Of Jesus’ last seven statements from the cross, the first three were about others while the last four were about what He came to do and what He was going through on the cross. In this third Sunday of our 40 Days of Lent, the message was about Jesus’ statement on love. It’s a reminder that even in the midst of His suffering, Jesus thought about others.
For our 40 days of Lent, our Sunday messages will focus on what Jesus said while He hung on the cross. You have probably thanked Jesus for what He did on the cross, but have you ever thanked Him for what He said on the cross?
SEVEN WORDS FROM THE CROSS
JESUS SPEAKS ABOUT LOVE: ” ‘Dear woman, here is your son.’ ‘Here is your mother.’ “
John 19:25-27 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.
TO LOVE LIKE JESUS, I MUST …
1. LEARN TO CARE FOR MY FAMILY
Exodus 20:12 “Honour your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
1 Timothy 5:3-4 Take care of any widow who has no one else to care for her. But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God.
1 Timothy 5:8 But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.
Proverbs 17:17 A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.
2. TREAT OTHER BELIEVERS AS MY FAMILY
1 Timothy 5:1-2 Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters.
Romans 12:10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other.
Galatians 6:10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
Galatians 6:2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.
3. SEE OTHERS’ PAIN WHEN I AM IN PAIN
Philippians 2:5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
1 Peter 4:1 So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude He had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin.
4. MEET OTHERS’ NEEDS WHEN MINE ARE NOT MET
Romans 15:2-3 We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. For even Christ didn’t live to please Himself. As the Scriptures say, “The insults of those who insult you, O God, have fallen on me.”
Romans 12:13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
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