He healed for God’s honor. The Cross Means I am Dead to the World. Jesus said in John 17, “He came into the world to glorify the Father.”  In John 7, he says, “He seeks the glory if the one who sent Him.”  In John 8 he says, “I do not seek My own glory.”  In John 12, listen to these words from our Lord, verse 27 and 28, “Now my soul has become troubled, and what shall I say? What does that mean? If you exult in the hope of glory you, should be exulting in the cross of Christ. I want you to feel, but I want your feeling to be generated by a true understanding of the cross. The Son loves the Father. Acts 20 talk about us being redeemed. 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.”. The message of the cross is God’s means of salvation - … God’s holiness required wrath. It is the gospel in one verse. That may surprise you. It didn’t mean His obedience was without a struggle. He has basically talked about man’s condition in the early chapters, God’s provision through Christ. Register. all that God is for you in Christ explodes with faith, and joy, and love. He was always fulfilling all righteousness. 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? Accordingly, we have updated our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions in order to comply with GDPR. You fall from grace when you depend on your own effort to get what God has already given you. Then again in verse 8, “After saying above, ‘Sacrifices and offering and whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have not desired, not have You taken pleasure in them’ (which are offered according to the law), then He said, ‘Behold, I have come to do Your will.’  He takes away the first in order to establish the second. He died as a sacrifice because God required that. I do think that we feel emotional about the cross. It can’t be reduced to concepts and words. The Meaning of the Cross. While the phrase is commonly understood to mean acceptance of some burdensome task, the command to take up the cross is much more than a symbol of the difficulties experienced by humanity. The world has many charms and attractions which draw people toward a life that leaves God out. What the cross means to me is that Jesus died on it to forgive all our sins – now and forever! 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. 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. Listen to or download a digital audio version of one of these messages or receive them via our podcast and feed. Very occasionally, though, we will post the audio from one service and the video from another. The following sermon transcript does not match the video version of the sermon—it matches only the audio version. God is fully satisfied with the work of his Son. Normally, for a given sermon title, our website features the audio and video that were recorded during the same worship service. It was for God, primarily. Sometimes, people use this phrase … 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. Father, glorify your name.”. As his disciples, help us … The cross - it is so much more than a piece of jewelry, a work of art, or a decoration on a steeple. That is, Christ’s death then was a means of bringing sons to God, bringing sons to God. What is the death due to us for sin? 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. You can’t omit the message of the cross without totally compromising Christianity. It had no efficaciousness for any other man. The most important aspect of the cross is not about you. It is a reminder of our Savior's great love for us and our call to follow him! So even the death of Peter was to the glory of God. 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. God was transgressed. It was a submission to God. We are the beneficiaries of this. It was the death that satisfied divine justice. His names tell us how he can help us. By His wounds we are healed.”  That, of course, is borrowed from Isaiah 53. 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. He means that, for the Christian, all other boasting should also be a boasting in the cross. It is an emotion stirred in us by a clear understanding of the reality of the cross, what it really is. Sermon series The Deeper Meaning of the Cross 5 Miracles of Calvary Matthew 27:45-54 – April 19, 2019. It was not redemptive. Here is a cross on a chain that you can wear around your neck. Amen.”  In the work that Christ did, God was glorified. Paul says, “We’re bought with a price. His names tell us why we worship him. (Hold up one of the crosses.) 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. You know what this is, don't you? So when we come to this table, it isn’t just being sentimental about the fact that somebody died for us. The Spirit is in the center, of course, of that relationship. Somehow something is missing that trivializes your obedience. 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! 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. Eternal exclusion from God’s presence. Thirdly, the death of Christ was a substitution to God. Christ’s death was a sacrifice to God, a submission to God, and a substitute to God. Galatians 3:26-29 Galatians is written to a group of Christians who were straying from grace. He was God’s Lamb. Perhaps the cross is little more than a symbol to many people. In Jesus’ time the cross was a painful and gruesome form of execution. Please contact the publisher to obtain copies of this resource. All of that is bound up in the character and nature and glory of God. - I Corinthians 1:23 A. 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! And (we pray!) The death of Jesus Christ was a sacrifice for God and a submission to God. It’s easy to become sentimental about the cross. All rights reserved. Trying to practice things under the law now done away with results in two major predicaments. It's true that many people don't truly understand what the cross means. Every thought He had was for God’s honor. Paul in Romans 5 puts it this way, “Through one man’s disobedience to God – ” that being Adam, “ - the many were made sinners, even through the obedience of One to God, many will be made righteous.”  The submission of Christ to the will of God provided righteousness for us. 