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Why Have You Forsaken Me? - by Michael Phillips
Last Words - Part 4 of 7
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Matthew 27:45-49
Dec 25, 2005 am - This morning, with God's blessing, we will continue our meditation on the Last Words of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He spoke seven times on the cross, and what He said summarizes who He is and who He is-to us. The first three sayings are very much in character. They are the sort of things you would expect Him to say. Did He love His enemies? Did He love sinners? Did He love His mother? Yes He did. And so you're not surprised when He said, Father forgive them for they do not know what they do; Truly I say to you, this day you will be with Me in paradise; and Behold your son; behold your mother. The words are wonderful and touching, but they do not surprise you. But His fourth saying does. It is completely out of character and it contradicts everything He has said up to this point. But He said it, and even liberal scholars-who take so many words out of His mouth-leave Him with these. The words are recorded, first in a mixture of Hebrew and Aramaic- Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani? Matthew and Mark are so moved by His words they give them to us as they heard them. But then the recall for whom they are writing. Christ is not for the Jews only-He's for the whole world, and the whole world has ... More >>>

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