When I was growing up in the Black Baptist Church, Thursday and Friday before Easter, we would have a church service called “The Last Seven Words.” Seven prominent Black Pastors would gather and each would preach on one of the last seven sayings of Christ. That is a fond childhood memory.
As I read those last seven sayings today, I see the perfect love of God demonstrated.
“Forgive them.” Love does not keep record of wrong.
“Today, you will be with me in paradise.” Love is kind.
“Woman, behold thy son.” Love provides.
“Why hast thou forsaken me?” Love bears the pain of others.
“I thirst.” Love endures all things.
“It is finished!” Love completes what it began.
“Father into thy hands, I commit my Spirit.” Love demonstrates Hope in dying.
Jesus was sent because God Loved. Jesus endured the cross because He loved. The Holy Spirit resides in us to teach us how to love.
This Holy Week, let’s focus on love – loving God, receiving God’s love, and loving people.
Join me each morning this week on Facebook Live @9:00 am for a 15 minute devotion on the last seven sayings of Christ. Unfortunately I will not be as animated as the Black Pastors I grew up watching, but I won’t be as long either. Nonetheless, you will be blessed and hopefully fall more in love with Jesus.
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