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Words and prayers from the cross

April 18th, 2014

Here are some of Jesus’ last words and prayers from the cross…

1. The first words that are recorded from Jesus on the cross show that even in this situation of great agony He is prepared to forgive His accusers, His torturers, His enemies, as He cries out, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.”

2. Secondly, He turns to one of the thieves or criminals surrounding Him on the two crosses on either side of Him, who has cried out for remembrance when Jesus comes into His kingdom. Jesus replies, “Truly, today you will be with me in paradise.” As soon as they both die, they can enjoy the presence of God the Father in eternal bliss.

3. Thirdly, Jesus turns to his mother and to the beloved disciple, the apostle John, and says, “Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother” Even on the cross He has not forgotten those closest to Him.

4. Fourthly, Jesus cries out, “My God, my God, why have your forsaken me?” Jesus felt some awareness of now being separated from His heavenly Father. The closeness and intimacy that He had enjoyed throughout His life was broken.

5. Fifthly, He cries out, “I thirst.” And yet He refuses to drink what was either a painkiller or a poison, anything that would relieve His suffering or speed up the process of His death. And so His statement, “I thirst,” is probably not merely a statement of human anguish but also one of spiritual anguish following His acknowledgment of separation from God.

6. Sixthly, He says, “It is finished” —certainly referring to His life, but again perhaps we are meant to see the whole plan of salvation has now been accomplished.

7. Lastly, He cries out, “Father, into Thy hands I commit my spirit.”

So to summarise this event – Jesus asked for God to forgive the people who crucified Him, He offered salvation to one of the thieves, He asked John to care for His mother, he felt the separation from God for the first time and said He thirsted for God, He said the work of salvation is done, and then last but not least committed His Spirit to God.

Imagine if the shoe was on the other foot

April 15th, 2014

One of my non Christian friends always questioned why I spent so much time sharing my faith with him and doing our outreach work through PASSIONAustralia.org.

He would tell me that I was wasting my time reaching out to others and especially to him. He said no-one was interested at all. I may as well just stop.

After many a conversation I said imagine if the shoe was on the other foot. I said imagine if you were the Christian and I wasn’t.

Imagine if God was real and I needed to accept Jesus into my life as our Lord and Saviour. Imagine if I didn’t repent of my sin and believe Jesus died on the cross for me.

Imagine if heaven and hell was real. Imagine if only people who accepted Christ went to heaven and those who didn’t went to hell for all eternity. Imagine if the flames of hell were real and I would spend all eternity there.

Imagine if you knew and believed this with all of your heart. Wouldn’t you want to tell others and especially me? Wouldn’t you want me to come to know Jesus and as many people as possible?

Wouldn’t you prefer people went to heaven and not hell? Wouldn’t you spend a lot of time trying to tell people?

Finally he understood why I do what I do. He also understood why I at times risked our friendship to share my faith with him.

He agreed that if the shoe was on the other foot… he would do the same.

God Bless,
Dave

Some of our sermons

April 14th, 2014

Here are some of our sermons we have done over the years. Some are written out fully and others are the text with some short points.

The shorter ones usually have illustrations and stories that I share off the top of my head to expand them out. The most recent ones are at the top of the page.

Sermons

Easter Bible reading plan

April 12th, 2014

If you would like a reading plan that is for the Easter period you can use this one. It starts with Jesus heading towards Jerusalem and finishes with Him giving the Great Commission and returning to heaven.

Link to PDF document

God Bless,
Dave

My two favourite audio Bibles

April 11th, 2014

I have two favourite audio Bibles that I regularly listen to. The Listeners Bible in NIV and the Holy Sanctuary Audio Bible in NLT.

They come in handy when I feeling a bit tired in the mornings. Rather than do my readings I let someone else read and I follow along. They also are good when I am out walking or riding on the exercise bike.

Sometimes when I know I am speaking on a passage or a few chapters I like to listen to it a few times with someone else reading it. These are perfect for that.

The good news is that you can buy them and put them on your phone or MP3 player or you can use them both for free on Bible.com (YouVersion). Just look for the little speaker at the bottom of each Bible page.

I hope you enjoy them.

God Bless,
Dave