the noblemen’s son

Chapter 4

Pre Resurrection

(3) Curing of the Bethesda paralytic

Chapter 5


(4) Feeding of the five thousand

Chapter 6

New Testament (Matthew-John)

Lesson 133: Christ In The Old Testament
Luke 24:44-48; John 5:31-37
Golden Texts John 5:39

The Old Testament is devoted to the prophetic revelation of One Person—Christ; and the exposition of one theme—Redemption. Hebrews 10:7; Luke 24:27; John 5:39.

The Lord Jesus Christ is revealed in many ways in the O. T., but chiefly by prophecy and type.

I. Prophesied. There are 333 distinct prophecies concerning: Christ in the O. T., many of which have been fulfilled and others yet to be fulfilled.

1. As a Man. Genesis 3:15; Galatians 4:4. Note it is “the seed of the woman, not the man,” i.e., the virgin birth.

2. Of Shem. Genesis 9:26. He was to be of the Shemetic or Semetic race.

3. The Nation. Abraham. Genesis 12:1-3; 22:18.

4. The Tribe—Judah. Genesis 49:10; cp. Revelation 5:5; Hebrews 7:14.

5. The family—David. 2 Samuel 7:11; Jeremiah 23:5, 6, Isaiah 11:1, 2; Matthew 1:6; 22:42-46.

6. The Town. Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:4-6.

7. The Person. Luke 1:30-33; Isaiah 9:6.

8. The Day. Luke 2:11. Cp. Daniel 9:24-27. This coincides to the exact day when Christ made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. See Sir Robert Anderson’s, “The Coming- Prince.”

9. Manner of birth. Isaiah 7:14; 1 Timothy 3:16. He was to be virgin-born.

10. Manner of Life. Isaiah 53:1-3.

11. Manner of Work. Isaiah 42:1, 2; 6, 7; 61:1.

12. Rejection. Isaiah 49:5-7; Isaiah 53:5, 6.

13. Manner of death. Daniel 9:25; Isaiah 53:8; Psalm 22:7.

14. Purpose of death. Psalm 22:22-27; Daniel 9:24; Isaiah 53:6.


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