Summary: Jesus did not die on the Cross so that we can live a defeated life, Paul says that Jesus nailed all of that to the Cross
Nailed to the Cross
One of the things that frustrate me the most about the Christian Life, is listening to defeated
Christians. We ether have habits in our life that we seem to think that we can’t over come. Or we
have place so many added restrictions to our Christian life that it has robbed of the joy of our
salvation. I want to tell you this morning that Jesus has nailed those things to the Cross so that we
can life an abundant life in Christ.
Jesus said John 10:10 I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more
Jesus did not die on the Cross so that we can live a defeated life, Paul says in these verses I just
read that Jesus nailed all of that to the Cross
I. He nailed our sins to the Cross
(And you being dead in your trespasses and the un-circumcision of your flesh, He has made
alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses)
a. Because we were dead in our sins
Rom 6:23 Wages of sin is death
b. Because there was no change of heart
(NT talks about the circumcision of the heart)
c. Because of His love he made us alive with Him
How by forgiving us of our trespasses
II. He nailed our handwritings to the cross (v.14)
The word handwritings = something written with hand and requirements is the word
dogma which could be translated as doctrine or ordinances.
Remember that the Bible says that the Ten Commandments were wrote by the finger of God,
so we are talking about ordinances that man has written.
The Pharisees started of (I believe) as God fearing men trying to interpret the law of God so
that people could understand them.
They took the ten Commandments and made 613 laws, until it got to the point that
they could not even follow them.
Have you ever noticed how Pharisaical we have gotten some times.
We have rules on how to dress
( Jesus never wore the priestly robe of the pharisees)
What music to listen to
Who we are to talk to
(Jesus was often seen talking to prostitutes)
Places that we go
(Jesus was seen in the houses of sinners)
How we wear our hair
I had a guy tell me that there was no way I could be a preacher
because I had a gottee, I reminded him that Jesus had a beard
and His hair was probably longer than mine.
III. He nailed our cleansing on the Cross
That which was contrary to us
Our sins and our religious laws have robed us of our abundant life in Christ
Contrary = opposed, opponent, adversary, against
He has taken it out of the way
’Then the priest shall write these curses in a book,
and he shall scrape them off into the bitter water.
Talking about the process of using a mixture of fluids to remove an accusation
that has been written down so that the person can go on without speculation
When Jesus nailed it to the Cross He not only forgave our sins He removed them
IV. He nailed our triumph on the Cross
He disarmed our enemy (all principalities and powers)
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against
the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Our battles is against the principalities and powers
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor
things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to
separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
He made a public spectacle of them
In the days of the Roman empire, any time a Roman general returned home
after a successful military campaign, he was honored with a special
ceremony called s triumph. A parade was thrown in his honor, with
the general leading the way in his chariot and prisoners of war following
along behind it.
Church our General has won the battle and our sins and religious bondage is
been put on public display so that we will know that there is no reason for a defeated life.
Will you this morning acknowledge that those sins and bondage that you have been under are
defeated on the Cross. Jesus nailed them to the Cross. We must be willing to give them over to
This sermon was preached on April 8, 2001 at Frist Baptist Church of Cross City.