There are some people who think you need to sort of sit in a corner and conjure up feeling and conjure up joy and somehow conjure up even sorrow and tears, and have a full emotional bath before you engage in obedience. What an amazing reality, thank You Lord for stooping to our level in Christ and in the work that He has done that satisfies You O God. We saw in the book of Acts that the apostles were flogged the way Jesus was. No one gave God this plan. Spurgeon called it the heart of the gospel. He is in submission to God. When we come to this wonderful beloved table before us, the table that is set for us to remember the cross, I want us to look at the cross not from the perspective of what it means to us, but what it meant to God. Thinking about the cross only superficially or even personally is to think about it in a minimalistic way. What does the cross mean to you? And (we pray!) His names tell us who he is. As you may be aware, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into full effect on 25th May 2018. God was transgressed. It was the death that satisfied divine justice. It would take all the sinners forever to suffer what He absorbed in those hours. Perhaps the cross is little more than a symbol to many people. This is what God required. 1 Peter 1:18-19, “We have been redeemed.”  What does that mean? This is the emphasis in the New Testament on reconciliation. I know that may surprise you a little bit because we have literally been drowned in a sea of emphasis on the fact that Christ died for you, that God loves you, God loves you. “But for this purpose I came to this hour. That gives so much more meaning to us. John 6:51, “He gave His life for the life of the world.”  1 John 3:16, “He laid down His life for us.”  Christ took the guilt of our sins and the punishment of our sins. Amen.”, That is the doxology. God had always promised to send Jesus to suffer and die, taking the punishment that we deserve for our sins. Christ having been offered once to bear the sins of many. Please respond to confirm your registration. Yet, it is much more than a symbol and has great meaning and significance. By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”. In Jesus’ time the cross was a painful and gruesome form of execution. Christ endured that penalty for His people willingly. Peter affirms that when he says in 1 Peter 4:11, “In all things God is glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and the dominion forever and ever. That is the central message of Christianity. Let’s open the Word of God at John 14. Every offering ever offered was offered to God. all that God is for you in Christ explodes with faith, and joy, and love. But is it possible for disciples to not understand the meaning of the cross? He has literally given us the greatest treatise on the significance of soteriology and salvation on the pages of Holy Scripture. There are some people who think you need to sort of sit in a corner and conjure up feeling and conjure up joy and somehow conjure up even sorrow and tears, and have a full emotional bath before you engage in obedience. The Romans used it as a very painful way to execute criminals. And everybody said Amen, have a great thanksgiving. God’s holiness was ignored. Subscribe to the weekly sermon from Keep Believing Ministries. T he cross represents pain and most of us don’t welcome pain. Secondly, the death of Christ was not only a sacrifice to God; it was a submission not God. Peter also said in 1 Peter 3:18, “He died, the just One for the unjust.”. If we are to find endurance, encouragement, and comfort amidst the pressures, losses, and tragedies of life, man must turn to the Bible, the Word of God. Be what God says you are! It can’t be reduced to concepts and words. Primarily so that God can bring into eternal heaven into His presence a redeemed people to add to the angels, to make a great everlasting core of true worshippers, who will forever and ever and ever worship Him. Registered User He wants to redeem you. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4King James Version (KJV) 15 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye … If you ask how He could do that, it’s because He’s an infinite person, apparently with an infinite capacity to absorb judgment. All of that is bound up in the character and nature and glory of God. He was punished by God. Just as Christ was stripped of his robe before he died, even so must we be stripped of ours. Every thought He had was for God’s honor. We’ve felt those emotions and rightly so, but I’m far more concerned that you have a true understanding of the cross than anything you might feel. But in Jesus’ day, the cross represented nothing but torturous death. Verse 33, “Oh, the depths of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! We have been purchased for God. It’s “the word of the cross”: Jesus Christ came to die on the cross to pay for our sins. He did that that He might render a perfect offering to God. Long before Jesus was crucified on the cross at Calvary, He exhorted us to take up our cross daily and follow Him, which is a condition of disciple A disciple is another word for a follower of Christ, one who is learning to be like his Master. In the Bible, Jesus carried a cross that has come to be symbolic of the world’s problems. He submitted to Him in all things, and it culminated in death. But we’ll look at chapter 9 where we read starting in verse 12 about the sacrifice of Christ that Christ, verse 11, comes, “Enters a greater more perfect tabernacle not made with hands and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, he entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.”, Down in verse 26, “He would have no need to suffer since the foundation of the world, but now once at the consummation of the ages, He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. Here at