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Summary: This sermon address the topic of how close one is to the cross.

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Title: Words from the Cross

Sub Title: Close to the Cross (Affection)

Text: John 19: 25- 27

“Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing”

Luke 23:34 (A word of forgiveness)

“Assuredly, I say unto you, today you will be with me in paradise”

Luke 23: 39- 43 (A word of salvation)

The words of today’s text were:

Spoken during Agony

John 19: 18, 23

Spoken during Antagonism

Matthew 27:41; Mark 15:31

Speaks of Amazing Grace John Newton, hymn writer Amazing Grace

“Once an infidel and Libertine, a servant of slavers in Africa, was, by the rich mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, preserved, restored, pardoned, and appointed to preach the faith he had long labored to destroy” -Engraved upon the tombstone of John Newton,

-Osbeck’s 101 Hymn Stories

Ephesians 2:8 1 Corinthians 6: 9- 11

John 19: 25 “stood by the cross” KJV

John 19:26 “standing by” KJV

l. THOSE WHO ARE AT A DISTANCE FROM THE CROSS.

Matthew 15:8

A. Those who are Deserters. Mark 14:27

Zechariah 13:7

John 3:19

B. Those who are in Denial. John 18: 17,25,26

Matthew 26:58 John 18:16

Romans 3:23

ll. THOSE WHO DESPISE THE CROSS.

Philippians 3:18

A. The Roman Governor (Pontius Pilate)

John 19: 1,6,19

B. The Religious Rulers John 19:21

John 1:11 Acts 1:3

C. The Roman Soldiers John 19: 23,24

Matthew 19:22 Mark 8:36

D. The Rebellious Solider John 19:32- 34

John 15:25 (Psalm 35:19) Hebrews 7:26

Isaiah 53:3

lll. THOSE WHO STAND IN DEVOTION TO THE CROSS.

A. Mary Magdalene REDEMPTION

Luke 8:2

B. Mary Salome REMEMBRANCE

Matthew 20: 20,21

C. Mary, mother of JesusREALIZATION

John 2 (attending a wedding)

John 19 (attending a death)

D. John, the Beloved RESPONSIBILTY

John 19:27

lV. THOSE WHO ACCEPT THE DUTY OF THE CROSS.

A. The Demand of Jesus. John 19:26 “Behold”

John 1:29 John 19:5

B. The Dialogue with His mother John 19:26 “Woman”

1. An Ancient title Genesis 2:22,23;

Genesis 3:15

2. An Affectionate title John 2:4

C. The Duty of John John 19:27

1. A word of Comfort

2. A word of Commitment

How close are to you the cross?


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