ANSWERS and QUESTIONS:
Seven Last Sayings of Jesus: # 7 Luke 23:46 “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.”
The First Word from the Cross begins with Jesus addressing His Father – "Father forgive" and now it begins the last. God, the Father, had accepted the sin offering made by Jesus, as would soon be demonstrated by his resurrection from the dead. Jesus had come from his Father and to his Father he would return, but first he had to die physically. These words tell us that his life didn’t just ebb away – in fact Jesus had previously said that no one could take his life "but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father" (John 10:18). And so it was that Jesus consciously gave his life. He laid it upon the altar, just as the burnt offering of the Old Testament which had spoken of the greater sacrifice to come.
This last Word from the Cross is in fact a quotation from Psalm 31 (v.5). It was composed by David when, in some great trouble, he put his trust in his God. Jesus could identify himself with David’s affliction and anguish of soul, having been treated with utter contempt by his enemies and deserted by his friends. Like David he could still say "but I trust in you, 0 Lord, I say ’You are my God’, my times are in your hands" (14, 15). "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit." This speaks of his confidence in God, his Father. He found security in his Father’s hands and in so doing pointed the way to all who die believing. The first Christian martyr, Stephen, left this life with the same security. "Lord Jesus" he said, "receive my spirit." They have been used by countless believers in Christ ever since. This is the security that comes from knowing "him whom we have believed and are persuaded that he is able to keep that which we have committed unto Him." Yes, there is eternal security in the Cross.
Day # 2 ANSWERS
1). What was the Jewish feast which was being celebrated the week Christ was crucified?
Passover (Luke 22:1)
2). When Jesus entered Jerusalem during what is known as His Triumphal Entry, what animal was He riding on?
A young donkey (Matthew 21:1-7; Mark 11:1-7; Luke 19:28-35; John 12:12-15). In eastern tradition it was customary for a king going to war to ride a horse. Yet when the king was at peace he would ride a donkey. The symbolism is the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, was coming for purposes of peace between God and man.
3). Why is the Sunday before the resurrection called Palm Sunday?
When Jesus entered into Jerusalem at the beginning of the Passion week, the people welcomed Him as king and Messiah. They covered the road with their garments and palm fronds as a symbol of their worship and acceptance of Him as king (Matthew 21:8; Mark 11:8; Luke 19:35, 36; John 12:12, 13).
4). Which disciple cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant in an attempt to protect Jesus from being taken as a prisoner?
Peter (John 18:10)
5). What was the name of the high priest’s servant who had his ear cut off by the disciple and subsequently reattached by Jesus?
Malchus (John 18:10)
6). How many times did Peter deny Christ after the abandoned the Lord?
Three times (Luke 22:54-57; Mark 14:69, 70; Matthew 26:73-75; John 18:13-27)
7). How many pieces of silver did Judas trade the life of Jesus for?
30 (Matthew 26:15)
8). How did Judas identify Jesus to the soldiers?
8. By giving Him a kiss (Matthew 26:47-49).
9). In repentance Judas returned the money to the priests that he was given as the price of betrayal of the Lord and then did what?
9. Hanged himself (Matthew 27:3-5)
10). The priests took the money that Judas had returned to them and did what with it?
Bought the potter’s field with the money which is where strangers were buried (Matthew 27:6-8).
11). Who was surprisingly released before Pontius Pilate sentenced Jesus to death?
Barabbas (Matthew 27:15-26; Mark 15:6-15; Luke 23:18; John 18:40)
1). Where did they lay Jesus to rest after his death?
B) In a tomb
2). The word Sphragidzo means
B) The sealing of tombs
3). When the price for your forgiveness was complete, Jesus bowed His head and