Summary: If you wear a cross then that is you preference, but when we look at the cross in our church, it should serve as a reminder to us of what Jesus did for us, and again today we will learn five lessons from the cross.
A Journey to Calvary; His Passion our Deliverance
Lessons learned from the Cross
Am Service April 5th 2009
What is the most common religious symbol in the world? In our part of the world, the most common religious symbol is the cross. You see the cross on churches. You see the cross in jewelry. What does the cross mean to you?
It wasn’t always such a popular symbol. During the days of Jesus, the cross was a symbol of shame and embarrassment, a symbol of warning and terror. The Roman Empire used the cross as a means of execution. A pole would be sunk into the ground, and if you were sentenced to crucifixion, you would be fastened to a crossbar and hung onto that pole. The cross was only reserved for slaves and robbers and assassins and rebels. As a general rule, Roman citizens wouldn’t be executed on a cross, because it was too shameful of a way to die.
To the Jews if you were crucified you were considered cursed by God. Many people get confused by the cross, they don’t understand how if Jesus is who He claimed to be, meaning God in the flesh, how could he allow the shame of the cross to take place, well that is what we will learn today, we will take a fresh look at the crucifixion of Jesus, and see what we can learn from the Cross.
One thing I want to make clear as we get into this message, is that many people wear the cross, we have a cross right here in the church, many people go too far with the cross, you see if you take the cross and worship this symbol then it has become an abomination, it is an idol, I thank God for the cross, but I praise God for the person on the cross. It is not the cross that makes Jesus special – it is Jesus that makes the cross special. If you wear a cross then that is you preference, but when we look at the cross in our church, it should serve as a reminder to us of what Jesus did for us, and again today we will learn five lessons from the cross.
I. The Cross teaches us that, it was a necessary Death
Vs. 34 “Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”
We get emotional when we think about the cross and the punishment that Jesus endured, and as well we should, but we must understand that without the cross we would all be destined to hell.
It was very much a necessary death, because you and I are sinners from birth, we are all unrighteous, and we need grace and mercy from almighty God because of our sin, and by Jesus’ death on the cross, because of His perfection and righteousness God in His grace has granted us the righteousness of Christ.
It doesn’t come automatic, it must be a conscious decision to follow Christ, there must be a time in your life when you realized you sinful state, and the depravity of your soul, and you knelt before Jesus as Lord and received the forgiveness of you sins, and the salvation of your soul.