Contributed on Jun 5, 2012
“Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” Simon of Cyrene was. He carried the cross to Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified.
Title: A Man Passing Through the Crowd Text: “Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His cross” (Mark 15:21). Scripture Reading: Mark 15:16-32 Introduction Let me begin our ...read more
Contributed on Jun 8, 2012
We are going to study those people who were part of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem; Peter, Simon of Cyrene, and Mary Magdalene, etc. We will examine Jesus’ determination to face crucifixion, so that He can reveal God’s love for sinners.
Title: Going to Jerusalem Text: “Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). Scripture Reading: Luke 9:22-27, 51 Introduction Each year thousands of pilgrims make their way to ...read more
Contributed on Jun 12, 2012
We have all heard the story of when Peter denied that he knew Jesus. It happened when Jesus was arrested and taken to the high priest to face charges of blasphemy against God. Peter followed Jesus “from afar.” He feared that Jesus was going to be put t
The Face of Failure: Simon Peter Text: Mark 14:53-72 We have all heard the story of when Peter denied that he knew Jesus. It happened when Jesus was arrested and taken to the high priest to face charges of blasphemy against God. Peter followed Jesus “from afar.” He feared that ...read more
Contributed on Jun 13, 2012
Centurions represented the best of Roman men. They rose through the ranks to become commanders of one hundred men. Those who appear in the New Testament are presented as strong and good men. This unnamed centurion witnessed the climatic events conn
Title: The Face of Faith: The Centurion Text: Matthew 27:54 Scripture Reading: Matthew 27:45-56 (GW) 45 At noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 46 About three o'clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, ...read more
Contributed on Jun 14, 2012
“What is the gospel?” Well, Paul defined it for us. “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the
6-23-03 Title: The Face of Fear: Joseph Scripture Reading: “After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. ...read more
Contributed on Jun 15, 2012
The face of Barabbas is truly the face of good fortune. Never has a better thing happened to a man on the day of his expected crucifixion. Jesus of Nazareth probably died on the cross that was prepared for Jesus Barabbas.
4-08-03 The Face of Fortune: Barabbas Text: Now the governor's custom was to release one Jewish prisoner each year during the Passover celebration--anyone they wanted…Then Pilate released Barabbas to them. And after he had whipped Jesus, he gave him to the Roman soldiers to be taken ...read more
Contributed on Jun 16, 2012
Everything about Jesus’ death was designed to bring Him suffering and shame. His enemies crucified Him between two thieves for the purpose of humiliating Him. They wanted to present Him as a common criminal dying with His kind. But, as usual, Jesus tur
5-25-03 Title: The Face of Forgiveness: The Thief Text: (Luke 23:39-43) Scripture Reading: Luke 23:26-43 Introduction Everything about Jesus’ death was designed to bring Him suffering and shame. His enemies crucified Him between two thieves for the purpose of ...read more
Contributed on Jun 17, 2012
Only after his betrayal did Judas feel that he had played the fool. And then he considered that the only appropriate response was to end his life in suicide.
5-19-03 Title: The Face of Folly: Judas Text: “The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born” (Matthew 26:24). Scripture Reading: Matthew 26:14-16, ...read more
Contributed on Jun 18, 2012
today we want to focus our attention on John. His face beneath the cross is the face of faithfulness. A study of John’s presence at the cross will help us in the pursuit of faithfulness.
5-12-03 Title: The Face of Faithfulness: John Text: “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his ...read more