THE WORD OF SUBSTITUTION
Words from the Cross – Part 4
“At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. At about three o’clock, Jesus
cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why
have you forsaken me?’” Matthew 27:45-46 (NLT)
WHAT HAPPENED HERE?
Jesus became my ________________________
“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole
world.” 1 John 2:2 (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)
“For God took the sinless Christ and poured into Him all our sins. Then, in exchange, He poured
God’s goodness into us!” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (TLB)
WHAT DOES IT TEACH US?
1. God is _____________.
“‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.’”
Revelation 4:8 (NIV)
“Your eyes, Lord, are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong.”
Habakkuk 1:13 (NIV)
2. Sin is ______________.
“It is your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, He has turned away and
will not listen anymore.” Isaiah 59:2 (NLT)
“My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.” Psalm 38:4 (NIV)
“God is a righteous judge and always condemns the wicked.” Psalm 7:11 (TEV)
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:23 (NIV)
3. Salvation is ___________________.
“God sent Jesus to die in our place to take away our sins. We receive forgiveness through
faith in the blood of Jesus’ death.” Romans 3:25 (NCV)
“Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the
cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing.” Galatians 3:13 (NLT)
WHAT SHOULD MY RESPONSE BE?
1. I need to turn from my sin and trust Jesus to __________ ________.
“God makes people right with himself through their faith in Jesus Christ. This is true for all
who believe in Christ, because all people are the same.” Romans 3:22 (NCV)
2. I need to live in a state of _________________.
“Now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God – all because our Lord
Jesus Christ has made us friends with God.” Romans 5:11 (NLT)
3. When I’m tempted to sin, I need to remember what my sin __________
“God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it
was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of
Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NLT)
4. I need to tell others the _____________ _____________.