The Word of Forgiveness

The Word of Forgiveness


Words from the Cross – Part 1

“Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. Finally, they came to a place called The Skull [or Golgotha]. All three were crucified there – Jesus on the center cross, and the two criminals on either side. Then Jesus said, ‘FATHER FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING.’ And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. As the crowd stood watching, the leaders laughed and scoffed at Jesus ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘let him save himself if he really is God’s Chosen One, the Messiah.’ The soldiers mocked him, too, and offered him a drink of sour wine. They called out to him, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!’” Luke 23:32-37 (NLT)

“When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when He suffered, he made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.” 1 Peter 2:23 (NIV)

1. The Word of Forgiveness is the fulfillment of ________________________.

“For He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” Isaiah 53:12b (NIV)

2. The Word of Forgiveness illustrates the _______________ of the human heart.

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Acts 3:19 (NIV)

3. The Word of Forgiveness illustrates the _______________ of our need.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 (NIV)

4. The Word of Forgiveness verified the __________________ of Jesus.

“Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” Matthew 9:2b (NIV)

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

5. The Word of Forgiveness demonstrates the _________________ of divine love.

“Then he fell on his knees and cried out, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’” Acts 7:60 (NIV)

“Greater love has no one than this, that He lay His life down for His friends.” John 15:13 (KJV)

How God Forgives

 He forgives ____________________.

“God is merciful and quick to forgive.” Isaiah 55:7 (GNT)

He forgives ____________________.

“He [Jesus] has forgiven all your sins. He has utterly wiped out the damning evidence of broken laws and commandments which always hung over our heads and has completely annulled it by nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2:13-14 (PHILLIPS)

He forgives ____________________.

“And so He [Christ] is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through Him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.” Hebrews 7:25 (NIV)

He forgives ____________________.

“For by the sacrificial death of Christ on the cross, we are set free. That is, our sins are forgiven. How great is the grace of God?” Ephesians 1:7 (GNT)

It’s Your Move

1. Have _________ been forgiven?

2. Have you forgiven _______________?

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)