Grace to You

Well now we have a great privilege to open the Word of God, the greatest of privileges to hear the voice of God as He has spoken on the pages of holy Scripture. The text this morning is Luke 23...Luke chapter 23. And we are, of course, at the cross of Christ. In going through this gospel of Luke, we have journeyed with the historian Luke from the first introduction of Zecharias and Elizabeth and promised birth of the forerunner to the Messiah, John the Baptist, through the birth of the Lord Jesus Himself. We have sung with Mary the praise that a Redeemer has been born. We have seen Him grow and minister and gone with Him through all His trials and all His triumphs. And we now find ourselves with Him standing, as it were, at the foot of Calvary and taking in the stunning reality of the crucifixion of Christ.

Let me read for you, beginning in verse 32 down through verse 39, which is a passage that I referred to in our last message and we'll look at more deeply this morning. "And two others also who were criminals were being led away to be put to death with Him. And when they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. But Jesus was saying, 'Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.' And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. And the people stood by looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, 'He saved others, let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His chosen One.' And the soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him offering Him sour wine and saying, 'If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.' Now there was also an inscription above Him, 'This is the King of the Jews.' And one of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, 'Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us.'"...

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry...

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