Famous Last Words

No Place Like Home!

Jesus, the one who loves us most, used his last breath and his last words to address our deepest needs.

In the final statement of Jesus on the cross we see victory, comfort, example, and access. From the mouth of Christ we have the only power that can get us home and give us hope along the way. We die the way we live. Jesus can get us home safe. 

Message Notes

It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
Luke 23:44-49

Home has less to do with a location than with who is there. Jesus was going home to where his Father was.

His words to the Father show us:

Intimacy

Trust

Victory

Comfort

Confidence

Example

You never have to worry about anything you have committed to God.

Give all your worries, cares, and anxiety to God because he cares for you.
I Peter 5:7

That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.
II Timothy 1:12

Bottom Line:

You can trust God with everything.

Next Steps:

  1. Follow Jesus in everything. Make sure your life is totally entrusted to His care.

  2. Think of someone you know who needs to know this wonderful Savior. Invite them to church Sunday to sit with you.

Victory Cry!

Jesus, the one who loves us most, used his last breath and his last words to address our deepest needs.

The sixth statement from Jesus on the cross, "It is finished," is the greatest battle cry ever spoken. Christ is declaring victory over sin and death - then, now and always. I can live in victory because of what he accomplished.


Message Notes

Tetelestai!

“It is finished!”

Tetelestai!

The perfect Lamb of God has finished the work the Father has sent him to do.
The debt has been paid in full.
It is finished and forever done.

What was the effect?

God the Father could have a relationship with sinful man.

There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone.
I Timothy2:5

The prophets and angels were amazed.

This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and his great glory afterward. They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.
I Peter 1:10-12

Death and Hell were defeated.

I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.
Revelation 1:18

Jesus wants you to get to say, “Tetelestai!”

You still have some unfinished business.
As long as you are alive, God still has plans for you.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11

Take care of your issues.

I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God.
Revelation 3:1-2

Take care of the tasks God has given you.

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
Acts 20:24

Commit to finishing strong.

Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you saying, “This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.”
Luke 14:28-30

Execute.

Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving.
II Corinthians 8:11

Never give up.

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Philippians 1:6

Bottom Line

I can live in the victory of Jesus.

Next Steps:

  1. Step across the line and receive Christ’s finished work for you.

  2. Do an inventory of what is unfinished in your life, make a plan, commit, and get going on it.


Water, Water Everywhere, and Not a Drop to Drink

Jesus, the one who loves us most, used his last breath and his last words to address our deepest needs.

Jesus was the God-man. He was the Living Water, but he willingly put aside his power to pay our debt. He understands our situations.

Message Notes

Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” John 19:38

All things were accomplished—the Water of Life was drained dry.

He neglected his own needs until he was certain the battle was won.

God was very careful to identify His Son as the promised Savior.

Mistaken identity is tragic.

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:16

There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

Jesus wants to share his victory with you.

Jesus was fully human and understands everything I go through.
But he is also fully God and will carry anything I give to him.
He is interceding for me.

This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. Hebrews 4:15

Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who hadthe power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. Hebrews 2:14-15

I will never experience anything that Jesus does not understand and have the ability to help me through.

Turn to the power of Jesus in your pain instead of false comforters.

Bottom Line

No one understands like Jesus. He can handle me.

Next Steps

1) Honestly evaluate where you are not allowing Jesus to be enough.

2) For the next 30 days, go to him first with every issue.


The Sounds of Silence

Jesus, the one who loves us most, used his last breath and his last words to address our deepest needs.

In the middle of great pain,I can’t see the whole story. But God is with me, doing things I don’t understand now. He will go to any lengths to have a relationship with me. The suffering of Jesus shows the extent of the Father’s love.

Message Notes

At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock.Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lemasabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
Mark 15:33-34

The suffering of Jesus shows how far God will go to have a relationship with us.

We were not sick—we were DEAD in our sins.

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our fleshand following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
Ephesians 2:1-5

Jesus paid a debt no one else could pay.

He took on every single sin.

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
II Corinthians 5:21

He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
I Peter 2:24

Whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
John 6:37

Our sins separated him from his Father. This is what hell looks like.

They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.
II Thessalonians 1:9

You and I are the reason he endured the cross.

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2

He not only gave us forgiveness for our sins, he showed us how to face our own darkest days:

The Scripture we hide in our hearts gives us traction when the climb is hard.

