Summary: what will you say
Intro: there are thousands of sermons that have been preached over the years on the seven sayings from the cross. Father forgive them for they know not what they do, I thirst, My God, My God why has thou forsaken me, it is finished. But another interesting study is the voices at the cross. Today, a study of the voices at the cross will make us aware that these voices are still speaking in our world today.
VOICES AT THE CROSS
I. Voice of Religious Anger—Matthew 27:39-40, you who destroys the temple and builds it back in three days, save yourself. If we understand anything, it wasn’t the publicans and sinners that nailed Jesus to the cross, it was religion, with it’s leaders that placed Jesus Christ on the cross. Today, if we are to battle anything in our lives with all our strength, it is to guard ourselves from becoming religious.
a. religion is offended by Christ that he doesn’t honor our work as much as he honors our faith. Building things for God is never as important as letting Jesus build things in our lives. Many people will do a lot of things for Christ, that won’t submit their lives to Christ.
b. Religion is offended that Jesus rocks the boat—the next thing that caused religion to nail Jesus to the cross, is he was all about change. He did away with the old, to bring in the new. If there is anything that we hate in our lives, is change. Jesus demands change, and you will do one of two things, you will either change, or you will nail him to the cross.
c. Religion is offended that Jesus demands all---the scribes and Pharisee’s wanted to have their cake and eat it too. They wanted religious exercises that demanded performance over death to self, the flesh and the world. Jesus said, anyone who follows me, must be totally surrendered, so religion nailed him to the cross.
II. Voice of Spiritual Pride—Matthew 27:41-44 if He’s the King of Israel, He said, I am the Son of God. The Chief Priests and all the other religious leaders had become accustomed to honor, privilege, and popularity. As Jesus grew in fame and favor with God and man, envy, jealousy and stife came into the hearts of the religious leaders.
a. He took the spotlight off of these leaders, and they couldn’t handle it.
In the church you must always guard against spiritual pride entering into your spirit. If you are not careful, the church won’t be about Jesus and His honor and glory, but my honor, my position, my glory. If the Lord uses someone else in my place, I have to guard against jealousy ruining my spirit.
b. He claimed authority over them—the next area that had polluted religion was power had corrupted them. They didn’t want to submit to Jesus Christ, they said, by what authority do you do these things? We must be careful that power, position, and influence, don’t create a spiritual pride that nails Jesus to the cross.
c. Jesus made everyone equal in the kingdom—the poor, the lepers, the sinners and publicans—were all equal with Jesus Christ. Religion always separates people into categories, some always feel superior to others in any religious system. Jesus didn’t come to make us Lords, but to make us servants. Love one another, submit one to another.