Happy Easter. He is Risen!
St Joan of Arc, a young woman with no military training, believed she had been chosen by God to lead France to military victory in its long-running war with England in the 1400's.
She convinced the embattled crown prince Charles of Valois to allow her to lead a French army to the besieged city of Orléans, where it achieved a momentous victory over the English and their French allies, the Burgundians. She became an enduring symbol of freedom and nationalism for the French but, at the young age of 19, was burned at the stake for some alleged crimes. She was canonized by Pope Benedict in 1920, but what she is perhaps most noted for were her reported last words. She asked a couple clergymen to bring crucifixes to her execution and as she was dying, she is reported to have said "Hold the cross so high I can see it through the flames!"
Who is someone in history whose dying words you would love to know? Someone who knew that death was imminent and had the courage to open his or her mouth?
Marie Antoinette, on her way to be executed reportedly stepped on her executioner's toe and said, “Forgive me, sir, I meant not to do it.”
Have you ever wondered what Jesus said right before he died?
Wonder no more.
When our Savior hung on the cross, He spoke 7 statements. 7 simple statements that give us incredible insight into who He was and why He came.
What you will see in our upcoming sermon series starting Sunday, "When Love Spoke", is the immense love that Jesus consistently had throughout His whole life, even up to the point of His betrayal, trial, and death on the cross.
Proverbs 17:17 says that "A friend loves at all times."
At ALL times.
Jesus is the ultimate friend of sinners and we will see that over the next few weeks as He spoke love even with His dying breaths.
Never forget that. The God-man who hung on the cross and showed His love for all around Him, loves you immensely.
What were the 7 statements of Jesus on the cross?