Dear Friends and Family of LCC,
I have really been moved to love Jesus even more than ever by studying his last words from the cross…. I mean if you think about it, he is not going to waste any breath as he takes his last. And He did not disappoint.
The last two weeks I have learned some things from Jesus that made the Letters from Paul, John, Peter, and James seem so much more powerful. I think we have a tendency to look at the last words of Jesus as almost after thoughts to His life. Man what a mistake. His words were so powerful, unselfish and full of grace. The fact that he said these words in the middle of dying in such a brutal way draws one to listen. The devil wants the last words of Jesus to get lost in the pain and noise of that terrible day on Skull Hill…..
Last week we learned that Jesus defeated darkness and loneliness, that comes from being separated from God, on the cross by going into the dark and being abandoned by everyone including God.
Last week’s video message and the notes can be found by clicking here…..
I also made a short 3 minute video blog this week on the topic ….
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This week I have been studying what Jesus said to his mother Mary and his best friend John as they stood at the foot of the cross watching and mourning as Jesus died. What did Jesus think about as he looked down at Mary and John? Family. I believe that in just a few words Jesus established the church. When you connect these words with some of the words he said as he traveled around and taught, you realize, that Jesus is establishing the family and the purpose of HIs church.
After the resurrection of Jesus, and before he went back to heaven, he gave us the great commission. If you grew up with the King James Version Bible you learned it like this, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Matt 28:19
A more modern translation of this Scripture is “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” NLT
So…before Jesus left the earth, after resurrection, He commanded us to bring new Christians into the family and teach them how to be Christ-followers. Before He died on the cross… While watching the pain of His mother and best friend he said, Go and Be Family. Be the church.
That’s what I will be teaching on this Sunday. I hope you will be there and bring a friend……