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THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS IS FOOLISHNESS TO THOSE WHO ARE PERISHING….

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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One response to “THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS IS FOOLISHNESS TO THOSE WHO ARE PERISHING….

  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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