Grace to You Europe we take our data protection responsibilities very seriously and, as you would expect, have undertaken a significant programme of work to ensure that we are ready for this important legislative change. During the days of Jesus, the cross was a symbol of shame and embarrassment, a symbol of warning and terror. If you exult in tribulation because tribulation works hope, you should be exulting in the cross of Christ. Here's a brief explanation why. There’s a lot of sentiment about the cross, a lot of emotion about the cross, a lot of, I suppose, artificially-induced emotion. The great theme of the entire universe is God’s glory. Why is the good news preached across the world? “To make hostile or unsympathetic” c. All these are saying that Christ died as a substitute. chance to go there. We are the beneficiaries of this. I know in a night like this we have guests and visitors. In every sense, the cross and the death of Christ was for God. His anger is propitiated. Open your Bible for a minute to Romans chapter 11, and that is the best way to understand the essence of the death of Christ, to understand that it is for God. The cross reveals the great heart of God, and that heart is filled with love. “It’s about the cross”! And if you’re not emotional about the cross, if you’re not swept away by feelings about the cross, somehow your obedience is not legitimate. This commandment I received from My Father.”  Why did Christ die? I do not intend to repeat the details of what happened on Good Friday. Any person, whether a follower of Jesus or not, will suffer frustration and pain in this life. the center of all attention. The message of the cross is the power of God - I Corinthians 1:18 B. We can see an example of this in what happened to the children of Israel in the wilderness. We are currently leaving in times when the original message of the Church is changing. It was God who was dishonored. While you’re turning to Romans chapter 11, you might remember that our Lord said to Peter in John 21:9, He said essentially to Peter, “You’re going to die. Please notice that. Service : Jesus said He “did not come to be served, but to serve and to … He can search his own brain and not come up with an adequate description. He wants to forgive your sins. And the sacrifice has to be offered to God. I’ll give you several things to think about. Everything Christ did was for God. He laid His life down so we might have freedom from sin. He loved for God. We sent you an email. And it all wraps up at the end of chapter 11. And when we remember Him, we say what He told us to say, “This is My body, which is – ” what? It was a submission to God. It was for God. You know what this is, don't you? Everyone who heard the news could hardly believe it, but they knew that if it were true, this would be the party to end all […], “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). 12. It is emotional for us to think about this. Oh yes, oh yes. “We go out to preach for the sake of the Name.”  Why is the Lord gathering redeemed people? God had determined that the penalty for sin is death. We must lift up the cross because it is the only message we have. For 11 chapters in the book of Romans, Paul has been unfolding the glories of salvation. What does that mean? Everything […], Easter comes in just six weeks. His whole life was a life of obedience. God was pleased with what Christ did, and that’s why He raised Him from the dead. “ – given for you. The Message of the Cross Sermon is one worth reading. You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. That is absolutely crucial. It was God who was disobeyed. During the days of Jesus, the cross was a symbol of shame, embarrassment, a symbol of terror. Read the latest on “The Anchor Project” and how you can be support our work. The cross stands as a silent sentinel proclaiming that you have to come God’s way – or you won’t come at all. It was for slaves, robbers, rebels, assassins. It’s not the temporal, physical aspects of His death that mattered to us. His names tell us why he came. During His public ministry, He faithfully carried out God’s plan all the way to His death on the cross. It was a sacrifice to God. That love and that desire to express that love within the Trinity results in God’s design of redemption to bring sinners out of sin and judgment into heavenly bliss so that they can praise Him forever. Peter’s death was the death of one man. Register. All sacrifices, all offerings prescribed in the Old Testament, laid out in the law of Moses, and you’re familiar with them; all of them were offered to God. If you’re looking for more sermon ideas on the cross, be sure to head over to SermonSearch.com to find 100’s of sermons on the cross to help you out! It was for God, primarily. The world has its fun, its entertainment, its possessions, and many other things to which people get attached. God’s holiness required wrath. Think about it this way, Jesus lived for God. How well it encapsulates the meaning … Again, in verse 26, “It is the sacrifice of Himself.”  Verse 28, “So Christ also having been offered once to bear the sins of many.”  There it is again. He preached for God’s honor. The cross was an ancient symbol of ornamental and religious value. You’re going to give up your life.”  And He was speaking, it says, of a martyr’s death, and He was saying to Peter, “This is the death by which you will glorify God.”. It was God who needed to be appeased in that sense. If you look at Hebrews chapter 9, Hebrews chapter 9. Why?Because this Book, God has graciously authenticated with tremendous evidence as not merely the Word of man, but as it is, the Word of God to man, God breathed, accurate, and without error. The Torn Curtain Matthew 27:51 – April 8, 2012. To disable, click the icon. We’re so profoundly grateful, but it’s not an emotion that’s stirred in us in some artificial way or by some inward contemplation. He was a substitute for God. Romans 1 says that, “We go out to preach for the sake of the Name.”  