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Summary: This is the 3rd sermon in the Easter Series "The Three Crosses".

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Sunday Morning April 20, 2003 Bel Aire Baptist Church

Series: The Three Crosses [Easter Series]#3

DEATH FOR SIN

Mark 15:21-47

Introduction:

1. When we think of Calvary, we only think of the cross of Christ. We must remember there were three crosses at Calvary. There are three great truths about death and sin to be seen here. On each cross was a man who died in a different way toward sin. Two of these crosses represent one of two ways in which you will choose to die in relation to sin. Two weeks ago we saw there on Calvary a cross representing every person who chooses not to come to Christ. Last week we saw there on Calvary a cross representing every person who chooses to die to sin rather than choosing to die in sin. On this Easter Sunday we will look at the man on the cross who died for sin.

2. This is the cross of Jesus Christ. He chose to die for sin. In our text this morning we are going to go to the place where Jesus Christ was crucified. There at Golgotha, we are going to focus on the people gathered around the cross. The view that the writer gives us is not the view of looking at the cross, but the view that Jesus had from the cross.

3. The amazing thing about this view from the cross is in year 2003; you can still find the same kinds of personalities that Jesus found. Let¡¦s read our text: Mark 15:21-47.

Simon of Cyrene

Then

1. Can you imagine how Simon felt? Think about it. Simon had come to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover Feast. He had traveled all the way from Cyrene, which was in North Africa.

2. Simon was coming from his lodgings outside the city and had no idea that his strange event was about to take place. As he was watching Jesus stagger under the weight of the cross, Simon suddenly was grabbed by the soldiers and forced to carry the cross.

3. I¡¦m sure he was mad about this interruption. Undoubtedly his attitude was one of unwilling involvement.

Today

1. There are many people today who are resentful that God would dare change their plans.

2. We don¡¦t want things to happen to us by surprise that don¡¦t fit into our routine.

3. We resent it when some circumstances over which we have no control suddenly changes our plans, especially if it involves pain and suffering.

Roman Soldiers

Then

1. Gathered around the food of the cross were the soldiers who had crucified Jesus. These rough Roman soldiers had crucified many people.

2. They undoubtedly had much experience in crucifixion, because when they had finished their work and Jesus was hanging from the cross, these soldiers got out a pair of dice and started a crap game at the food of the cross.

3. It seems strange to us that any man could contemplate the dying of Jesus and carry on in such a way, but here were men who were far more interested in making a buck than they were in the blood of Jesus.

Today

1. We too, in year 2003 have many people who are not at all concerned about the meaning of the death of Christ.

2. Their whole concern is focused on making a fast buck.

3. These soldiers stand forever as examples of those callous individuals who have no interest in the great story of the cross ¡V who shrug their shoulders with indifference to anybody who tries to call their attention to what was really happening at this scene.

Robbers

Then

1. Here are two men who had been arrested because of their acts of terror and violence. They were professional revolutionaries. They were angry young men, committed to the philosophy of ¡§get what you can any way that you can and it doesn¡¦t matter who is hurt in the process.¡¨

2. These two looked upon Jesus as the same kind of man. They hated Him because He was of no more help to them than they could be to Him.

3. We do know that one of these men had a change of heart. One of these robbers asked Jesus to remember him when He came into His Kingdom.

Today

1. There are still many today that even at the point of death, they are still mocking and hating Jesus Christ.

2. There are still many today who question the power of Christ.

3. There are still many today who seem to think that Jesus was no different than we are, there are also many who see the need for the Savior.

Passers-by

Then

1. In verse 29, Mark tells us that here were certain passers-by who came by the cross as Jesus was suspended on it.

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