Monday, March 21, 2016

The Seven Words of Jesus

Great word by Pastor Jack Hayford. I get this out every Holy Week. He shows us how what Jesus did on the cross shows us how to live through our bad days . . .

"If you want to talk about having a bad day—a day of death-dealing suffering—Good Friday certainly would qualify. While the “good” in that day is related to God’s love gift of His Son, the Good Shepherd, laying down His life for the sheep, it was, nonetheless, a very bad day.

Although the dimension of Jesus’ suffering at Calvary transcends our understanding, the dynamics of what He endured are painfully appropriate to our human experience. Betrayal, injustice, brutality and loneliness are common to bad days we all have.

In studying the words spoken by Jesus on the Cross, we find companionship and direction for our own “bad days.” And so, more than a decade ago, I was prompted to write a small book about Jesus’ seven statements as an encouragement to those of us who are answering His call to discipleship and “the fellowship of His sufferings” (Philippians 3:10)."

Read the entire article here.

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