John said the same thing in his epistles. Chapter 12 starts a practical aspect of the book of Romans, but notice how it wraps up. Thus the solutions to our problems center in the cross of Christ. Then He rose again defeating sin and death! It was all Him. He saw the cross as glorifying God. Galatians 3:26-29 Galatians is written to a group of Christians who were straying from grace. The cross reveals … He said, “Anyone who does not carry his cross … You can’t omit the message of the cross without totally compromising Christianity. The world has many charms and attractions which draw people toward a life that leaves God out. Anchor is a “gospel book” that explains the Good News in a simple and persuasive manner. The Cross Means I am Dead to the World. He did what He did on the cross to provide a salvation for God that God might gather into His presence, a redeemed humanity that would forever and ever serve and honor and praise and glorify Him. A lot of people were crucified. The Fool on the Hill: What the Cross Means to the World, Our Crucified God: What the Cross Means to the Church, “One Little Word Shall Fell Him": What the Cross Meant to Satan, He Became Sin for Us: What the Cross Meant to Christ, Where Grace and Wrath Meet: What the Cross Meant to God, Forgiveness: Healing the Hurt We Never Deserved. Not only was it an offering to God obviously, but it was an act of submission to God because it was obedience to God’s requirement. These miracles teach us the utterly unique nature of our Lord’s sacrifice. “Estranged from cross” Estranged means - a. The following sermon transcript does not match the video version of the sermon—it matches only the audio version. After clicking 'Register', you will receive an email with a link to verify your account and to complete your registration. It isn’t that. I have something to show you. He is offered to bear the sins of many. God is fully satisfied with the work of his Son. Without Jesus there would be no heaven at all. In order to prepare our hearts we are going to take the five weeks leading up to Palm Sunday to focus on the cross of Christ. The Meaning of the Cross. The cross stands in judgment over the sinful pride of the human race. Enter your email address and we will send you instructions on how to reset your password. The cross - it is so much more than a piece of jewelry, a work of art, or a decoration on a steeple. Jesus satisfied the wrath of God, satisfied justice. It is unsearchable, unfathomable, and in the end, verse 36, “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. Since you’re in Hebrews, go to chapter 10 and verse 5. I have authority to take it up again. But if the death that meant nothing to anyone else could glorify God, how much more does the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, which means everything to all who believe, glorify God? The answer is "yes" according to Mark 8:22-38. That is, Christ’s death then was a means of bringing sons to God, bringing sons to God. The promises to us are amazing, God will honor us, but in the end our response to Him honoring us is to give Him glory. The Father loves the Son. He worshipped for God’s honor. In all of those cases, Christ is the propitiation. Here's a brief explanation why. Guest. This verse promises that when you suffer in your flesh, that is to say, when you take up your cross and deny the sinful thoughts that come up in you during the day, you will actually cease from sin! What the Cross Means to Me WHAT THE CROSS MEANS TO ME “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.” Romans 5:7 Here’s a good question for you to discuss over lunch today. He has basically talked about man’s condition in the early chapters, God’s provision through Christ. All rights reserved. I have authority to lay it down. They say 30,000 Jews were crucified around Palestine in that time in human history. The offerer brought an animal to the priest, but the offering was not to the priest. All contributions are tax-deductible. a. His names tell us how he can help us. Accordingly, we have updated our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions in order to comply with GDPR. You see for yourself whether the meaning is really there. Normally, for a given sermon title, our website features the audio and video that were recorded during the same worship service. The following is adapted from Mr. Graham’s message on Nov. 18, the first evening of the Crusade. “Then a voice came out of heaven, ‘I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.’  The people who stood by heard it and thought that it had thundered.”  Jesus came into the world to do the Father’s will. Some people are surprised to learn that in the beginning Christianity had no recognized symbol. A pole would be sunk into the ground, and if you were sentenced to crucifixion, you would be fastened to a crossbar and hung onto that pole. Therefore, when people carry their own crosses, they are dealing with their own burdens. John MacArthur routinely preaches a sermon more than once on the same date, during different worship services at Grace Community Church. So bad that they would not execute Roman citizens because it was so shameful. So even the death of Peter was to the glory of God. - I Corinthians 1:23 A. Acts 20 talk about us being redeemed. We are now reconciled through His death.”  Second Corinthians 5 says that. There was never a sacrifice offered to a man. Luke 12:50, He said, “I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!”  No part of our Lord’s obedience was without a struggle. Salvation is for God. Very occasionally, though, we will post the audio from one service and the video from another. 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