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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

A Cry for Pardon #2 of 3

March 8, 2010
On the cross, Jesus spoke seven times, and last words are important words. Today we'll hear "A Cry for Pardon." Under extreme duress, Jesus asks God to forgive His enemies. Ponder this question: how would you fare in similar circumstances? Today, more lessons from the heart of our dying Savior.

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"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." While dying, Jesus asks God to pardon His enemies. Extending forgiveness to someone who offends you is one thing. But forgiving your executioners is far different. Here the Son of God exhibits the heart of God in stark clarity. Can any of us comprehend this kind of compassion?
March 5, 2010
Hidden in the counsels of God are all the reasons why He sent Jesus to the cross. Christ's wounds paid a great debt, and the Bible associates those wounds with our healing in Isaiah chapter 53. Seeing such love, we stand in reverence, wonder, and worship. We long to know how we can rightly respond to a God who would go so far to restore us to Himself.
March 4, 2010
Jesus suffered untold pain on the cross. His blood flowed for you and me, from wounds bearing witness of love. His wounds and His death marked the bill of sin "paid in full" for all who would believe and receive His forgiveness. No event before or since is as crucial for the human race as those six hours on a Roman cross under a darkened sky.
March 3, 2010
Isaiah declared, "He was wounded for our transgressions..." Indeed, Jesus was mortally wounded on the cross. The Bible reveals this truth: although these wounds were inflicted by Roman soldiers and approved by Jewish leaders, in actual fact God Himself was the One behind the crucifixion of His own Son.
March 2, 2010
The cross of Christ is history's central event. That amazing sacrifice is what makes salvation possible. We will never plumb the depths of God's love as shown on that fateful day. But we must come to grips with what happened on that cross. Let's begin by listening to the seven cries Jesus uttered before giving up His spirit.
March 1, 2010
The Apostle Paul said that Jesus was "declared to be the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead." If we trust Christ for salvation, that empty tomb in Jerusalem is a promise that the tombs you and I shall occupy will one day be empty as well. Death is the last enemy to be destroyed, and the resurrection of Jesus is proof that the grave is not our final home.
February 26, 2010
Every day the newspapers carry fresh obituaries...reminding us that one day our names will appear there as well. Death is everyone's unavoidable fate, the legacy of the first sin committed by Adam and Eve, but believers cling to the promise of Jesus, "I am the resurrection and the life, he that believes in me, though he may die, he shall live."
February 25, 2010
Self-determination is thought of as a great American distinctive. We're free to pursue our dreams, wherever they may lead. But believers' dreams must pass through God's hands. Jesus faced untold agony in a place called Gethsemane. Knowing what awaited Him, and praying until blood drops hit the ground, He finally said to His Father, "Not my will, but Thine be done."
February 24, 2010
It is still a peaceful setting, as pilgrims meditate on the great transaction that took place in this ancient garden. Gethsemane lies on the Mount of Olives facing the Old City of Jerusalem. Here, Jesus spent a night in agonized prayer before being nailed to a cross outside the city wall. His task was to drink the cup of suffering for you and for me. What does this mean?
February 23, 2010
For some reason, many Christians believe their walk of faith should take them toward happiness, fulfillment, and prosperity. But the real legacy we inherit from our Master includes suffering. To walk where Jesus walked means walking with Him in Gethsemane. Here a decision was reached that made salvation possible for billions of believers yet to be born.
February 22, 2010
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In a hyper-sexualized culture, sex is either reduced to pleasure-seeking or conflated with our identity. But God designed us as sexual beings for emotional and spiritual intimacy whose highest calling is to worship Him. In this revised edition, Pastor Erwin Lutzer draws on forty years of ministry experience to present a rationale for sexual purity. He gives an honest answer to the sexual pressures we face like extramarital relationships, self-gratification, same-sex attraction, and more. As desire-driven creatures, we don't have to pursue happiness at the expense of character. With our identity grounded in Christ, we can live victoriously with our passions. Click below to receive this book for a gift of any amount or call Moody Church Media at 1.800.215.5001.

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Running the race of life is hard. But with the Bible front and center and a heart to encourage, Pastor Erwin Lutzer presents clear Bible teaching, helping you make it across the finish line. Since 2011, this 25-minute program has provided a Godward focus and features listeners’ questions.

About Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years (1980-2016). He earned a B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law (Now Trinity Law School).

A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on two radio programs: Running to Win—a daily Bible-teaching broadcast and Songs in the Night—an evening program that’s been airing since 1943. Running To Win broadcasts on a thousand outlets in the U.S. and across more than fifty countries in seven languages. His speaking engagements include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally, including Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, and Japan. He has led tours to Israel and to the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

Pastor Lutzer is also a prolific author of over seventy books, including the bestselling We Will Not Be Silenced, One Minute After You Die, and the Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross. Pastor Lutzer and Rebecca live in the Chicago area and have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Connect with Pastor Lutzer on X (@ErwinLutzer) or moodymedia.org.

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