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Summary: When we view our lives through the cross, we see ourselves the way God sees us.

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“Look at the Cross”

Luke 23:44-49

When we view our lives through the cross, we see ourselves the way God sees us.

Sunday Morning Sermon

2.18.07

Intro:

Clip of the passion of the Christ – scene 28, after the bird and right at the dark clouds – this is where the text starts.

(Start with Title and text)

Discussion:

When I survey the wondrous cross

On which the prince of glory died,

My richest gain I count but loss

And pour contempt on all my pride.

See from His head, His hands his feet,

Sorrow and love flow mingled down;

Did e’er such love and sorrow meet

Or thorns compose to rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine

That were a present far too small

Love so amazing so divine my soul,

My life my all…

2004 Mel Gibson comes out with this movie about Christ. With the exception of a few scenes it sticks pretty close to the Biblical account – I don’t know if Jesus invented the dinner table – but we could just throw that invention in as bonus. One of the reasons this movie was so controversial was because of who it blamed for the death of Christ – The Jews killed Jesus and therefore all Jews are bad – “I hate JEWS – God loves me.”

But I think it shows clearly the reason he died –

Turn with me to our text this morning – (Advance) Luke 23:44-49 (read)

I want us to look at the cross – I want us to see our lives through the cross – because when we do that, I believe we will see ourselves and the world the same way God sees us.

I see two things about the cross this morning: (Advance)

I. Love of the cross

The Bible says that the greatest a man could love another is when he is willing to lay down his life.

a. God’s love has been demonstrated throughout history

Remember Adam and Eve in the garden – after they sinned – God could have blasted both of them right then and there – We would refer to it as “REBOOTING” – starting completely over – instead he walks with them – He asks them what they’ve done.

Israel as a nation – continued in this cycle of being close to God and far from God – He delivered them from harm and defeat many times.

Joshua Chapter 1 – MOSES died! God calls Joshua to lead his people where Moses couldn’t – God tells Joshua – “Never will I leave you never will I forsake you.” – BE Strong and brave – God gives Joshua this command that wherever he goes – he shouldn’t fear because God is right there with him.

Jonah – Doesn’t want to go to Neivah because those people can’t tell their right hand from their left. He hires 3 pirates who don’t do anything, to go the opposite direction – God sends a big fish to save Jonah because he has a purpose for him. He loved Jonah enough to work his plan through his life.

David fills the book of poetry with four wonderful words – “HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER”.

We also have countless NT records of Jesus demonstrating his love, through his kindness, through his teaching, through calling his disciples – knowing that Judas was going to betray him and he eats with him anyway – Knowing that Peter denied him, restores him anyway – knowing that Thomas doubted him, and gives him proof.


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