Presentation on theme: "The Crucifixion of Christ… …is at the core of the plan of salvation! The Son of God was nailed to the cross. He died on that cross as a man. He paid the."— Presentation transcript:
The Crucifixion of Christ… …is at the core of the plan of salvation! The Son of God was nailed to the cross. He died on that cross as a man. He paid the price for our sins. His death allowed us to be reconciled to God.
The Crucifixion of Christ… …has an even deeper meaning for the Christian. Jesus taught that His followers must take up their own cross and follow Him (Matt. 16:24)
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”
“ I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. ”
“ knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. ”
The Illustration… Christ died on the cross. When we become a Christian, we put the old man of sin to death on the cross with Jesus. Once we have died, we rise with Jesus to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).
The Lesson… While our old man is hanging on the cross, let us hear what Jesus says…literally. Let’s hear the seven messages of Jesus from the cross and apply them to the illustrations of the old man dying and the new man emerging.
“It Is Finished” These were the final words of Jesus at the end of His journey. He had completed His mission. He had become sin for us, and bore the consequences of sin for us. He was the innocent Lamb of God.
But Who Else Is On The Cross? The old man of sin. The old man that was crucified with Him. The old man of sin should repeat the same words: – “It is finished” – “My life of sin is dead – it’s over” – “The body of sin is done away with” (Romans 6:6) – “We are no longer slaves of sin”
“I Thirst” We often forget that this is a fulfillment of prophecy (Psalm 69:21 – “And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.”). This shows the humanity of Christ. This also shows the deity of Christ through the fulfillment of all prophecies – even one that might seem (to us) insignificant.
“I Thirst” But listen again to what Jesus says… “I thirst” – and apply it to the one who would follow after Him! Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled” This points to our desire for God and His word!
“I Thirst” When we become a Christian, our focus and desire should change to spiritual concerns. Revelation 21:6 – “And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.” Who will receive the water of life? – The one who thirsts – The one who has the right attitude and the right focus – Can you survive without the living water?
“Woman, Behold Your Son…Behold Your Mother!” John 19:26-27
“Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold your son!’ 27 Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!’ And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.”
“Woman, Behold Your Son…Behold Your Mother!” Listen to the words again from the perspective of the old man who is hanging on the cross with Jesus. Do you remember what Jesus had said previously about His family? Luke 8:20-21 Luke 12:53
“And it was told Him by some, who said, ‘Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.’ 21 But He answered and said to them, ‘My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.’” “Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
“Woman, Behold Your Son…Behold Your Mother!” Families will be divided because of the old man hanging on the cross with Christ. But when we become a Christian, we gain a new family. When we come down from the cross, we are born anew. Not convinced? Read Acts 2 and the start of the early church!
“Woman, Behold Your Son…Behold Your Mother!” Families will be divided because of the old man hanging on the cross with Christ. But when we become a Christian, we gain a new family. When we come down from the cross, we are born anew. Do you take advantage of the benefits of the Christian family?
“Father, Forgive Them, For They Do Not Know What They Do” Luke 23:34
“Father, Forgive Them…” This is one of the most remarkable messages we hear Jesus say. Luke 23:33 – “And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.” Then, Jesus asks God to forgive them.
“Father, Forgive Them…” What a remarkable Savior we have! Even in death, His humility, love, and merciful nature are manifested. Can you imagine having the same type attitude if those things were done to you?
“Father, Forgive Them…” Listen again to Jesus’ words on the cross. When we rise to walk in newness of life, what type of spirit should we display? Matthew 6:14-15
“ For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. ”
“Father, Forgive Them…” Listen again to Jesus’ words on the cross. When we rise to walk in newness of life, what type of spirit should we display? If we want God to forgive us, we had better be ready to forgive others!
“Father, Forgive Them…” But remember…it’s not just about forgiveness! In His life and especially in His death, he showed us a different way to live. Remember the “Beatitudes”…
“Blessed are the… -”poor in spirit” -”meek” -”merciful” -”pure in heart” -”peacemakers”
“Father, Forgive Them…” Does our righteousness exceed that of the world’s? Are we different from the world? Have we truly been crucified with Christ? Next week… – “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” – “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” – “Father, in Your hands I commend My spirit.”