By E. L. Thornton
1 Cor 1:22-24
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
When Paul says “Christ the power of God”, he is telling us what the called of his day saw, or was revealed to them, about the man on the cross.
The man on the cross was “behold the lamb that taketh away the sins of the world”. In the man on the cross we see the power of God. “—to this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world.” In Paul’s phrase “and the
wisdom of God”, he shows us the wisdom of God in the life of the man on the cross. Heb 9:19-28 “For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,
20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” The blood of lambs and bullocks did not succeed in the washing away of man
sins. But the blood of Jesus, 1 Pet 1:18-19 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: And the blood of Jesus worked. I wonder how many have been washed.
“THE CROSS REVEALS”
I. THE CROSS:
The cross, the most breathtaking scene in history,
The cross, the most awesome of all incidence.
The cross, the most overwhelming of all episodes.
The cross, the most monumental of all spectacles.
The cross, the most inspiring of all exhibitions.
The cross, the most stunning of all displays in antiquity.
The cross, the most shocking picture of all illustrations of the past.
The cross, breaks strong men into repentance.
The cross, brings weeping to any mothers eyes.
The cross, the story of it enthralls, and captivates children of all ages.
The cross, the most gruesome, appalling, ghastly, hideous, and revolting, act of mans depravity, and malfeasance, ever to be recorded in the roster of time. How they did it I will never understand. Yet the cross is the most talked about happening in man’s past, the most significant performance of love that this world has ever seen, and they missed the purpose of the cross.
From the prayer meeting in the garden, were the Disciples slept, it is a gruesome story. One that I’ve heard over and over but never grow tired of it.
from the garden to Pilates hall or court—————–.
II. THE CROSS REVEALS THE SINS OF MAN:
How can one read, or hear, this story and ever sin again.
How can one hear this story without feeling remorse for sins committed.
How can one hear this story without feel a compulsion to repent.To get right with God. Mister if the story of the
cross will not make you decide, I wonder what I could preach that would.
You need to take another look at Isaiah 53 and re-establish why Jesus went to the cross. They didn’t force Him to go,
He willing went to the cross. borne our griefs carried our sorrows
wounded for our transgressions
bruised for our iniquities
chastisement of our peace was upon him
with his strips we are healed
What can wash away our sins——-nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can make me whole again—–nothing but the blood of Jesus.
For my pardon this I see————nothing but the blood of Jesus.
For my cleansing I see————–nothing but the blood of Jesus.
“THE CROSS REVEALS”
Nothing can for sin atone———–nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Nothing good I have done———-nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh! precious is the flow That makes me white as snow
No other fount I know nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Have all the money you can accumulate—–nothing but the blood of Jesus
Have an innumerable amount of friends—– nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Know high ranking officers of the court——nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Have encredible starus———————-nothing but the blood of Jesus
Have unbelievable talents——————–nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Know all the best doctors——————-nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Have for your friends the best preachers—–nothing but the blood of Jesus.
I Jn 1:7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have
fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin.
III. THE CROSS REVEALS THE LOVE OF GOD:
Nothing reveals the love of God toward wayward man like the cross.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Rom 5:6-8 “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
While Jesus was dying on the cross His tormentors paid Him the highest ribute He ever received, gave Him the recognition he deserved,and rewarded Him with homage that was appropriate, when they called Him a “friend
of sinners”. They meant it as slander, they meant it defamatory,but oh how true.
Mister, if you ever need a friend, you can find a friend in Jesus. When ou’re in trouble, you can find a friend in Jesus. When there’s no one else to turn to, you can find a friend in Jesus. When lawyers have failed you, you can find a friend in Jesus. When doctors have given up, you can find a friend in Jesus.