“Experiencing the Passion of Christ”

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                       Lesson 8 – Compassion to the End – 5th April 2009

Jesus’ famous words, “Father, forgive them…” ring into our ears two thousand years later. In
this lesson we will discover that Jesus’ compassion is truly an extraordinary truth for us to
behold. Those first words were a plea for mercy on behalf of His tormentors.

But Jesus didn’t just utter these words out of a vacuum, as always He uttered them as a
fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 53:12 in intercession. But this is not all, Romans 8:34 tells
us what Christ is presently doing, what is it?

What does Hebrews 7:25 say about Jesus’ current intercessory prayers?

What did Paul say about the men responsible for putting Christ to death in 1 Corinthians 2:8?

Look at the following verses and see how God’s mercy is described in them…
Nehemiah 9:17
Psalm 62:12 Joel 2:13
Hebrews 2:17

Forgiveness is ours because of Christ’s sacrifice upon the Cross. But, according to the
following verses, what does the Bible tell us about forgiveness?
Psalm 86:5
Luke 7:42
Jeremiah 31:34

Look at the interchange as the three hung upon their crosses:

What was the repentant thief’s rebuke in Luke 23:40-41?
What did he then request of Jesus in Luke 23:42?
What was the earth shattering reply in Luke 23:43?

It is quite clear that our justification comes by faith in our Lord. How does Romans 3:28
describe this?

The pain of watching Jesus die must have been agonizing for His mother, but 33 years earlier,
who said that this will come, Luke 2:34-35?

Jesus bore the brunt of God’s wrath so that we wouldn’t have to. How does Paul describe Jesus
in 1 Thessalonians 1:10?

Jesus called out, “it is finished,” because what was need to be accomplished was now done.
According to John 4:34, what did Jesus say that He lived to do?

What is one of Jesus’ titles, found in Hebrews 12:2?

What familiar words of Christ are found in John 15:13?

Summary statements

      Even at the very height of His agony, compassion was what filled His heart.
      As the hours of agony passed on the Cross, one of the two thieves who had originally
       mocked Him had a change of heart.
      Even though He was in anguish, Jesus selflessly turned aside to care for the needs of
       those around Him.
      The Father poured out the full measure of His wrath upon His Son.
      As the end neared, Christ uttered a final plea for physical relief.
      Christ’s atoning work was finished; redemption for sinners was complete; and He was
      It seemed to all who loved Him like a supreme tragedy, but it was the greatest moment
       of victory in the history of redemption.


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