Summary: This sermon address the topic of how close one is to the cross.
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
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
John 19: 25 “stood by the cross” KJV
John 19:26 “standing by” KJV
l. THOSE WHO ARE AT A DISTANCE FROM THE CROSS.
A. Those who are Deserters. Mark 14:27
B. Those who are in Denial. John 18: 17,25,26
ll. THOSE WHO DESPISE THE CROSS.
A. The Roman Governor (Pontius Pilate)
John 19: 1,6,19
B. The Religious Rulers John 19:21
C. The Roman Soldiers John 19: 23,24
D. The Rebellious Solider John 19:32- 34
lll. THOSE WHO STAND IN DEVOTION TO THE CROSS.
A. Mary Magdalene REDEMPTION
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
lV. THOSE WHO ACCEPT THE DUTY OF THE CROSS.
A. The Demand of Jesus. John 19:26 “Behold”
B. The Dialogue with His mother John 19:26 “Woman”
1. An Ancient title Genesis 2:22,23;
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?