Summary: God did not give us Calvary to make amends for any mistake of His own in creating man. Let’s look at God’s presence in Calvary realizing it was a mission He sent His Son on that was purposed before the world was formed.

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The Cross

“A Forethought Not an Afterthought”

I. Introduction

A. The Passion of the Christ

1. The cross and Christ are getting a lot of publicity these days.

a.To the tune of 100’s of millions.

b.That’s great because salvation comes only via Calvary.

2. I’d like for us to look at the cross from another perspective.

a.What God experienced & what Calvary says about Him.

b.Christ’s sacrifice is so great; it’s easy to lose sight of God in it.

c.Sometime a main character can get lost in a story. I.e. Calvary

B. What does the cross say about God?

1. He is faithful: Old Testament prophecy was fulfilled.

a.Isa. 53: 7-9

b.Psa. 22 pierced hands and feet/parting of garments/ridicule

c.Ex. 12: 46 no broken bones

d.Zach. 12: 10 He was pierced

2. He cares about all his creation. (Isa. 49: 6 & Rom. 8: 14-15)

3. He was willing to provide the ultimate sacrifice. (John 3: 16)

C. I want us to remember that the Cross came about by design, not by accident and thereby God should be glorified eternally for it.

1. Calvary was to redeem us, not to redeem God; this doesn’t follow human logic: because HE made us, it’s His fault we failed.

a.We know better consciously, but subconsciously we process even Calvary with human logic and we lose perspective of God’s omnipotence. (Rev. 19: 6)

b.We need to stop, retrace the path to Calvary, and realize that it began with God. ~~ Reemphasize lesson title here ~~

1. We are quick to verbally attest to God’s greatness but do we truly appreciate it? A blanket statement can be passionless.

2. Most everyone will say our grandparents

love(d) us; but that statement in itself does not conger up the same appreciation as it does when we say, “I know they loved me because….” God planned Calvary. (I Pet. 1: 18-21)

3. In today’s world we are in such a hurry we don’t always plan for the future as we should. No time for forethought. Those that do are more likely to be successful things both spiritual and temporal.

a.God saw forward and made plans and that shows how much He thought of us all.

b.This helps to bring harmony to the seemingly two different ideas of predestination (Rom. 8 & Eph. 1) and free moral agency. He not only had a plan, he had one that works.

II. Body

A. God has always had the ability to see in the future.

1. God’s omnipotence did not begin at creation!

2. Rev. 13: 8 describes Christ as “the Lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world.”

a.This is evidence that God knew man would fall.

b.Other examples

1. Rom. 4: 17 knowing the nations Abraham would father before they were existent.

2. Jer. 1: 5 God says He knew Jer. before He formed him in the womb.

2. It is hard for us to understand the awesomeness of God.

a.He is bigger than any box we can imagine to put Him in.

b.Calvary proves that He was greater than death.

c.How many of us would be willing to raise a son from birth,knowing that he would be killed for the sins of others? Only God! Jo. 1: 1 tells us Jesus was at creation, not that He was formed at creation! Jo. 3: 16. God had Christ for eons longer than the 33 years we read about in scripture. Think about it!

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