President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, Ted N.C. Wilson, gives Sabbath sermon during the 2019 Annual Council.
October 12, 2019
/ Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
/ Ted N.C. Wilson
Editor’s Note: President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church gave the sermon, Saturday, October 12, 2019, during the 2019 Annual Council meeting of the Church’s Executive Committee. Below is a transcript.
Ephesians 2:8-10: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
The clouds were gathering. It was becoming very dark. Something ominous was about to happen. As it became darker and darker, people were unsettled. They were unsure as to what was going to develop next. Then, suddenly, an earthquake surprised everyone beyond their imagination. It shook so violently that sepulchers were opened and the dead were thrown out of their tombs. . . . And hanging on the cross was the One who was the LIfegiver, the One who was losing His life for you and me.
A few moments before, as Jesus hung on the cross, one of the thieves mockingly told him, “Get us off this cross, if you’re the king!” The other thief, amazingly, quieted the other one and then turned to Jesus and said, “Lord, remember me when You come into your kingdom” (Luke 23:42). And Jesus at that moment turned to that thief and said, “I say to you today, you will be with Me in paradise.” Jesus was saying, “Right now, on the cross, I’m telling you today, you will be with Me in paradise” at the appropriate time when I return to wake up all those who have died in Me.