Summary: 1- The offense of the cross 2- The preaching of the cross 3- The priority of the cross
INTRO.- ILL.- Since 1710, the skyline of London has been dominated by the soaring dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral. On the top of the dome is a cross. So it is fair to say that for nearly 300 years there has been a cross on the roof of London! That is one way to say that Christ is above all!
ILL.- When peace was made between Argentina and Chile, they melted down the cannons of war and made a statue of Christ holding high a cross. They mounted it on the high-ranging mountains of the Andes that separate the two countries. The Christ of the Andes. In a sense, there is a cross on the roof of South America. It says that Christ is above all even though some of them don’t believe it.
ILL.- When Sir Edmund Hillary became the first person to scale Mt. Everest, he took with him to the world’s highest mountain a crucifix. He left it there among the clouds of that snowy peak. In a sense, there is a cross on the roof of the world! That is a symbolic way of saying that Christ is above all!
ILL.- I have read that the Pittsburgh, PA, airport is a very busy place and one of the best equipped in the nation. Two seconds in flying time from the airport and in direct line with one of its busiest runways is the steeple of Union Church.
The minister of that church said, “Ever since the terminal opened planes have buzzed the belfry like bees after honey. It got so bad that low-flying jets turned our Sunday evening services into sudden prayer meetings.”
The church was reluctant to have their steeple carried away by some careless pilot. So what did they do? THE CHURCH TOPPED THEIR STEEPLE WITH AN EIGHT-FOOT, NEON-LIGHTED CROSS.
The church is on the highest point near the airport and the lighted cross can be seen at night by planes all the way from the Ohio border. One of the pilots made this interesting comment regarding the lighted cross, “MOST OF US ARE USING IT AS A GUIDE TO THE FIELD.”
Brothers and sisters, the cross of Christ is also a guide for all who seek to know God. We have to go by way of the cross if we are going to find God, know God and have a relationship with Him. The way of the cross leads to God and to our eternal home in heaven.
John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Acts 4:12 “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” What name? The name of Jesus.
Jesus Christ is above all. His name is above all. His way is above all. His forgiveness is above all. His peace is above all. His salvation is above all. His salvation is eternal.
ILL.- Someone wrote these pertinent words about Christ. “Not one recognized religious leader—as Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Mohammed—ever claimed to be God. Jesus is the only person who has ever convinced a great portion of the world that He is God.
“This claim can either be true or false. If false, Jesus either knew His claims were false and He lied, or He was deluded and a lunatic.
“If Jesus knowingly lied, he was the world’s greatest hypocrite and a charlatan of the worse kind. He would also be the greatest fool, for what person would die for a lie?