Summary: The sufferings of the cross paid for a better way for us. Jesus had joy in providing a better way. He is the Way, Truth and the Life!
THE BEST WAY IS ALWAYS GOD’S WAY!
In this sermon outline we point out how that the sufferings of the cross paid for a better way for us. Jesus had joy in providing a better way. He is the Way, Truth and the Life!
Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Heb 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
I. How can you find joy in cross?
A. Jesus looked to and saw the past.
Heb 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
1. He saw all the saints who died in the past holding on to the faith and looking to the future.
2. He saw those like Abel who met God’s Standard.
3. God has standards today. His Word is unchanging.
4. Men change but God remains unchanging.
B. He could see into the past on that day that He was faced with the Cross-and all it’s suffering those who kept His testimony.
Heb 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated
him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
1. We want more than any thing to hear "Well Done"
Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
a. We are warned may times in the Word.
b. We can see the anti-Christ forces. Are we moving?
Heb 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
1. They obeyed. We too must obey God.
II. He saw all those the died in the faith that day He faced the Cross
Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Heb 11:32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson,
and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Heb 11:33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought
righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions
Heb 11:34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Heb 11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance;