Last Words of Christ, Part 7: “Into Your Hands. . .” (Sermon notes and Audio)

Posted on October 19, 2012

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This is the seventh and last in a series that looks at the last words of Jesus Christ. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of October 14, 2012.. This message deals with a Christian’s attitude toward death. This contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript, because I typically add to my notes as I preach. For the entire message please listen to the audio.

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Last Words 7

SERMON NOTES:

Luke 23:46

You are not really prepared to live, unless you are prepared to die.

Much of what goes on in this world is a battle against death. Death WILL come. It has an appointment, but only God knows the hour.

This is one of the main reasons that it is great to be a Christian. You can have confidence, and not have to worry about death.

This last statement from Christ tells us about death, and how He died.

Four characteristics of His death, should encourage us and take away any fear of death.

HE REALLY DIED:
His death was not an illusion, He actually died.

He had a real human body, and experienced all of the things that go along with it.

He knew what it was to grow up, to eat, to drink, and to die.

The officials confirmed that Jesus was in fact dead.

John 19:33

These were not amateurs, they were professionals, and they knew what they were doing.

The official evidence of the Roman empire was that Jesus had actually died.

The evidence of the Gospel writers was that He actually died.

He experienced death for every person.

Very infrequently in the Bible is the word death applied to believers, usually it is called sleep. Christians who die are those who sleep in Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 4:14

But. . . Jesus died, it was not sleep, it was death!

He confronted and defeated the last enemy, that means that we do not have to be afraid of death.

HE DIED CONFIDENTLY:
He said:

Luke 23:46

He died confidently, because He was in the presence of the Father.

He addressed the Father three times while on the cross. The word Father was often used by Jesus.

  • When He was 12 He said “don’t you know that I must be about my Father’s business?”
  • In the sermon on the mount, He used the word Father more than 15 times.
  • In the upper room discourse, He talked about the Father many times.

He had the Father’s presence.

He died confidently because He had The Father’s promise.

In this statement, He quoted part of Psalm 31:5

It is an Old Testament promise, and Jesus applied it to Himself.

He added the word “Father” and omitted the phrase about being redeemed. Obviously, Jesus did not have to be redeemed, because He never sinned.

He died confidently because He had the Father’s protection.

He had told His disciples that He would be delivered into the hands of sinners, and For many hours, Jesus had been in the hands of sinners.

The hands of sinners bound Him, beat Him, stripped Him, put a crown of thorns on His head, and nailed Him to a cross.

But, at the end of His work, He was no longer in the hands of sinners, He was in the Father’s hands.

The greatest safety is in the Father’s hands.

HE DIED WILLINGLY:
He willingly laid down His life, it would have been impossible to kill Jesus had He not allowed it to happen.

John 10:17-18

This is amazing, no Old Testament sacrifice ever died willingly.

Before Jesus laid down His life, He forgave His enemies.

Before He laid down His life, He gave salvation to a repentant thief.

Before He laid down His life, He cared for His mother.

Before He laid down His life, He finished the work that God gave Him to do.

We don’t know how long God will permit us to live. Every minute of every day, is a gift of His grace.

Today, we should forgive our enemies. We don’t want to die with anything in our hearts against anybody.

We should desire to come to the time of death, having shared salvation with others.

We want to be faithful in taking care of those who depend on us.

We want to be able to come to the end of life and willingly surrender to God, Having finished the work that God meant for us to do.

HE DIED VICTORIOUSLY:
When Jesus gave up His spirit, several miracles took place.

The veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom, as God opened up the Holy of Holies.

Some graves were opened, and some saints were resurrected (Mat 27:52).

He proved Himself to be victorious over sin and death.

There was even an earthquake.

Jesus died victoriously, as the conqueror of sin, death and hell.

Jesus died so that we don’t have to fear death.

Don’t gamble with eternity, death will come and how will you face it?

You can die confidently and victoriously.

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