Standing in your place
Apr 16, 2017
The Resurrection was required for eternal life
Apr 16, 2017
The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
When the Apostle Paul went to the city of Corinth, he went with one message on his mind, "The Cross". He later wrote back to the church and revealed to them "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified." 1 Cor. 2:2 Why was the apostle Paul so preoccupied with the message of Jesus' crucifixion? Why did he dwell on the part of the gospel that seems so gruesome? I believe Paul knew that the preaching of the cross revealed some important things; it motivated some vital thoughts to transpire in the minds of the hearers.
- It Revealed The Humanity and the Deity of Jesus Christ. Luke 22:39-46 Shows Jesus crying in the Garden of Gethsemane. He was grieved, in pain, torn, and emotionally stressed over what He knew was ahead for him. On the cross He hung naked and bruised, appearing defeated and very human. Yet in the midst of all this He cried "Father forgive them for they know not what they do", and He gave eternal life to the thief hanging next to him. Only God could do that.
- It Revealed the Depravity and ignorance of men. The Apostle Peter told a crowd in Jerusalem that their "wicked hands" had "killed the Prince of Life". The injustice of the cross is unrivaled by any event in human history including the September 11th events in the USA. Lest we point the finger at the Roman Soldiers, let us be reminded that it was our sin that required the Blood of God to be shed. We are depraved and as a people we live in ignorance of the purity of the Son of God.
- It Revealed the Justice and Love of A Holy God. God loved us so much that even though we rejected him, He still wanted to make a way for us to be with Him. His great love though, could not cause him to set aside justice for He is a just God. Our sin still had to be judged. This Loving God judged His only begotten Son for our sin, satisfying justice and demonstrating His love for us.
- It Revealed the Way of Salvation. When fiery serpents bit and killed many of the Israelites, God instructed Moses to lift a brass serpent on a pole. God further promised that whoever would look at the serpent would be healed. It worked. Years later, Jesus told Nicodemus "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:14-15 I'm sure there were those in the wilderness who refused to look at the emblem of "judged sin", but it is recorded that those who looked, lived. Jesus has been lifted up on a pole (cross), the way of salvation is this: "Look and Live".
Yes, Paul's narrow minded sermons had a purpose: To reveal Jesus Christ, "The Way, The Truth and The Life. Will you look and Live?