Live Like Jesus Died

LIVE LIKE JESUS DIED

By Carolyn Dale Newell

We hope to live with Jesus Christ as our example. We always fall short. Could we try to live like Christ died?

On the cross, Jesus spoke seven times. Let’s examine each statement and set a pattern to follow:

  • Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34 NKJV. Forgiveness: Christ died to offer us forgiveness, but do we offer forgiveness to others? Do we forgive those who have offended us? Hurt us? Forgiving people is the hardest part of a Christian’s life, but it sets us apart from the world. How can we not forgive when we have been forgiven more? If God can forgive them, why can’t we?

 

  • And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43 NKJV. Witnessing: Are we doing it? Amidst His suffering, Christ had compassion on the thief next to Him. Do we witness on our good days? Breathing was extraneous for someone during crucifixion. Imagine the strength it took to speak. Let’s obey the Great Commission and tell others about Christ.
  • When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. John 19:26-27 NKJV. Love: Do we possess the love Jesus demonstrated? While He faced great suffering, His thoughts were on His mother, Mary. He wanted John to care for Mary. Witnessing would be easier if we had more love for the lost. Are we expressing Christian love to our brothers and sisters in Christ? Are we extending love to those who are difficult to love?
  • And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Matthew 27:46 NKJV. Hatred of Sin: God hates sin, but He loves sinners. It should have been us on that cross. The holy Son of God who never sinned had to bear all the sins of Christians. Likewise, we must hate sin. Not just sin in others, but our own sin. We must strive for holiness.
  • After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” John 19:28 NKJV. Compassion: Jesus Christ was fully God, yet He was fully Man. He knows exactly how we feel. He thirsted. He was tired. He wept. Can we offer that same compassion to others, sympathizing with their feelings? Can we empathize with them rather than judge them?
  • And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Luke 23:46 NKJV. Commitment: Jesus yielded His Spirit up to God. Christians must yield our lives to God. We need to let His desires be our desires, obediently, not grudgingly. He can rule our lives better than we can.
  • So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30 NKJV. Finish Your Work: God has work for each of us to do, not that He cannot accomplish it without us. We want to appear before Christ and hear the words, “Good and faithful servant.” We want to finish well. Can we exercise our spiritual muscles and attempt to live as Christ died?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIVE LIKE JESUS DIED

By Carolyn Dale Newell

We hope to live with Jesus Christ as our example. We always fall short. Could we try to live like Christ died?

On the cross, Jesus spoke seven times. Let’s examine each statement and set a pattern to follow:

  • Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34 NKJV. Forgiveness: Christ died to offer us forgiveness, but do we offer forgiveness to others? Do we forgive those who have offended us? Hurt us? Forgiving people is the hardest part of a Christian’s life, but it sets us apart from the world. How can we not forgive when we have been forgiven more? If God can forgive them, why can’t we?

 

  • And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43 NKJV. Witnessing: Are we doing it? Amidst His suffering, Christ had compassion on the thief next to Him. Do we witness on our good days? Breathing was extraneous for someone during crucifixion. Imagine the strength it took to speak. Let’s obey the Great Commission and tell others about Christ.
  • When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. John 19:26-27 NKJV. Love: Do we possess the love Jesus demonstrated? While He faced great suffering, His thoughts were on His mother, Mary. He wanted John to care for Mary. Witnessing would be easier if we had more love for the lost. Are we expressing Christian love to our brothers and sisters in Christ? Are we extending love to those who are difficult to love?
  • And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Matthew 27:46 NKJV. Hatred of Sin: God hates sin, but He loves sinners. It should have been us on that cross. The holy Son of God who never sinned had to bear all the sins of Christians. Likewise, we must hate sin. Not just sin in others, but our own sin. We must strive for holiness.
  • After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” John 19:28 NKJV. Compassion: Jesus Christ was fully God, yet He was fully Man. He knows exactly how we feel. He thirsted. He was tired. He wept. Can we offer that same compassion to others, sympathizing with their feelings? Can we empathize with them rather than judge them?
  • And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Luke 23:46 NKJV. Commitment: Jesus yielded His Spirit up to God. Christians must yield our lives to God. We need to let His desires be our desires, obediently, not grudgingly. He can rule our lives better than we can.
  • So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30 NKJV. Finish Your Work: God has work for each of us to do, not that He cannot accomplish it without us. We want to appear before Christ and hear the words, “Good and faithful servant.” We want to finish well. Can we exercise our spiritual muscles and attempt to live as Christ died?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIVE LIKE JESUS DIED

By Carolyn Dale Newell

We hope to live with Jesus Christ as our example. We always fall short. Could we try to live like Christ died?

On the cross, Jesus spoke seven times. Let’s examine each statement and set a pattern to follow:

  • Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34 NKJV. Forgiveness: Christ died to offer us forgiveness, but do we offer forgiveness to others? Do we forgive those who have offended us? Hurt us? Forgiving people is the hardest part of a Christian’s life, but it sets us apart from the world. How can we not forgive when we have been forgiven more? If God can forgive them, why can’t we?

 

  • And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43 NKJV. Witnessing: Are we doing it? Amidst His suffering, Christ had compassion on the thief next to Him. Do we witness on our good days? Breathing was extraneous for someone during crucifixion. Imagine the strength it took to speak. Let’s obey the Great Commission and tell others about Christ.
  • When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. John 19:26-27 NKJV. Love: Do we possess the love Jesus demonstrated? While He faced great suffering, His thoughts were on His mother, Mary. He wanted John to care for Mary. Witnessing would be easier if we had more love for the lost. Are we expressing Christian love to our brothers and sisters in Christ? Are we extending love to those who are difficult to love?
  • And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Matthew 27:46 NKJV. Hatred of Sin: God hates sin, but He loves sinners. It should have been us on that cross. The holy Son of God who never sinned had to bear all the sins of Christians. Likewise, we must hate sin. Not just sin in others, but our own sin. We must strive for holiness.
  • After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” John 19:28 NKJV. Compassion: Jesus Christ was fully God, yet He was fully Man. He knows exactly how we feel. He thirsted. He was tired. He wept. Can we offer that same compassion to others, sympathizing with their feelings? Can we empathize with them rather than judge them?
  • And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Luke 23:46 NKJV. Commitment: Jesus yielded His Spirit up to God. Christians must yield our lives to God. We need to let His desires be our desires, obediently, not grudgingly. He can rule our lives better than we can.
  • So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30 NKJV. Finish Your Work: God has work for each of us to do, not that He cannot accomplish it without us. We want to appear before Christ and hear the words, “Good and faithful servant.” We want to finish well. Can we exercise our spiritual muscles and attempt to live as Christ died?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIVE LIKE JESUS DIED

By Carolyn Dale Newell

We hope to live with Jesus Christ as our example. We always fall short. Could we try to live like Christ died?

On the cross, Jesus spoke seven times. Let’s examine each statement and set a pattern to follow:

  • Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34 NKJV. Forgiveness: Christ died to offer us forgiveness, but do we offer forgiveness to others? Do we forgive those who have offended us? Hurt us? Forgiving people is the hardest part of a Christian’s life, but it sets us apart from the world. How can we not forgive when we have been forgiven more? If God can forgive them, why can’t we?

 

  • And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43 NKJV. Witnessing: Are we doing it? Amidst His suffering, Christ had compassion on the thief next to Him. Do we witness on our good days? Breathing was extraneous for someone during crucifixion. Imagine the strength it took to speak. Let’s obey the Great Commission and tell others about Christ.
  • When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. John 19:26-27 NKJV. Love: Do we possess the love Jesus demonstrated? While He faced great suffering, His thoughts were on His mother, Mary. He wanted John to care for Mary. Witnessing would be easier if we had more love for the lost. Are we expressing Christian love to our brothers and sisters in Christ? Are we extending love to those who are difficult to love?
  • And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Matthew 27:46 NKJV. Hatred of Sin: God hates sin, but He loves sinners. It should have been us on that cross. The holy Son of God who never sinned had to bear all the sins of Christians. Likewise, we must hate sin. Not just sin in others, but our own sin. We must strive for holiness.
  • After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” John 19:28 NKJV. Compassion: Jesus Christ was fully God, yet He was fully Man. He knows exactly how we feel. He thirsted. He was tired. He wept. Can we offer that same compassion to others, sympathizing with their feelings? Can we empathize with them rather than judge them?
  • And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Luke 23:46 NKJV. Commitment: Jesus yielded His Spirit up to God. Christians must yield our lives to God. We need to let His desires be our desires, obediently, not grudgingly. He can rule our lives better than we can.
  • So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30 NKJV. Finish Your Work: God has work for each of us to do, not that He cannot accomplish it without us. We want to appear before Christ and hear the words, “Good and faithful servant.” We want to finish well. Can we exercise our spiritual muscles and attempt to live as Christ died?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIVE LIKE JESUS DIED

By Carolyn Dale Newell

We hope to live with Jesus Christ as our example. We always fall short. Could we try to live like Christ died?

On the cross, Jesus spoke seven times. Let’s examine each statement and set a pattern to follow:

  • Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34 NKJV. Forgiveness: Christ died to offer us forgiveness, but do we offer forgiveness to others? Do we forgive those who have offended us? Hurt us? Forgiving people is the hardest part of a Christian’s life, but it sets us apart from the world. How can we not forgive when we have been forgiven more? If God can forgive them, why can’t we?

 

  • And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43 NKJV. Witnessing: Are we doing it? Amidst His suffering, Christ had compassion on the thief next to Him. Do we witness on our good days? Breathing was extraneous for someone during crucifixion. Imagine the strength it took to speak. Let’s obey the Great Commission and tell others about Christ.
  • When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. John 19:26-27 NKJV. Love: Do we possess the love Jesus demonstrated? While He faced great suffering, His thoughts were on His mother, Mary. He wanted John to care for Mary. Witnessing would be easier if we had more love for the lost. Are we expressing Christian love to our brothers and sisters in Christ? Are we extending love to those who are difficult to love?
  • And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Matthew 27:46 NKJV. Hatred of Sin: God hates sin, but He loves sinners. It should have been us on that cross. The holy Son of God who never sinned had to bear all the sins of Christians. Likewise, we must hate sin. Not just sin in others, but our own sin. We must strive for holiness.
  • After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” John 19:28 NKJV. Compassion: Jesus Christ was fully God, yet He was fully Man. He knows exactly how we feel. He thirsted. He was tired. He wept. Can we offer that same compassion to others, sympathizing with their feelings? Can we empathize with them rather than judge them?
  • And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Luke 23:46 NKJV. Commitment: Jesus yielded His Spirit up to God. Christians must yield our lives to God. We need to let His desires be our desires, obediently, not grudgingly. He can rule our lives better than we can.
  • So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30 NKJV. Finish Your Work: God has work for each of us to do, not that He cannot accomplish it without us. We want to appear before Christ and hear the words, “Good and faithful servant.” We want to finish well. Can we exercise our spiritual muscles and attempt to live as Christ died?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIVE LIKE JESUS DIED

By Carolyn Dale Newell

We hope to live with Jesus Christ as our example. We always fall short. Could we try to live like Christ died?

On the cross, Jesus spoke seven times. Let’s examine each statement and set a pattern to follow:

  • Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34 NKJV. Forgiveness: Christ died to offer us forgiveness, but do we offer forgiveness to others? Do we forgive those who have offended us? Hurt us? Forgiving people is the hardest part of a Christian’s life, but it sets us apart from the world. How can we not forgive when we have been forgiven more? If God can forgive them, why can’t we?

 

  • And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43 NKJV. Witnessing: Are we doing it? Amidst His suffering, Christ had compassion on the thief next to Him. Do we witness on our good days? Breathing was extraneous for someone during crucifixion. Imagine the strength it took to speak. Let’s obey the Great Commission and tell others about Christ.
  • When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. John 19:26-27 NKJV. Love: Do we possess the love Jesus demonstrated? While He faced great suffering, His thoughts were on His mother, Mary. He wanted John to care for Mary. Witnessing would be easier if we had more love for the lost. Are we expressing Christian love to our brothers and sisters in Christ? Are we extending love to those who are difficult to love?
  • And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Matthew 27:46 NKJV. Hatred of Sin: God hates sin, but He loves sinners. It should have been us on that cross. The holy Son of God who never sinned had to bear all the sins of Christians. Likewise, we must hate sin. Not just sin in others, but our own sin. We must strive for holiness.
  • After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” John 19:28 NKJV. Compassion: Jesus Christ was fully God, yet He was fully Man. He knows exactly how we feel. He thirsted. He was tired. He wept. Can we offer that same compassion to others, sympathizing with their feelings? Can we empathize with them rather than judge them?
  • And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Luke 23:46 NKJV. Commitment: Jesus yielded His Spirit up to God. Christians must yield our lives to God. We need to let His desires be our desires, obediently, not grudgingly. He can rule our lives better than we can.
  • So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30 NKJV. Finish Your Work: God has work for each of us to do, not that He cannot accomplish it without us. We want to appear before Christ and hear the words, “Good and faithful servant.” We want to finish well. Can we exercise our spiritual muscles and attempt to live as Christ died?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIVE LIKE JESUS DIED

By Carolyn Dale Newell

We hope to live with Jesus Christ as our example. We always fall short. Could we try to live like Christ died?

