Why The Cross
The Cross, Worst Thing - Best Thing: Quote
God took the worst thing that man could do to his Son, and transformed
it into the best thing he could do for man. - Unknown
Well why did God do That? Why the Cross? Follow in the text as we discover
a few of the reasons.
1. Why the Cross? To Provide A Way of . . Peace! v
A. The Way of Peace Is Provided . . Through His Being. v 20 a &
" . . and through him to reconcile all things unto himself, .v 20 a
". . . through him, I say , whether things upon the earth, or things in the heavens. v 20 c
1. Who could have presented
Himself as the offering for sin? Only Christ!
2. Only Christ On Earth.
3. Only Christ In Heaven.
Rev 5:4-5 & 8-9 4 Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; 5 and one of the elders said to me, "Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals." 8 When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. NASU
My first Bible teacher in college was Dr. W. L. Muncy. He had been the Evangelism and
Missions Professor at Central Seminary in Kansas City before coming to Missouri Baptist
College. He told the story of preaching to a group of College students. One student was
in China a brilliant young lad who paid very close attention.
After the message this lad came up to Dr Muncy and said "you have told
us I have a sin debt
that needs to be paid and that Jesus paid it. I have been taught I should paid my own
debts." Dr Muncy asked him "what do you have to offer that is perfect." The young man
hung his head in contemplation and said "nothing."
This is the provision of Jesus a perfect being for the sacrifice for sin.
B. The Way of Peace Is Provided . . Through His Blood. v 20 b
". . . having made peace through the blood of his cross;. . . "
1. Notice the . . Past tense
of this statement.
". . . having made peace. . . "
2. Notice the . . Personalization
of this statement.
". . . through the blood of his cross;. . . "
On a hill overlooking the harbor of Macao, the Portuguese once built a massive cathedral. Several centuries ago a typhoon proved stronger than the work of man's hands, and the huge stone building fell in ruins. However, the front wall of the old cathedral still stands, with its wide steps leading to the ancient cobblestone street bordering the harbor. High on top of that jutting wall, challenging the elements down through the years, is a great bronze cross.
In 1825 Sir John Bowering sailed his ship into Hong Kong harbor and caught a glimpse of that great cross, towering about the ruins of the old Cathedral of St. Paul in Macao. Sir John was deeply moved. Retiring to the cabin of his ship, picking up a quill, he dipped it in ink and wrote these words in his journal:
In the cross of Christ I glory, Towering o'er the wrecks of time.
All the light of sacred story, Gathers 'round its head sublime.
The central message of the Bible is the cross of Jesus Christ. Every book of the Bible either points forward to the coming of Jesus, or points backward toward His work on Calvary
A large bell in Russia. To large to raise and support. It sits in as a monument. That's not what bells are made for. The cross is not about jewelry or decoration but salvation.
Why the Cross? To Provide the Possibility of Peace.
2. Why the Cross? To Provide A Way of . . Reconciliation! v 21-22 aA. Notice The Reconciled Christian's . . Past. v 21
21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death,
We Were . . "Alienated".
2. We Were. ."hostile in mind,". engaged in evil deeds,
3. We Were In . . "engaged in evil deeds,".
B. Notice The Reconciled Christian's. .Present.
v 22 a
22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death,
Reconciled. Through His Body.
2. Reconciled through His Death.
In the 1993 hit film In the Line of Fire, Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan had protected the life of the President for more than three decades, but he was haunted by the memory of what had happened thirty years before. Horrigan was a young agent assigned to President Kennedy on that fateful day in Dallas in 1963. When the assassin fired, Horrigan froze in shock.
For thirty years afterward, he wrestled with the ultimate question for a Secret Service agent: Can I take a bullet for the President? In the climax of the movie, Horrigan does what he had been unable to do earlier: he throws himself into the path of an assassin's bullet to save the chief executive. Secret Service agents are willing to do such a thing because they believe the President is so valuable to our country and the world that he is worth dying for. Obviously they would not take a bullet for just anyone.
At Calvary the situation was reversed. The President of the Universe actually took a bullet for each of us. At the Cross we see how valuable we are to God. -- DOUGLAS G. Pratt Allison Park, Pennsylvania
Made one through the death of His Son
Why the Cross? To Make Possible Reconciliation
3. Why the Cross? To Provide A Way Of . . Holiness! v 22 b
A. Holy for the . . Presentation.
". . . to present you before Him holy. . . "
this is not the activity of Man.
2. Not our personal Choices.
"God thought it.,
Jesus bought it.
The Spirit wrought it
The Word taught it.
The soul sought it.
Faith brought it.
The devil fought it. . . . BUT Because of Christ Christians Got it."
B. Holy for the . . Purity.
". . . and blameless. . . "
1. What choices of mankind can make on without blemish?
We are to be of the world but not in the world. This can be illustrated by noticing the submarine. It is in the water but not of the water. If it is on the ground (out of the water) it is of no purpose... it is not accomplishing its mission. But when it is in the water it must be insulated (not isolated) from the water. If the water ever gets into the submarine then there is cause for alarm and emergency. We must be insulated from the world but not isolated from the world. -- Wayne Sams
C. Holy for the . . Provability.
". . . and beyond reproach."
1. HIS holiness can not become REPROACHABLE
Illustration Cross Of Christ: -The Nurse Was Wrong
The British military hospital was full of badly wounded soldiers. A nurse was overheard to say to one of them, "You have no need to worry over your sins; anyone who gives his life for his country, as you have been willing to do, is all right."
The soldier smiled faintly, but shook his head and replied: "That is
a mistake! When I lay out there in the open, I knew I had done my bit.
I hadn't failed my king and country; but that didn't help me to face God.
I wasn't fit to die, and I knew it, and it has been an awful trouble to
me every day since. But when I heard a Christian lady who visited us here
pray, I saw that the Lord Jesus had been punished for all my sins, that
I might go free, and peace has come into my heart. How wonderful of Him
to die for one like me!" No works of righteousness we have done can save
us, for our righteousnesses are but as filthy rags in the sight of the
all-holy God. Let the name of Christ be all our trust. --Soldier's Evangel
Why the Cross? To Make Possible: