THE EXTENT OF FORGIVENESS

 (Luke 23:34)

 

1.Jesus in the garden

 

2.The jews came and took Him to Ciaphas the

  high preist

 

3. They mocked Him, brought false witnesses

   against Him, hit Him, Spit in His face

   (these were the good godly people)

 

4.Alone Jesus suffers ‑ even Peter denies

  Jesus 3 times

 

5.The Sanhedrin finds Jesus worthy of death

  they take Him to Pontious Pilate

 

6.He is interagated and found  not guilty

 

7. He is sent to Herod and found  not guilty

   mocked and sent back to Pontious Pilate

 

8. Pilate offers to free either Jesus or

   Barabbus ‑ The jews choose Barabbus

 

9. Jesus is scouraged with a cat of nine

   tails, Roman soldier mock Him (thorns &

   robe), they spit on Him, hit Him,

   He carries a 250 lb. cross to the place of

   the skull Golgotha, Mt. Calvary

 

10. Jesus is nailed to the cross and it is

    plunged into the ground.

 

11. In order to understand the extent of

    God's forgiveness, let's consider

    Jesus words as He hang suffering on a

    cross of shame.

 

I. THE SOURCE OF FORGIVENESS (Salvation)

 

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive

           them; for they know not what they

           do. And they parted his raiment,

           and cast lots.

 

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning

            his promise, as some men count

            slackness; but is longsuffering

            to us‑ward, not willing that any

            should perish, but that all

            should come to repentance.

 

 

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto

           yourselves, and to all the flock,

           over the which the Holy Ghost hath

           made you overseers, to feed the

           church of God, which he hath

           purchased with his own blood.

          

Romans 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a

            propitiation through faith in his

            blood, to declare his

            righteousness for the remission

            of sins that are past, through

            the forbearance of God;

 

Romans 5:9 Much more then, being now

           justified by his blood, we shall

           be saved from wrath through him.

          

Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through

        his blood, the forgiveness of sins,

        according to the riches of his grace;

       

Heb 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might

          sanctify the people with his own

          blood, suffered without the gate.

         

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he

           is in the light, we have

           fellowship one with another, and

           the blood of Jesus Christ his Son

           cleanseth us from all sin.

 

II. THE WAY TO FORGIVENESS

 

Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I

           say unto thee, To day shalt thou

           be with me in paradise.

 

Repentance turning away from sin and unto God

 

Luke 13:3,5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye

            repent, ye shall all likewise

            perish.

 

 If a person says I am saved and yet

   continues in sin he is only fooling himself

 

2 Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ,

he is a new creature: old things are passed

away; behold, all things are become new.

 

III. THE RESULT OF FORGIVENESS

 

John 19:26‑27 26 When Jesus therefore saw his

              mother, and the disciple

              standing by, whom he loved, he

              saith unto his mother, Woman,

              behold thy son!

              27 Then saith he to the

              disciple, Behold thy mother!

              And from that hour that

              disciple took her unto his own

              home.

 

  A. Eternal Life Luke 23:43

 

  B. Service John 19:27

     John takes Jesus place

 

     2 Cor 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors

                for Christ, as though God did

                beseech you by us: we pray

                you in Christ's stead, be ye

                reconciled to God.

 

  C. Providence John 19:26

     Woman behold thy son

 

Phil 4:19 But my God shall supply all your

          need according to his riches in

          glory by Christ Jesus.

 

Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ

          which strengtheneth me.

 

 

IV. THE MEANS OF FORGIVENESS

"My God, My God"

 

Matt 27:46‑47 46 And about the ninth hour

              Jesus cried with a loud voice,

              saying, Eli, Eli, lama

              sabachthani? that is to say, My

              God, my God, why hast thou

              forsaken me?

              47 Some of them that stood

              there, when they heard that,

              said, This man calleth for

              Elias.

 

Isa 53:1‑12; 54:7‑10

 

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins

             in his own body on the tree,

             that we, being dead to sins,

             should live unto righteousness:

             by whose stripes ye were healed.

            

V. THE SELFLESSNESS IN FORGIVENESS

 

John 19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all

           things were now accomplished, that

           the scripture might be fulfilled,

           saith, I thirst.

 

This seems to be Jesus only complaint, but if

one looks closer it is clear that this

statement is not a complaint but a necessity.

 

Ps 69:21 They gave me also gall for my meat;

         and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

 

VI. THE FINALITY OF FORGIVENESS

 

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received

           the vinegar, he said, It is

           finished: and he bowed his head,

           and gave up the ghost.

 

VII. THE FAITH IN FORGIVENESS John 19:30

      "It is finished"

 

  A. Jesus gave up the ghost

 

John 10:15‑18 15 As the Father knoweth me,

              even so know I the Father: and

              I lay down my life for the

              sheep.

              16 And other sheep I have,

              which are not of this fold:

              them also I must bring, and

              they shall hear my voice; and

              there shall be one fold, and

              one shepherd.

              17 Therefore doth my Father

              love me, because I lay down my

              life, that I might take it

              again.

              18 No man taketh it from me,

              but I lay it down of myself. I

              have power to lay it down, and

              I have power to take it again.

              This commandment have I

              received of my Father.

 

  B. Jesus offered up His life for sin

 

  Jesus freely gave by faith falling into the

  Fathers arms

 

  Rom 12:1‑2  1 I beseech you therefore,

             brethren, by the mercies of God,

             that ye present your bodies a

             living sacrifice, holy,

             acceptable unto God, which is

             your reasonable service.

              2 And be not conformed to this

             world: but be ye transformed by

             the renewing of your mind, that

             ye may prove what is that good,

             and acceptable, and perfect,

             will of God.

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