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I Thirst John 19:28

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Word #5: I thirst. John 19:28 The Soldier that gave  him a drink (Written by Liz Rodrigues and brought to life in Dramatic  Presentation  @ the Orange County Gospel Fellowship 2013)   I’m not sure what to make of that day.  I have orders and I am to follow them.  There is sign clearly posted for everyone to see; it points to the identity of this man, Jesus, King of the Jews.  I’m not a Jew but is he a King? I’m a Roman soldier; I do what I am told.    We are many; Roman soldiers upholding the law; and yes we are mocking him as well. This day is not like any other day; darkness hovers over us, we proceed with the orders given us.  The end is drawing near and I hear him call out my God, my God why have you forsaken me?  While foul remarks continue to be hurled at him; I’m not innocent, I too took my turn; He said he was thirsty so I quickly ran and gave him a drink.  There was some hesitation that I felt.  See I remembered his arrest.  That night when we arrived as the

Woman, behold your soon. John 19:26 | My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Mark 15:34

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Word #3:  Woman, behold you son.  John 19:26 Mary, the mother of Jesus :  (Written by Liz Rodrigues and brought to life in Dramatic  Presentation  @ the Orange County Gospel Fellowship 2013) My son, Jesus.  I was not prepared when the angle of the Lord came to me. I was startled! More like scared.  He said, Greetings you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.  He said  “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.     You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. I asked him, how will this be since I am a virgin.   He said  “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called   the Son of God.    It happened just like he said.   Have you ever lost someone; every last moment so precious; clinging to their every word?  He said, Women, behold your son.  Yes, John, the one he loves; we both are in pain.  The agony is more that I can desc

I assure you, today you will be with me in Paradise. Luke 23:43

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Word #2 I assure you, today you will be with me in Paradise. Luke 23:43 Criminal on the cross (Written by Liz Rodrigues and brought to life in Dramatic  Presentation  @ the Orange County Gospel Fellowship 2013) I’m nailed to a cross; the heat of the sun is beating on me. The pain is unbearable.  The spikes through my hands have ripped my tendons and sinews; my skin is ripped, my bones are crush and blood is dripping from my body.  I take breaths and they seem to be getting more and more shallow. Yes, I am screaming with every bit of energy I have left; yelling at the top of my bruised lungs.  Does God only hear the righteous? What do I have to lose?  It’s an ongoing monolog. Get us down from here.  I thought you were the Son of God. All those miracles you did.  Do you have one more—now would be a good time!  I don’t have much breath in me left.  Do you see what’s happening here? Do you hear them? The insults come from many tongues; from me, from the other thief.  I ca

Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they're doing. Luke 23:34

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SEVEN LAST WORDS OF CHRIST Word #1  Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing. Luke 23:34 Barabbas (Written by Liz Rodrigues and brought to life in Dramatic  Presentation  @ the Orange County Gospel Fellowship 2013) During the Passover it was customary for the Romans to release a prisoner.  I’m  not  a nice guy.  What were the chances that I would  ever  see light again?  I am Barabbas.  I hear my  name  being chanted.  I don’t know  why  my name is being called.  Can it be that my  time  has come?  I’m not afraid to die; I  take  life when I want too.  I am a  killer .   The crowds are moving, so I go along.  It’s him, the one who took my place.  They are hanging him on a tree, nailing him to a cross.  Through the crowds I can hear him speak.  Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.  What?   Sure  they do.   You  are going to die.  They  have  you.  They know  very well  what the outcome will be.   Father, what father? 

Seven Last Words of Christ (Introduction)

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The Witnesses from the Crowd (Written by Liz Rodrigues and brought to life in Dramatic  Presentation  @ the Orange County Gospel Fellowship 2013) Everyone remembers last words.  When a friend or a love one dies we often, replay, analyze, scrutinize and study ever phrase; at times even trying to gain comfort from those words; even as life evades those we love.  We are trying to receive something for ourselves; grab a hold of their love for us one more time.  If somehow we have captured their voice, we replay and listen to it over and over again; paying attention to every syllable. Every letter is treasured; oh and let their fragrance be detected in a room and joy springs up in our hearts. It’s no different on the day our Lord was crucified.  Emmanuel, God in the flesh; and what did we do?  We celebrated his coming into Jerusalem shouting hosanna, hosanna in the highest.  The crowd watched; stood by in awe, some in wonder and amazement, several in repentance, othe

Committed or Involved?

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For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:2b (NIV) You ever hear a statement and it causes you to reflect; to think on something totally different than what the statement was intended to mean? Today my son burst out in a joke as he was getting ready to make breakfast. My ears heard it and my heart grab a hold of it; it was piercing. As a Christian, are we committed to Christ? Is our involvement in his body, his church sufficient? In the Book of Hebrews we read that for the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame (Hebrews 12:2b). Joy for who? What part of nails piercing your skin, gasping for breath, bruised and beat until you are unrecognizable; what part of that is joy? There is a satisfaction that's fulfilled when that which you are committed to is complete. I can't say I fully understand how this marvelous plan of God fully unfolded--I just don