April 15, 2019
Father Forgive Them - Outline
April 14, 2019
What was Jesus greatest moment?
- as a Prophet?
- as a Healer?
- as a Teacher?
Can you remember the most painful moment of your life?
Jesus Greatest Moment #1: At the Cross
- Father forgive them.
When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. (Luke 23:33–34, NLT)
- You will be with me.
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42–43, NLT)
- Woman behold your Son.
But many were amazed when they saw him. His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man. (Isaiah 52:14, NLT)
When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home. (John 19:26–27, NLT)
- Why have you forsaken me?
At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Matthew 27:45–46, NLT)
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? (Psalm 22:1, NLT)
The most painful moment of his life was when Jesus carried our sin.
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21, NLT)
Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. (Isaiah 53:4–5, NLT)
He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. (1 Peter 2:24, NLT)
Why did this happen to Jesus?
- He went through it to show his love for us.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, NLT)
… just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her (Ephesians 5:25b, NLT)
- He went through this to resolve the injustice of sin.
For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, (Romans 3:25, NLT)
- He went through this to cancel the legal demands against us.
He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:14, NIV)
- He suffered and died to provide for our forgiveness.
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins… (Colossians 2:13–14a, NIV)
Study for individuals and small groups
What have been the 2-3 defining moments of your life?
Read Luke 23:33-34.
How does Jesus prayer give insight into how God looks at our sin and at us?
What is the hardest part about forgiving someone?
Does realizing that people who hurt you don’t know what they are doing help you?
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.
In what ways has Christ made you a new person?
Christ became sin for us.
What do you think about that?
We are the righteousness of God.
What does that mean?
Read Luke 22:19-20.
What was the Old Covenant like?
What is new about the New Covenant?
What impact should the New Covenant have on us?
What keeps you from enjoying the full impact of God’s new covenant with you?
Is there someone you are struggling to forgive?
Take some time to consider the impact of Jesus saying, “Father forgive them” and compare his situation to yours.
Is it possible that they don’t know what they are doing?
What would it take for you to forgive them?