Summary: When we view our lives through the cross, we see ourselves the way God sees us.
“Look at the Cross”
When we view our lives through the cross, we see ourselves the way God sees us.
Sunday Morning Sermon
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)
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.