02 Dec The Crucifixion And Me
The Crucifixion And Me
Verses To Read: < Lk 23:26-49>
1. The Cross and Me.
1) The cross proves God’s greatest love.
- Satan always makes us feel that “God doesn’t love me”.
- Jesus’ most torturous suffering on cross proves His strongest love for us.
- His love drives out our fears and makes us powerful.
- When feel unloved, think about the cross.
- When feel in lack or discouraged, consider <Ro 8:32>: He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
2) The cross removes our condemnation.
- “…without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.” <Heb 9:22>
- Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. <Ro 8:34>
- Christ has atoned for us be cleansed with His blood “go and sin no more”
- Splitting of the curtain: Through Christ, our perfect mediator, we can come boldly and directly before God.
3) The cross demonstrates the wisdom and power of God.
- The Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified. <1 Co 1: 22-23>
- God placed Himself at the lowest point (death on cross), so that His ultimate miracle of resurrection can display His highest power.
- Satan is already defeated and shamed so we can have victory over him.
4) The cross and obedience.
- All problems of man come from not being obedient to God.
- Jesus showed the perfect obedience, even to the point of death.
- Our obedience can cast out the work of devil.
- Like Jesus, obey even in the face of sufferings.
- It is a terrible distortion of the gospel to teach that because Jesus suffered on our behalf, so Christians need not suffer, but can only be prosperous and comfortable. <cf. Ro 8:17; Jn 15:18-21>
- We too have our crosses to bear.
5) The cross – Our lifetime message to share.
2. Two types of responses.
1) First criminal – Unsaved.
- All men will sin. More importantly is how we react after sinning?
- More frightening than sinning is that we do not know how to “reconcile with God”.
- What is so wicked about the first criminal is that despite his sin, he displayed no brokenness, no remorse, nor humility at all.
2) Second criminal – Saved.
- Demonstrated how “the last will be first” <Mt 20:16>.
- The example of divine grace shown to the criminal prompts us to also be “think-skinned” in seeking God.
- Noteworthy words of the criminal: “we are punished justly” <v41>.
- He may have sinned, but at least he feared God and was humble, thus he was saved.
- Have we been applying the effect and power of the cross in our daily lives?
- What is it that hinders us from using the power of the cross? (e.g.: accusations, forgetfulness, disbelief, etc)
- How can we better enjoy the power and victory of Jesus’ salvation on the cross?