Summary: Every Christian should understand that everytime we sin we are in essence driving the nails into Jesus’ hands and feet because when we sin we break the heart of God.
C-entral Theme: How our sins breaks the heart of God
O-bjective: Every Christian should understand that everytime we sin we are in essence driving the nails into
Jesus’ hands and feet because when we sin we break the heart of God.
R-ationle: I: The Hammer of Selfishness
II. The Nail of Arrogance
III. The Nail of Apathy
IV. The Nail of Aggression
R-esources: Introduction: "The Cross" (pg 31 & 32 The Cross by Max Lucado c1998 Multnomah Publishers, Inc.)
Conclusion: "Why the Cross" (pg 59 The Cross by Max Lucado c1998 Multnomah Publishers, Inc.)
Props: Large Cross, Mallet or Large Hammer, 3 Large Nails
Human Video: "Feel The Nails"
E-valuation: Has potential to move people to a place of repentance of known and unknown sins.
INTRODUCTION: THE CROSS (Max Lucado)
Finally the hour came. The son went for one last visit with his Father. He met him in a garden of gnarled trees and stony soil. " Does it have to be this way?" asked the Son.
"It does," whispered the Father. "Is there no one else who can do it?"
The Father swallowed. "None but you." He looked at his Son, the Prince of Light.
"The darkness will be great." He passed his hand over the spotless face of his Son.
"The pain will be awful." Then he paused and looked at his darkened dominion. When he looked up, his eyes were moist. "But there is no other way." The Son looked into the stars as he heard the answer. "Then let it be done." Slowly the words that would kill the Son began to come from the lips of the Father.
"Hour of death, moment of sacrifice, it is your moment. Rehearsed a million times on false altars with false lambs; the moment of truth has come. Soldiers, you think you lead him? Ropes, you think you bind him? Men, you think you sentence him? He heeds not your commands. He winces no at your lashes. It is my voice he obeys. It is my condemnation He dreads. And it is your souls he saves.
"Oh, my Son, my Child. Look up into the heavens and see my face before I turn it. Hear my voice before I silence it. Would that I could save you and them. But they don’t see and they don’t hear. The living must die so that the dying can live. The time has come to kill the lamb."
"Here is the cup, my Son the cup of sorrows, the cup of sin. SLAM, HAMMER (MALLET)! Be true to your task. Let your ring be heard throughout the heavens. Lift him soldiers. Lift him high to his throne of mercy. Lift him up to his perch of death. Lift him above the people that curse his name. Now plunge the tree into the earth. Plunge it deep into the heart of humanity, deep into the strata of time past. Deep into the seeds of time future."
APPLICATION: Yes, Jesus gave his life willingly. Yes, Jesus would have given his life for just one. Because of our wrongdoing, offense, iniquity, transgressions, and sins, Jesus had to go to the cross. It was those sins that nailed him to the cross.
As Believers, Christians, Lovers of Jesus, how often do we re-crucify Jesus to the cross by saying that we love and adore him? Our actions deny him and with each sin that we voluntarily & willingly commit we drive the nails deeper through his wrist and feet and into the cross.