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CSI: Cross Scene Investigation
Week 3: Investigating the Cross
[Before the message each week, a CSI style drama was performed to examine that weeks evidence]
Last Two Weeks – Investigated the Betrayal of Judas / Learned -Betray Ourselves Investigated the Trial – Pilot’s ignored the Truth about Christ
As you Saw DRAMA – This Week we are Investigating the Cross
For Many in our Culture – the Cross has a lot of Different meanings. What does the cross mean to YOU?
Some: Cross is a Fashion Statement!! Rappers & Pop Artist - large Gold / around neck
Many may remember - Madonna told Spin magazine:
"Crucifixes are sexy because there’s a naked man on them."
Web site in INDIA is advertising Crosses (w/o Christ) popular Fashion Statement. They Claim that wearing a Cross is a universal Fashion statement – not just a Religious One
For OTHERS – Symbol of Their Religious Affiliation / Catholic or Christian
The Cross - HUGE part of our Culture / Churches / Cemeteries / Jewelry
But for MOST it’s Lost its SIGNIFICANCE. We’ve Made it PRETTY – SHINEY GOLD / Fashionable
Reality of the Cross is that is was an Implement of Torture & Death!!
FACTS Crucifixion: Invented by the Persians / Perfected by the Romans. Purpose of the Cross was to Maximize PAIN & SUFFERING / Total Humiliation
Romans Reserved the Cross – Worst Criminals / SLAVES / or those in Rebellion to Caesar
In fact – against Roman Law to use it against most of their Own Citizens / high treason
Typically – the Convicted man - cross beam strapped to Their Shoulders – carry to Place
Thrown down – SKILLED Soldier place Nail – Wrist Bones – careful to miss Artery
Once Driven – SMASH the MAIN Median Nerve / Shock Waves – Brain / Rub against nail
Arms were often tied – Hoisted in AIR to Top of Cross / SHOULDERS – Often Dislocate
Once Secured – Feet would be pulled together / Overlapped / NAILED Straight Through
THOUGH the arms were Secured / Lower body would SAG onto the Nails in the Feet
DEATH – not from Wounds, but from SUFFICATION, / To BREATH – move up & down Nails
Crucifixion was not a Very Bloody / BUT for Jesus – Horribly Bloody. Unlike Most people Crucified / Jesus was Scourged – Not Just a Whip/ Iron balls & bone. Iron would raise up DEEP Welts / Bone would then tear open those Contusions / Though a Common Punishment / Victim was Whipped to Unconsciousness – not DEATH! Often Performed by two Solders on either Side / Shoulders to the Back of the Legs
In the Story of Christ’s suffering – Pilate only Whipped Jesus to SOOTH the Crowd / Wasn’t His intension to Crucify. The Solders – Caught up in the Moment / Placed a Rob on Jesus’ beaten Back
Since he was ACCUSED of Being a KING / Place a Crown of Thorns – Head
Blood was now flowing from Open Wounds on His Back / Head / BOTH RUB – CROSS!!
Finally – Jesus’ heart finally gave out, which was Confirmed by the spear to the Side / Water & Blood
Context, the Cross is no More Fashionable – Then an Electric Chair or a Hang Man’s Noose
Not saying its wrong to wear!! There’s nothing Sexy or Fashionable about Death!!
What does the Cross mean to You?
[Video: What does the cross mean to you? / Sermon Spice]
REALITY – The Cross Contradicts Most of the Ideals we Value in our CULTURE!!
SACRIFICE for OTHERS vs. SELF PROMOTION / GIVING as opposed to GETTING /
Pain vs. Comfort / Nakness vs. Strength
To our SUCCESS Minded Culture – The Cross & the one Who Died On it – FOOLISH!!
"The teaching about the cross is foolishness to those who are lost." 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NCV)
What does the Cross Mean to You?
To those who do not understand, the cross is FOOLISH –“WASTE OF TIME!!”
Yet, Millions of People have found Comfort & Hope in It! Why – Give their lives for it?
Why is a the Symbol of Death & Pain & Suffering – Symbol of LIFE for Christians?
Jesus said “When I have been lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people toward me." John 12:32 (GW)
There’s something about the cross that BECOMES a point of CONNECTION w/ People
Something about the Cross - DRAWS People to Christ / COMPELS People to COME!
What is it? You have to EXAMINE the EVIDENCE!! Examine True Mean & Purpose!!
First thing You’ll Find when you . . . Examine The Evidence of the Cross . . .
1. You’ll Find God’s PROVISION
To Understand the Cross – WE Must Come to Understand OUR NEED!!