Sermon Quotes: "Cries from the Cross | Part 1"

“All of us treasure the final words of those we love or admire. But Jesus actual final words during his earthly life were not, in fact, collected in one place to form a farewell address. They are scattered in seven different places, three in the Gospel of Luke, one in Matthew and Mark, and three in John. They are not remotely like any other final words ever recorded as being spoken by a leader. They are exceptionally brief and poignant and they are uttered in the midst of prolonged death throes. No examination of the seven words of Jesus on the cross is adequate without a careful consideration of the circumstances in which they were spoken.” Murray Harris

“Reflection on the spiritual horrors that awaited him actually threatened to kill him.” Kent Hughes

“I had read a thousand times the story of Jesus arrest-how soldiers had slapped Him, laughed at Him, flogged Him. Now such happenings had faces and voices. Fridays was the recurrent humiliation of medical inspection. We had to maintain our erect, hands-at-sides position as we filed slowly past a phalanx of grinning guards. How there could have been any pleasure in the sight of these stick-thin legs and hunger-bloated stomachs I could not imagine…Nor could I see the necessity for the complete undressing…But it was one of these mornings while we were waiting, shivering in the corridor, that yet another page of the Bible leapt into life for me. He hung naked on the cross. I had not known-I had not thought…The paintings, the carved crucifixes showed at least a scrap of cloth. But this, I suddenly knew, was the respect and reverence of the artist. But oh-at the time itself, on that other Friday morning-there had been no reverence. No more than I saw in the faces around us now. I leaned toward Betsie, ahead of me in line. Her shoulder blades stood out sharp and thin beneath he blue-mottled skin. ‘Betsie, they took His clothes too.’ Ahead of me in line I heard a little gasp. ‘Oh Corrie. And I never thanked Him.’” Corrie Ten Boom

“With these words of forgiveness Jesus displays his mercy and declares he is in the business of forgiving sinners.” Phil Ryken

“As soon as the blood of the Great Sacrifice began to flow, the Great High Priest began to intercede.” J.C. Ryle

“Now into the pronoun ‘them’ I feel that I can crawl. Can you get in there? Oh, by humble faith, appropriate the cross of Christ by trusting in it; and get into that big little word ‘them.’” Charles Spurgeon

“The Bible has its corridors of mystery which refuse to yield their secrets to anyone, even the most brilliant theologians. But nowhere in all the Bible do we encounter any mystery that so staggers the mind and shocks the Christian consciousness as this tortured cry from the lips of our dying Savior. This awesome, haunting protest screamed into the darkened heavens brings us to the heart of the atonement. Here is the ‘crucifixion with the crucifixion.’” Richard Allen Bodey

“To be forsaken by God is the ultimate penalty for sin. The pit of hell is the abode of the utterly forsaken. To be forsaken is to be cast into the outer darkness. It is to receive the fury of the curse of God. On the cross Jesus becomes in the sight of God the most grotesque display of ugliness imaginable. He is now polluted with the cumulative filth of the sin He bears for His sheep. Now the Father breaks fellowship with Him; He averts His divine glance; Jesus as the very incarnation of sin is consigned to outer darkness…His scream was the scream of the damned. For us.” R.C. Sproul