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Last Words

The last words of a person just before they pass on can be very important. They can bring blessing, speak forgiveness, confess fault, direct attention and many other things. Jesus last words were powerful, provocative and loving.
There are seven last sentences he spoke as he hung on the cross, each significant in its own way.
To the Father for the soldiers parting his clothing beneath the cross he said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34) Jesus was concerned for the Roman soldiers who were just doing their job and trying to find something of value in that moment, one that they had experienced many times.To the penitent sinner hanging on a cross next to him he said, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43) This man was finding salvation in the last moments of his life. Jesus affirming the existence of a world after death and assuring this man th…

Contradictions

Alignment in your life is essential for peace in your heart. Alignment means that all actions you do and all words you speak affirm the direction of your life and the values you advocate. What is it that you are doing that contradicts what you say you believe?
The Scribes, Pharisees and Sadducees had a strong hatred for Jesus. They continued to scheme to destroy him and kill him. In what must have seemed an amazing day Judas of Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, came to them and offered to deliver Jesus to them. They paid him thirty pieces of silver for his betrayal.
So, they received Jesus, abused him with their words, questions and fists and then delivered him to Pilate in the early morning accusing him of insurrection. These are the leaders of Israel; men who have acted like they led a pure life in their religion. Here is an amazing statement, "to avoid ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not enter the palace; they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. So Pilate came out to…

Eleventh Commandment?

What is one of the last charges of Jesus to his disciples? It had to be important. It had to be impactful. After Judas had slithered away from the table and departed the last supper, Jesus says, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. " (John 13:35)
We know that there are Ten Commandments given in Exodus 20:1-17. These were given to a people coming out of 400 years of slavery. They were given to provide boundaries for the people related to God and neighbor. Most of them have a "no" or "not" in them. These were more about what "not" to do rather than what to do. In John, the commandment is what to do.
Moses writes of the priestly system in Leviticus and repeats the previously given Ten Commandments of Exodus. In Leviticus 19:18 the Lord through Moses says, "…love your neighbor as yourself." So, if this s…

Works and Heaven

There is a false impression as to the place of works in the reward of heaven. Look at the following and see the importance of works as evidence not meritorious.
Jesus said in the end judgment the King will say, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father, take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." (Matthew 25:34-36)
These six actions are evidence that could be presented in a court. They reveal the heart of the person from which they come. It is not a heart that's motive is seeking reward from doing these works but rather a heart that is prompted to do them by love never considering reward. The source of this love is faith in Christ and these actions toward others are an evidence of th…