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FORGIVEN IN RED , THE 7 SAYINGS FROM THE CROSS
by Charles (Chuck) Robey
06/26/13
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The Sayings of Jesus on the cross (also called the Seven Last Words from the Cross) are seven expressions traditionally attributed to Jesus during his crucifixion, gathered from the four Canonical Gospels. Three of the sayings appear exclusively in the Gospel of Luke and three appear exclusively in the Gospel of John. The other saying appears both in the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of Matthew. In Mark and Matthew, Jesus cries out to God. In Luke, he forgives his killers, reassures the good thief, and commends his spirit to the Father. In John, he speaks to his mother, says he thirsts, and declares the end of his earthly life. These last seven sayings, that He uttered as He hung on that cruel cross centuries ago, are just as relevant for today Christian living. ( Philippians 1:21) Each saying can simply be defined as a "one word" gospel message.

1. Forgiveness ( Psalm 103:8-12

2. Salvation ( Acts 4:12)

3. Relationship ( 1 John 4:10)

4. Abandonment (Deuteronomy 31:6)

5. Distress( John 14:27

6. Triumph ( Romans 8:38-39)

7. Reunion ( Isaiah 65:19)

Why do so many churches not preach the cross, ( Isaiah 53:5 ) in this day-in-age ? Is it that we seem to have gotten away from the cross to a certain extent, in our teaching, our preaching and yes even in our singing. Regardless of today's mind-set, Christianity has not, nor will ever, be changed. ( Hebrews 13:8 ) ( Colossians 2:9 ) ( John 1:1 )

Is it because some may not understand the gospel ? ( 1 Cor 1:18 ) Has this "old time religion", been surpassed for a more modern day religion ? Or, could it be that the current Bible colleges are placing this doctrine on the back burner ? ( 1 Cor 1:18 ) I certainly hope and pray that we, as a true church, have not succumbed to this compliancy. ( 1 Cor 4:8-21) ( Rev 3:14-22 ) ( Amos 6:1-7 )

Could it be that we Christians need to rediscover the central theme of the cross. The cross is far from being just a study in academia For it was by His cross that we are saved today. You see, ever since the fall of man in the garden of Eden, ( Genesis 3:1-7 ) ( Genesis 3: 15 ) we are all born is sin and in need of a Savior. ( Romans 5:12 ) ( Psalm 51:5 ) ( Ephesians 2:3 )

So, why should we be disturbed, if the church doesn't preach the cross ? Is this a violation of the fundamental gospel ? ( John 3:10 ) ( 1 Cor 9:16 ) Let us take a hint from the early church. For this church preached, what we call, the full gospel. ( 1 Cor 15: 1-4 )

And how can we be an effective witness, if the cross is not mentioned ? ( 1 Timothy 2:4 ) You see, one of the toughest tests of Christianity is authentic faith on our part! ( James 1:22 ) Therefore, don't ever give up the root of your salvation, the cross. You see, all the founders of all other religions are still in the grave. However, our Savior Jesus Christ is alive and in Heaven , ever waiting to redeem and accept the unbelievers and stand in for us believers ( John 3:16-17) ( Romans 8:34 ) ( Colossians 3:1 ) ( Ephesians 1: 19-21 ) ( Romans 8:34 ) ( John 1:1-5 ) ( 1 Timothy 1:12-16 )

How powerful is this ? Just think about it ! ( Isaiah 55:11 ) ( Isaiah 40: 8) ( Matthew 16:18 ) Simply put, we are

"Forgiven In Red".

On that blessed cruel cross, Our Savior's love did display

Showing His precious care for us, In taking our sins away

Forgiven In Red ( 1 John 1:7)

Our blood bought souls, Are now cleanest forever more

Just too forever to be with Him, On that great gospel shore

Forgiven In Red ( Luke 23:34 )

He plead the Father's mercy, That dreaded mournful day

Forgive guiltless soldiers, Who did scourge and torture covey

Forgiven In Red (Luke 23:43 )

Opening Heavens portals, To a repenting sinner by His side

Promising the thief this day, With Him in Paradise to abide

Forgiving In Red ( John 19: 26-27 )

At the foot of the cross, Knelt His sad Mother's broken heart

To His disciples He commented His Mother, Never more to part

Forgiven In Red (Matthew 27: 46 )

Suddenly He cried aloud, To the Father in Heaven above

In lonely despair Asking the Father why His forsaken love

Forgiven In Red ( John 19:28 )

His human expression of physical suffering, He did display

In His lonely anguish, His painful cry for thirst did give way

Forgiven in red ( John 19:30 )

The suffering is now over, And His redemption is complete

It is finished said the Master, As Satan was given his defeat

Forgiven In Red ( Luke 23:46 )

Into the Fathers hands, He commended His spirits above

By faith in God's free grace, We now have our Saviors love

Forgiven In Red



If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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