On the cross, Jesus spoke seven times. Let’s examine each statement and set a pattern to follow:

  • Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34 NKJV. Forgiveness: Christ died to offer us forgiveness, but do we offer forgiveness to others? Do we forgive those who have offended us? Hurt us? Forgiving people is the hardest part of a Christian’s life, but it sets us apart from the world. How can we not forgive when we have been forgiven more? If God can forgive them, why can’t we?

 

  • And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43 NKJV. Witnessing: Are we doing it? Amidst His suffering, Christ had compassion on the thief next to Him. Do we witness on our good days? Breathing was extraneous for someone during crucifixion. Imagine the strength it took to speak. Let’s obey the Great Commission and tell others about Christ.
  • When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. John 19:26-27 NKJV. Love: Do we possess the love Jesus demonstrated? While He faced great suffering, His thoughts were on His mother, Mary. He wanted John to care for Mary. Witnessing would be easier if we had more love for the lost. Are we expressing Christian love to our brothers and sisters in Christ? Are we extending love to those who are difficult to love?
  • And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Matthew 27:46 NKJV. Hatred of Sin: God hates sin, but He loves sinners. It should have been us on that cross. The holy Son of God who never sinned had to bear all the sins of Christians. Likewise, we must hate sin. Not just sin in others, but our own sin. We must strive for holiness.
  • After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” John 19:28 NKJV. Compassion: Jesus Christ was fully God, yet He was fully Man. He knows exactly how we feel. He thirsted. He was tired. He wept. Can we offer that same compassion to others, sympathizing with their feelings? Can we empathize with them rather than judge them?
  • And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Luke 23:46 NKJV. Commitment: Jesus yielded His Spirit up to God. Christians must yield our lives to God. We need to let His desires be our desires, obediently, not grudgingly. He can rule our lives better than we can.
  • So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30 NKJV. Finish Your Work: God has work for each of us to do, not that He cannot accomplish it without us. We want to appear before Christ and hear the words, “Good and faithful servant.” We want to finish well. Can we exercise our spiritual muscles and attempt to live as Christ died?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIVE LIKE JESUS DIED

By Carolyn Dale Newell

We hope to live with Jesus Christ as our example. We always fall short. Could we try to live like Christ died?

On the cross, Jesus spoke seven times. Let’s examine each statement and set a pattern to follow:

  • Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34 NKJV. Forgiveness: Christ died to offer us forgiveness, but do we offer forgiveness to others? Do we forgive those who have offended us? Hurt us? Forgiving people is the hardest part of a Christian’s life, but it sets us apart from the world. How can we not forgive when we have been forgiven more? If God can forgive them, why can’t we?

 

  • And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43 NKJV. Witnessing: Are we doing it? Amidst His suffering, Christ had compassion on the thief next to Him. Do we witness on our good days? Breathing was extraneous for someone during crucifixion. Imagine the strength it took to speak. Let’s obey the Great Commission and tell others about Christ.
  • When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. John 19:26-27 NKJV. Love: Do we possess the love Jesus demonstrated? While He faced great suffering, His thoughts were on His mother, Mary. He wanted John to care for Mary. Witnessing would be easier if we had more love for the lost. Are we expressing Christian love to our brothers and sisters in Christ? Are we extending love to those who are difficult to love?
  • And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Matthew 27:46 NKJV. Hatred of Sin: God hates sin, but He loves sinners. It should have been us on that cross. The holy Son of God who never sinned had to bear all the sins of Christians. Likewise, we must hate sin. Not just sin in others, but our own sin. We must strive for holiness.
  • After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” John 19:28 NKJV. Compassion: Jesus Christ was fully God, yet He was fully Man. He knows exactly how we feel. He thirsted. He was tired. He wept. Can we offer that same compassion to others, sympathizing with their feelings? Can we empathize with them rather than judge them?
  • And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Luke 23:46 NKJV. Commitment: Jesus yielded His Spirit up to God. Christians must yield our lives to God. We need to let His desires be our desires, obediently, not grudgingly. He can rule our lives better than we can.
  • So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30 NKJV. Finish Your Work: God has work for each of us to do, not that He cannot accomplish it without us. We want to appear before Christ and hear the words, “Good and faithful servant.” We want to finish well. Can we exercise our spiritual muscles and attempt to live as Christ died?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIVE LIKE JESUS DIED

By Carolyn Dale Newell

We hope to live with Jesus Christ as our example. We always fall short. Could we try to live like Christ died?

