“My God, my God . . .” This is the only cry of Jesus on the cross given us by Matthew and Mark of all Jesus’ seven statements. Jesus’ Seven Words Our One Word takes a serious look at all seven of Jesus’ statements and what they mean for people of any culture. Become thrilled and have your life changed by understanding the purpose of Jesus dying on the cross. Matthew, Mark, and Luke wrote their gospels at about the same time, shortly after those crucial events took place. John wrote his gospel sometime later, and effectively “crowned” the person and purpose of the Savior. That is the sequence chosen for this study. As you read through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and then John,Author Ives sheds light on the need for the cross, the purpose of Jesus being in our midst in human form, and the depth of his love that drove him to die in our stead. May we have confidence that the Bible is the holy and perfect Word of God as the Holy Spirit guided each writer. May that confidence also extend to the Holy Spirit later directing the early church councils that assembled our Canon and presented the sequence we have today. The Holy Spirit has our attention by devoting one third of the gospels to Jesus’ Passion Week. And when your study is complete, you will say in grateful agreement with Ives and all the saints, “Hallelujah! It is finished.”
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