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But there are exceptions, he added, and went on to talk about what preceded Jesus’ death on the cross.

Jesus was on the cross for six hours, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., he said. In the first three hours, He spoke the first three statements: the word of forgiveness, the word of assurance and the word of love, the pastor said in his sermon, which was part of a series called “The Seven Greatest Words of Love.”

At noon, everything got dark, although noon to 3 p.m. are the brightest and the hottest hours of the day, said.

Pastor Rick Warren on Sunday shared with his congregation at Saddleback Church about the significance of Jesus’ fourth statement from the cross, which, the megachurch pastor said, carries His most shocking words among the seven greatest words of love He spoke.

The word “substitute” is often associated with what’s not real, and therefore we are careful with anything that’s called a substitute, Pastor Warren said as he began his message in his California church.

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