Summary: A sermon remembering the greatest sacrifice of all time.
Consider The Cross
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14 Years ago this Friday our country changed forever. For those of us who lived through the terrorist attacks on September 11th 2001 our lives changed as well. We sat in awe as those plans crashed into the world trade center. As the buildings burned we witnessed people jumping from windows to their death to avoid being consumed by the raging fire. We watched in terror as those buildings fell with thousands still inside. We also witnessed the tragic attack on the U.S Pentagon.
But here were some encouraging things that happened on that day. For a little while our country came together. Blacks, whites, Hispanics, democrats, republicans, liberals, conservatives, independents, Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Muslims and even atheists... all groups were united! Countless first responders willingly gave their lives to save others. Each year we pause to remember the sacrifice of those brave men and women. This week you will see tributes this week that say "NEVER FORGET". And we will NEVER FORGET!
Each spring we set aside a few services and we remember the greatest sacrifice of all... The sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When it comes the great price that Jesus paid on Calvary's Hill... May we NEVER FORGET! The sacrifice of Jesus is not something we should just think about on Resurrection Sunday. It is not just some ordinance that we observe a few times of the year. We should live each day with the amazing sacrifice of Our Savior at the forefront of our minds. We must never forget what occurred on the Cross at Calvary.
Oswald Chambers said - "All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, all hell is terribly afraid of it, while men are the only beings who more or less ignore its meaning". In our day, some preachers rarely if ever preach about the cross. - R. G. Lee once stated - “Taking the cross out of our preaching": is like taking heat out of fire, melody out of music, numbers out of mathematics, fact out of history, mind out of metaphysics, words out of vocabularies. (Encyclopedia of Illustrations #6190).
We must always remember the glorious Cross! In our selected text Peter gives us a great reminder of the cost of our freedom. I would like to look at I Peter 2:21-25 for a little while and "Consider The Cross". These verses are in between two sections that cover how to react when we are treated unfairly. Last week we saw: How Servants Are To React When Treated Unjustly - 2:18-20. Next week we will see: How Wives Are To React When Treated Unjustly - 3:1-2. In these verses we see how to endure the suffering of injustice through the life and sacrifice of our Savior.
Peter learned the concept of Christian suffering from Jesus Himself. Notice what Jesus taught His Apostles - John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.