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When the four gospel accounts are combined, Jesus speaks seven times from the cross, commonly referred to as the “Seven Last Words” of Christ. During the weeks of Lent we take a careful look at these important sayings of Jesus, spoken in his dying moments. In so many ways, they distill not only his own life, teaching, and purpose, but also our own experience of life before God.

The Word of Forgiveness

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Audio Video Luke 23:32-34

The first of seven last words that Jesus speaks from the cross is, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” These are extraordinary words—not only do they reveal the character of Jesus; they also reveal the very heart of God.

The Word of Salvation

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Audio Video Luke 23:39-43

Jesus hangs on the cross between two criminals. The first criminal mocks Jesus, while the second is assured of salvation. Though they are very different, both men who died beside Jesus have something important to teach us about salvation.

The Word of Community

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Audio Video Gal 3:23-29 & John 19:25-27

From the cross, Jesus looks at his mother and one of his disciples and redefines their relationship to one another. In so doing, Jesus redefines the way all Christians relate to one another, forming a new kind of community—which we call the Church.

The Word of Abandonment

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Audio Video Psalm 22:1-11 & Mark 15:33-41

Jesus cries out in apparent despair from the cross: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” In this darkest moment of scripture, we find the very heart of the good news of God in Christ.

The Word of Distress

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Audio Video Psalm 69:16-21 & John 19:28-29

In the midst of all of the physical suffering that Jesus is enduring on the cross, John reports that Jesus says, “I am thirsty.” These are remarkable words coming from the one who is himself the source of living water, and they tell us a lot about how the salvation of God is at work in the world.

The Last Word

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Audio Video Mt 21:1-11 | Jn 19:30 | Lk 23:44-46

Jesus begins the week with a triumphal entry into the power center of Jerusalem and he ends it powerless on a cross. These events reveal the very heart of the gospel and how God is at work in our lives in Christ.

The Word After That

Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

Audio Video Acts 10:34-43 & Mt 28:1-10

Jesus spoke his final words from the cross, but there was still a word after that: God’s bold declaration that death does not have power over life.