Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon. They will scourge Him and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.” (Luke 18:31-33)
Jesus By The Numbers
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most powerful word known to man. Everything in the Bible from Genesis to the Revelation declares the story of God’s love for man through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son. Longed for since the days of Adam and Eve, prophesied throughout the prophetical days of Israel, manifested in the fleshly embodiment of God on earth and looking for His return for two thousand years – Jesus Christ is the manifestation of the righteous mercy of a loving Father. No story has greater meaning. No man has ever lived that has changed the world as the one who was killed on a cross in a place called Golgotha. Crucified between two hardened criminals, Jesus of Nazareth burst through the vale of darkness shrouding the world under the heavy hand of sin and gave the eternal light of His Father to man. Salvation. Redemption. Glory. Hope.
Kris Emerson is with us this week in series of studies aimed at the powerful message of the Jubilee described in the word of God. Drawing from the Old Testament story of Israel’s law, the blessings of God are fully contained within the principles of the year of Jubilee. To understand the powerful message of God’s plan, we have to begin with Jesus Christ. Kris began the series with a simple lesson on the single event that changed the world. Jesus’ death on the cross changed everything. It opened up the portals of God’s grace that resonate today for every man. There are seven things to remember about the death of Jesus. These lessons are especially important to understanding the Lord’s Supper. Seven easy bullets to remember about the day Jesus died on the cross.
ONE LORD. Everything must begin with one Lord. Worship to God has always begun with man recognizing there can only be one Lord. The cross began with God dying on the cross. Obedience to God comes from allegiance to one Lord. Grace comes from one Lord. Salvation did not come by the will of man but the sacrifice of one Lord. “Only One was willing to die for us.”
TWO CRIMINALS. Jesus was crucified between two thieves. They both railed against Jesus hurling insults against Him. In time, one man realized Jesus as something more. He rebuked his fellow criminal when he declared they belonged on a cross but Jesus did not. Seeking mercy the Son of God granted Paradise to the repentant man. Every one of us belongs on a cross because we are all guilty. We deserve death but Jesus died to give us life. The question is whether we will see Jesus for who He really is. “These received exactly what they deserved.”
THREE CROSSES. Crucifixion is the most horrible way man has devised to kill another person. It is a long and agonizing slow death that destroys every part of man both physically and mentally. Three men died that day and the cross they were nailed to became the story of their lives. For one man, his cross was rebellion. He died cursing God. Another man was guilty but his cross became the hope of repentance. Joy awaited him in death. The cross of Jesus stood between the man who rebelled and the one who repented. His cross is the cross of redemption.
FOUR SOLDIERS. As Jesus hung on the cross, the soldiers gathered around dividing the earthly belongings of God’s Son. They were so intent on the things of the world not realizing what was unfolding before their eyes was the redemption of their souls. They could not see Heaven because they could only see this world. So many people today are filling their lives with perishable stuff not realizing the power of God’s love that saved them on a hill outside of Jerusalem. “These worldly men did not look to Jesus.”
FIVE WOUNDS. Examining the suffering of Jesus, the Son of God was inflicted from the top of His head down to His feet. The thorn of crowns, the scourging of His back, piercing of His hands and feet and the final blow after death of the spear in His side. God died that day from wounds received from the hand of man. In those wounds came the balm of Gilead to heal all men. “He bled from His head down to His feet.”
SIX HOURS. The death of Jesus was not a quick death. It was a long and horrifying experience of human suffering. Jesus refused the drink that would have taken the sting of His misery away. The Son of God suffered fully so that we could enjoy life eternally. He bore the brunt of human suffering for six hours on a cross of wood. “From 9:00am to 3:00pm He was publically shamed.”
SEVEN PHRASES. The cross cannot be complete without the powerful words of Jesus as He died on the cross. In seven phrases recorded by the gospel writers, “the Son of God showed His agony, His love and His faith.” The Word spoke the Word on the cross opening the doors of Heaven to all men who would receive His word.
God be thanked that on the third day HE AROSE. Visit www.brooksvillecoc.com to listen to the sermon.