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. Secondly, the death of Christ was not only a sacrifice to God; it was a submission not God. In so doing, authenticating and validating the work of Christ on the cross, God provided for us justification. All glory goes to God. Your physical body uses pain to alert you to deal with an infection, otherwise you could die. It wasn’t always a popular symbol. It isn’t that. That God sent Christ to bear our sins means that God does not just shrug off our sin. The completed registration allows us to send order and donation receipts to the email address you provided. Such was the case for the sermon titled "I and the Father Are One, Part 2," the transcript of which follows below. “To alienate the affections” b. Every word He spoke was for God’s honor. I have authority to take it up again. As a disciple you follow Jesus Christ, who is the Master and by living … During the days of Jesus, the cross was a symbol of shame, embarrassment, a symbol of terror. 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. Guest. ~ Debbi The cross is a powerful reminder of the beautiful sacrifice Jesus made. The Message of the Cross Sermon is one worth reading. It would take all the sinners forever to suffer what He absorbed in those hours. He wants to forgive your sins. It was a vicarious obedience as well. And all of that leads to another wonderful reality. Everlasting hell, that’s the death, eternal death, eternal punishment. Strong Faith for Confusing Times (Habakkuk), Soul Food: Ephesians for the 21st-Century, Beyond Denial: Finding Ourselves in Peter’s Story, Frequently Asked Questions (about the Bible and life). Falling from grace does not mean to fall into sin. To enable Smart Transcript, click this icon or click anywhere in the transcript. There was never a sacrifice offered to the Sanhedrin in Israel. He took the judgment. 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. He worked for God. He didn’t die because He had sins of His own, because He did not. 1 Peter 1:18-19, “We have been redeemed.”  What does that mean? He set us free and we should always remember what He did for us. It was God who needed to be appeased in that sense. Bought. Might be we’ve exaggerated by saying so but the message of the Church is gradually being diluted to please men and not God. Help Grace to You bring important resources like this to people in your community and beyond, free of charge. chance to go there. Jesus satisfied the wrath of God, satisfied justice. We must lift up the cross because it is the only message we have. This is discussed in the New Testament with an interesting term” propitiation. His justice is satisfied.”  God demonstrates that He is satisfied by raising Christ from the dead. And it is not just a promise that will be fulfilled some unknown day far in the future – you see progress as you go. The cross stands as a silent sentinel proclaiming that you have to come God’s way – or you won’t come at all. Colossians 1:20, “He reconciled us to Himself having made peace through the blood of His cross.”  That same passage, “We were formerly alienated. The world has its fun, its entertainment, its possessions, and many other things to which people get attached. 1. He submitted to Him in all things, and it culminated in death. There are a lot of people who are. But what does the Cross really mean to you?? Incense rose to God as a symbol of prayers that were lifted up before Him. If you exult in tribulation because tribulation works hope, you should be exulting in the cross of Christ. We’re touching pretty lightly on some very profound realities, but one other thing comes to mind when we think about the sacrifice and submission of Christ and the salvation He provides. All contributions are tax-deductible. All exultation in anything else should be exultation in the cross. “But for this purpose I came to this hour. People commit horrible crimes and get off with a slap o… That gives so much more meaning to us. He died as God’s chosen substitute. We hear it all the time. “ – given for you. Even your salvation is for God. He was punished by God. Verse 33, “Oh, the depths of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! 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. Many people cling to the filthy rags of their own righteousness and then wonder why God won’t take them in. These miracles teach us the utterly unique nature of our Lord’s sacrifice. We are currently leaving in times when the original message of the Church is changing. Work of the Cross - Once-for-All The following sermon transcript does not match the video version of the sermon—it matches only the audio version. 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. “We go out to preach for the sake of the Name.”  Why is the Lord gathering redeemed people? And the sacrifice has to be offered to God. How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!”  That is Paul’s reaction to these 11 chapters of salvation theology, soteriology we call it, the theology of salvation. Yet, it is much more than a symbol and has great meaning and significance. The great theme of the entire universe is God’s glory. Romans 1 says that, “We go out to preach for the sake of the Name.”  John said the same thing in his epistles. Therefore, glorify God.”  Titus 2:14, “He redeemed us.”  1 Timothy 2:6, “He gave Christ as a ransom price paid to God to secure us.”  God does that so that we can forever praise Him and praise Him and thank Him and honor Him and worship Him and adore Him. God loves you so much He gave His Son to die for you. Jesus is the focal point of heaven and In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin you have taken no pleasure. Yet Jesus Christ satisfied the justice of God by absorbing all that punishment in three hours of darkness on a Friday afternoon in Jerusalem. He is a satisfaction. To disable, click the icon. We have a large congregation, a lot of new folks coming into our church. It was God who was disobeyed. He wants to take you to heaven. During the days of Jesus, the cross was a symbol of shame and embarrassment, a symbol of warning and terror. But is it possible for disciples to not understand the meaning of the cross? It was a sacrifice to God. He is overwhelmed. That is the benediction that Paul gives to 11 chapters of discussion on the great truth of salvation. Jesus’ days on earth are an example to us of the sacrificial life (Romans 12:1–2). God was pleased with what Christ did, and that’s why He raised Him from the dead. 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. The Torn Curtain Matthew 27:51 – April 8, 2012. It was against God that rebellion came. We live in a day of loose justice at best. Christ died for us, yes, but primarily Christ died for 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. 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