05 Apr

                                 “WHAT IS YOUR VIEW OF THE CROSS “

I. How do you see the cross?
A. What significance does it have for you?
B. To Paul, it marked his separation from the world – Galatians 6:14
C. It was the focus of his preaching – I Corinthians 2:2
D. It was something many could not understand – I Corinthians 1:23
II. The viewpoints of men
A. To Judas it was about money
1. Judas was a thief – John 12:4-6
2. Betraying Jesus was an opportunity to line his purse – Matthew 26:15-16
3. That it went further than he desired, wasn’t something he planned – Matthew 27:3-5
B. To the leading Jews it was about silence
1. The world was believing in Jesus and they feared losing control – John 11:48
2. The world seemed to be going after Jesus – John 12:19
3. So they plotted his death – John 11:47-53; Matthew 26:3-4
4. That it didn’t work was something they hadn’t counted on – Acts 4:15-20; 5:17-32, 40-42
C. To Pilate it was about self-preservation
1. Pilate knew Jesus was innocent – Luke 23:4
2. But he caved into pressure – John 19:12; Matthew 27:24; Mark 15:15
3. He sacrificed Jesus to save himself, but such a move would not work – John 12:25
D. To the soldiers it was sport
1. The soldiers mocked the Lord – Matthew 27:27-31; Luke 23:11
2. Some gambled for his clothes – John 19:23-24
3. That this a serious matter didn’t enter their minds at the time – Matthew 27:50-54
III. The viewpoints of God
A. To the Father it was about satisfying justice
1. Justified by Jesus’ blood – Romans 5:8-11
2. Jesus tasted death for us – Hebrews 2:9
3. He took our sins to the cross – Isaiah 53:5,11
4. He was our propitiation – he turned away God’s wrath against us – I John 4:9-10
B. To the Son it was about submission
1. He learned obedience – Hebrews 5:7-9
2. Jesus submitted to the Father’s will – Matthew 26:39, 53-54
3. He endured the cross – Hebrews 12:2
4. He humbled himself – Philippians 2:8-11
C. Unlike man, God knew what was going to result
IV. The viewpoint of the Christian
A. To each saint it was about salvation
1. Gave us redemption by his blood – Ephesians 1:7; I Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 1:5
2. It killed our sins – Romans 6:1-7
3. It purified us – Revelation 7:14
B. To the Christian it purchased a kingdom – Acts 20:28
C. To the saved it demonstrated God’s power – I Corinthians 1:18-24
V. To the lost, the message of the cross is foolishness – I Corinthians 1:18
A. Yet, we preach that message anyway – I Corinthians 1:23
B. Men of this world do not understand – I Corinthians 2:14-16
C. But in the message of the cross is the power of God – Romans 1:16
D. It is the core of all that we teach – I Corinthians 2:1-2
E. So, what does the cross mean to you?
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Posted by on April 5, 2012 in Uncategorized


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  1. evanlaar1922

    April 5, 2012 at 1:54 am

    For me it is the “I” crossed out “t” – Galatians 2:21,22


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