“Seven Last Words” Sermon Series


Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. ~ Isaiah 53:12

This Lenten season, I’ll be preaching a sermon series on the “Seven Last Words,” starting this Lord’s Day, March 4, 2012. Here’s the schedule:

Date Title Text Old Testament Readings
March 4, 2012 “Father, Forgive Them” Luke 23:34 a Psalm 22:16-18; Isaiah 53:12; Luke 23:26-49
March 11, 2012 “Today, You Will be With Me in Paradise” Luke 23:39-43 Psalm 22:6-8, 16-18; Isaiah 53:12; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
March 18, 2012 “Behold Your Son… Behold Your Mother!” John 19:16-27 Deuteronomy 21:18-21; Psalm 69:1-12
March 25, 2012 “Why Have You Forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:26-46 Psalm 22:1-18
April 1, 2012 “I Thirst”: The Three Cups of Christ John 19:16-18, 28-29 Psalm 69:21, 22:15; Proverbs 31:6
April 6, 2012 (Good Friday) “It is Finished” John 19:30, 36-37 Exodus 12:43-49; Numbers 20:11
April 8, 2012 “Into Thy Hands… And on the Third Day be Raised” Luke 23:44-46, 9:22 Psalm 31:1-5


"View from the Cross" by James Tissot, 1886-94 (click to enlarge)

"View from the Cross" by James Tissot, 1886-94 (click to enlarge)

This work is also known as “What Our Lord Saw from the Cross”.A motley crew has gathered round the recently crucified Christ. At his feet, we see a woman, probably Mary Magdalene. In the middle of a group of women, a possible two more Mary’s: Mary, mother of Christ and Mary, mother of Jacob the Younger. The man to their left could be John the Evangelist.

Some Roman soldiers are looking on, including possibly a centurion – the man clad in red. He has a downcast look. After Jesus breathes his last, Luke has him acclaim: ‘This man was truly just’.

The men on horseback are Jewish scribes. They seem satisfied with the situation – after all, they were the ones who had pressed Pilate into having their rival crucified.

In the background, Tissot has painted a tomb where the body is to be deposited the same night. The pots in the foreground may contain edik (vinegar) that some joker offered Christ for water.

Tissot traveled to the Middle East in 1885, 1889 and 1896 to further his knowledge of the landscape, architecture and clothes and habits of the people, to illustrate the New Testament as truthfully as he could. The project resulted in 350 gouaches that were shown for the first time in Paris in 1894. All gouaches, including this one, are now in possession of the Brooklyn Museum (from Art and the Bible).

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