Summary: Message about what the cross of Jesus Christ has to teach us.
The Message OF The Cross
(Tell about triumphant entry into Jerusalem – Pharisee’s final rejection and plot – Greeks wanting to see Jesus – Jesus invitation to follow him – Voice of God the Father responding - ) all pointing to the culmination of Christ’s advent on the earth – the reason for His coming – what he came to do
We pick up the story in verse 31-
John 12:31-33 “Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32“And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.” 33But He was saying this to indicate the kind of death by which He was to die
This morning as we begin the new year it is important for us to realize that the world around us needs to be confronted with the cross.
We need to make our goal as individuals and as a church to bring people to the cross because when we do that God is going to use it – God is going to use the cross to bring people – draw people to Jesus Christ – and they will be saved.
This is what I’ve heard called the “Magnetism” of the cross because it has the power to draw men to Christ.
There is a powerful message – that the world we live in must hear.
The Cross Carries The Message Of Love
In the cross of Christ we see the love of God expressed in a way that it can not be expressed in any other place.
Romans 5:8 – 11 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Important points in this passage:
- Christ died for us while we were still sinners (next verse – enemies)
- We are justified (declared not guilty) by Christ’s blood
- Saved from wrath (Christ’s anguish in the Garden ...)
(ILL) Rock Of Ages “be of sin the double cure - save from wrath and make me pure”
2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
- Reconciled to God – (lined up with – corresponding to what God created us to be)
All this was done – while we were still sinners – while we were enemies with God
Why? Because God loves us that much.
We need to bring people to the cross this year because the cross carries the message of God’s love.
The Cross Carries The Message Of Forgiveness
The greatest need we have is the need for forgiveness. We have all sinned. We have all come short of the glory of God. Sin separates us from God and each other. The problem we have is sin.
Ecclesiastes 7:20 Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and who never sins.
Jesus’ death on the cross is God’s answer to our sin.
1 Peter 2:24-25 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness: for by His wounds you were healed
25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.
On the night of Jesus’ arrest – just a few hours before he was crucified he had his last supper with his disciples
Matthew 26:27-28 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them saying, “Drink from it all of you;
28 for this is My blood of the covenant which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins,
When we observe the Lord’s Supper we affirm once again that our faith is based on Forgiveness of sins – that forgiveness is possible only because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son
The message of the cross is the message of forgiveness. Its a message that people must hear in 2005.
The Apostle Paul – recognized the importance of the cross and its message and understood that it was so important that when he came to the pagan city of Corinth that he had nothing better to say – no other message than that of the cross
1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified