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Summary: A SERMON ON THE CROSS

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I WILL GLORY IN THE CROSS

GALATIANS 6:14 - BUT GOD FORBID THAT I SHOULD GLORY OR BOAST, SAVE IN THE CROSS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, BY WHOM THE WORLD IS CRUCIFIED UNTO ME, AND I UNTO THE WORLD.

PAUL HAD MUCH THAT HE COULD HAVE BOASTED ABOUT.

HE WAS THE CHURCH'S GREATEST PREACHER, THE GREATEST MISSIONARY, THE GREATEST THEOLOGIAN, HE WROTE MORE BOOKS THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE BIBLE, ALMOST ONE-HALF OF THE NEW TESTAMENT. --- HE WAS A FULL-BLOODED JEW. HE WAS OF THE TRIBE OF BENJAMIN. HE HAD BEEN SELECTED AS A PHARISEE. HE WAS, TO PUT IT BLUNTLY, A BIG COG IN THE SYNAGOGUE.

YET PAUL SAID, I GLORY, I BOAST, I BRAG ON ONE THING - THE CROSS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND NOT JUST THE CROSS --- BUT THE CROSS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST!

PAUL’S PRIDE WAS THE CROSS OF CHRIST.

PAUL'S PREACHING WAS THE CROSS OF CHRIST.

PAUL'S PRAISE WAS THE CROSS OF CHRIST.

IN PAUL’S DAY THE CROSS WAS NOTHING TO BRAG ABOUT --- GALATIANS 3:13 – CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE. --- IT WAS AN INSTRUMENT OF DEATH. CRUCIFIXION ON A CROSS WAS ONE OF THE CRUELEST FORMS OF EXECUTION EVER DEVISED BY MAN.

TODAY WE HAVE TURNED THE CROSS INTO A PIECE OF GOLD JEWELRY THAT WE WEAR AROUND OUR NECKS --- YOU MENTION THE CROSS TODAY YOU THINK OF A JEWELER. BUT IF YOU MENTIONED THE CROSS IN PAUL'S DAY IT WAS AN INSTRUMENT OF DEATH.

IN MODERN PULPITS ACROSS AMERICA IT IS BEEN SAID THAT MAN'S PROBLEM IS A LACK OF SELF ESTEEM, AND WHAT HE NEEDS IS POSITIVE THINKING.

OR MAN'S PROBLEM IS IGNORANCE, AND WHAT HE NEEDS IS EDUCATION.

OR MAN'S PROBLEM IS POVERTY, AND WHAT HE NEEDS IS MONEY.

OR MAN'S PROBLEM IS ENVIRONMENT, AND WHAT HE NEEDS IS EQUAL OPPORTUNITY.

THE BIBLE SAYS HIS PROBLEM IS SIN, AND WHAT HE NEEDS IS THE CROSS, THE CROSS OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

WE NEED TO GET THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS BACK INTO THE PULPITS OF AMERICA

I CORINTHIANS 1:18 - FOR THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS IS TO THEM THAT PERISH FOOLISHNESS; BUT UNTO US WHICH ARE SAVED IT IS THE POWER OF GOD.

YES, AS PAUL WE NEED TO GLORY IN THE CROSS --- WE NEED TO PREACH THE CROSS!

1. WE ARE TO GLORY IN THE PERSON OF THE CROSS

IT IS NOT THE CROSS THAT MAKES CHRIST SPECIAL. IT IS CHRIST THAT MAKES THE CROSS SPECIAL!

A CHRISTIAN PROFESSOR WAS LECTURING IN A CHRISTIAN COLLEGE ONE DAY AND A YOUNG JEWISH MAN ASKED, WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT JESUS CHRIST? --- WHAT DID JESUS CHRIST DO THAT WAS SO SPECIAL? --- THE PROFESSOR REPLIED, SON, I TAKE IT THAT YOU KNOW A LOT ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS, AND YOU KNOW THAT HEROD AND PILATE AND THE OLD ROMAN EMPERORS CRUCIFIED SOME 30,000 YOUNG JEWS. THE YOUNG MAN SAID THAT IS CORRECT. --- WELL, I'M GOING TO NAME ONE OF THOSE JEWS AND YOU NAME ANOTHER. I NAME JESUS CHRIST. --- NOW, YOU NAME JUST ONE MORE OF THE 30,000 WHOM THEY CRUCIFIED. WELL, I DON'T KNOW THE NAME OF ANOTHER ONE." DO YOU KNOW WHY HE COULDN'T CALL THE NAME OF ONE OUT OF 30,000? WHY DO WE REMEMBER ONE NAME WHEN WE CAN'T REMEMBER THE OTHER 29,999?

BECAUSE JESUS IS THE ONLY ONE WHO DIED FOR OUR SINS AND WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD.

YOU SEE, JESUS TURNED THE CROSS FROM A SYMBOL OF GUILT INTO A SYMBOL OF GLORY, FROM A BEAM OF EXECUTION INTO A BALM OF SALVATION.


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