On the cross, Jesus spoke seven times. Let’s examine each statement and set a pattern to follow:

  • Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34 NKJV. Forgiveness: Christ died to offer us forgiveness, but do we offer forgiveness to others? Do we forgive those who have offended us? Hurt us? Forgiving people is the hardest part of a Christian’s life, but it sets us apart from the world. How can we not forgive when we have been forgiven more? If God can forgive them, why can’t we?

 

  • And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43 NKJV. Witnessing: Are we doing it? Amidst His suffering, Christ had compassion on the thief next to Him. Do we witness on our good days? Breathing was extraneous for someone during crucifixion. Imagine the strength it took to speak. Let’s obey the Great Commission and tell others about Christ.
  • When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. John 19:26-27 NKJV. Love: Do we possess the love Jesus demonstrated? While He faced great suffering, His thoughts were on His mother, Mary. He wanted John to care for Mary. Witnessing would be easier if we had more love for the lost. Are we expressing Christian love to our brothers and sisters in Christ? Are we extending love to those who are difficult to love?
  • And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Matthew 27:46 NKJV. Hatred of Sin: God hates sin, but He loves sinners. It should have been us on that cross. The holy Son of God who never sinned had to bear all the sins of Christians. Likewise, we must hate sin. Not just sin in others, but our own sin. We must strive for holiness.
  • After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” John 19:28 NKJV. Compassion: Jesus Christ was fully God, yet He was fully Man. He knows exactly how we feel. He thirsted. He was tired. He wept. Can we offer that same compassion to others, sympathizing with their feelings? Can we empathize with them rather than judge them?
  • And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Luke 23:46 NKJV. Commitment: Jesus yielded His Spirit up to God. Christians must yield our lives to God. We need to let His desires be our desires, obediently, not grudgingly. He can rule our lives better than we can.
  • So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30 NKJV. Finish Your Work: God has work for each of us to do, not that He cannot accomplish it without us. We want to appear before Christ and hear the words, “Good and faithful servant.” We want to finish well. Can we exercise our spiritual muscles and attempt to live as Christ died?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIVE LIKE JESUS DIED

By Carolyn Dale Newell

We hope to live with Jesus Christ as our example. We always fall short. Could we try to live like Christ died?

On the cross, Jesus spoke seven times. Let’s examine each statement and set a pattern to follow:

  • Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34 NKJV. Forgiveness: Christ died to offer us forgiveness, but do we offer forgiveness to others? Do we forgive those who have offended us? Hurt us? Forgiving people is the hardest part of a Christian’s life, but it sets us apart from the world. How can we not forgive when we have been forgiven more? If God can forgive them, why can’t we?

 

  • And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43 NKJV. Witnessing: Are we doing it? Amidst His suffering, Christ had compassion on the thief next to Him. Do we witness on our good days? Breathing was extraneous for someone during crucifixion. Imagine the strength it took to speak. Let’s obey the Great Commission and tell others about Christ.
  • When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. John 19:26-27 NKJV. Love: Do we possess the love Jesus demonstrated? While He faced great suffering, His thoughts were on His mother, Mary. He wanted John to care for Mary. Witnessing would be easier if we had more love for the lost. Are we expressing Christian love to our brothers and sisters in Christ? Are we extending love to those who are difficult to love?
  • And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Matthew 27:46 NKJV. Hatred of Sin: God hates sin, but He loves sinners. It should have been us on that cross. The holy Son of God who never sinned had to bear all the sins of Christians. Likewise, we must hate sin. Not just sin in others, but our own sin. We must strive for holiness.
  • After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” John 19:28 NKJV. Compassion: Jesus Christ was fully God, yet He was fully Man. He knows exactly how we feel. He thirsted. He was tired. He wept. Can we offer that same compassion to others, sympathizing with their feelings? Can we empathize with them rather than judge them?
  • And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Luke 23:46 NKJV. Commitment: Jesus yielded His Spirit up to God. Christians must yield our lives to God. We need to let His desires be our desires, obediently, not grudgingly. He can rule our lives better than we can.
  • So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30 NKJV. Finish Your Work: God has work for each of us to do, not that He cannot accomplish it without us. We want to appear before Christ and hear the words, “Good and faithful servant.” We want to finish well. Can we exercise our spiritual muscles and attempt to live as Christ died?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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