We overcome despair by rushing to God in the middle of it.

Look at the cross to understand God’s love. He is for you, not against you.

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Romans 8:32

There is no Plan B.

How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?
Hebrews 2:3

Bottom Line

God will go to any lengths to have a relationship with me.

Next Steps:
1.) Accept the forgiveness and life offered by Jesus,
2.) Give my WHY to my Father.
3.) Run to God in my pain.

Honor, Faithfulness, and Discipleship

Jesus, the one who loves us most, used his last breath and his last words to address our deepest needs.

Jesus honored all of his relationships to the very last. He called his own mother to discipleship.

Message Notes

Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene.When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.”And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.”And from then on this disciple took her into his home.
John 19:25-27

John shows us

  • You can start again after failure—the quicker, the better.

  • Nothing is more powerful than presence.

  • Faithfulness is a long obedience in the same direction.

Jesus Shows us

  • Honor is obedience when you are young; respect and care when you are an adult.

Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise.
Ephesians 6:1-2

Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart.
Luke 2:51

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
I Timothy 5:8

  • Honor is most often a boomerang of blessing.

  • Honor is different than just love. It is a commitment to the finish.

Mary shows us

  • Character makes you a candidate to be used greatly by God.

  • If you are used greatly, you will also suffer greatly.

Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
Luke 2:34-35

There is no special pass, position, or privilege when it comes to salvation.

Mary shows us

  • Character makes you a candidate to be used greatly by God.

  • If you are used greatly, you will also suffer greatly.

    Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” Luke 2:34-35

  • There is no special pass, position, or privilege when it comes to salvation.

Bottom Line:
Jesus cherishes relationships and discipleship.

Next Steps

  1. Commit to honor and faithfulness in my relationships.

  2. Live the priority of discipleship.

Last Call

Jesus, the one who loves us most, used his last breath and his last words to address our deepest needs.

Jesus died while hanging between two criminals. In his dying moments one recognized Jesus as the King with a Kingdom, and asked to be remembered. Jesus made a surprising and powerful promise of heavento those who believe in who he is.  

Message Notes

Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him.When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.

The crowd watched and the leaders scoffed. “He saved others,” they said, “let him save himself if he is really God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”The soldiers mocked him, too, by offering him a drink of sour wine.They called out to him, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”A sign was fastened above him with these words: “This is the King of the Jews.”

One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!”But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die?We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.”
Luke 23:32-43

The two criminals were very alike.

Both were very evil and foolish with their lives.

Both were at the end of a long road of bad choices.

Both were given their last call, a last opportunity by Jesus.

The two criminals were very different.

The first thief saw Jesus as a possible way of escape, nothing else. He had no brokenness, sorrow, or repentance.

The second thief saw Jesus as the King to be followed.

He focused on Jesus.

He feared God.

He admitted his sin and accepted justice.

He believed that Jesus is exactly who He said he was, a good and mighty King.

The second thief prayed, “When you get to your Kingdom, remember me.”

Jesus said, “Today, in Paradise.”

Heaven is real, immediate, with Jesus.

Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, while we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
II Corinthians 5:6-8

Jesus is the Way.

Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.And you know the way to where I am going.”

“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
John 14:1-6

Bottom Line

Life hinges on Who you believe Jesus is. Jesus is the key to heaven.

Next Steps

  1. Ask God to help you be sure of who Jesus is.

  2. Commit to daily prayer and an invitation to Easter for someone who needs forgiveness.



Our Greatest Need

Jesus, the one who loves us most, used his last breath and his last words to address our deepest needs.

In the middle of his own agony on the cross, Jesus prayed for and offered forgiveness, our greatest need.

Message Notes

Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.When they came to the place called The Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
Luke 23:32-35

Sin is our greatest problem. Forgiveness is our greatest need.

All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.
Isaiah 53:6

God treats us like Jesus deserves, because God treated Jesus like we deserve.

God‘s grace is to flow through us to others. Focusing on others is the key to suffering victoriously.

None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
I Corinthians 2:8

"Friends, I realize that what you and your leaders did to Jesus was done in ignorance.”
Acts 3:17

Forgiveness must be accepted.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
I John 1:9

Prayer is the lifeline through pain.

as was his custom… Luke 22:39

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7