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THE MIRACLE OF THE CROSS
I PETER 3:18
APRIL 2, 1995 A.M. SERVICE
SERIES: DEATH AND RESURRECTION
A. CHRIST SUFFERED EMOTIONALLY PHYSICALLY, AND
SPIRITUALLY ON THE CROSS.
Dr. William D. Edwards, Journal of American Med-
ical Association, says "There has been a tendency
to almost romanticize the crucifixion of Jesus,
to disguise the horror of what Christ went through
but death by crucifixion was in every sense of the
word excruciating." This statement came from USA
Today. The description of the crucifixion that
follows came from an article in the JAMA.
B. We have become desensitized to death, espec-
ially violent death.
1. We have a steady diet of it.
2. It is so sensationalized.
3. It is scandalized.
ill. OJ Simpson case has become a media
circus. Forgotten two people were
C. We have become desensitized to the death of
1. Does it move you the way it should?
2. Have you personalized it.
D. Today, I want us to personalize the cross.
I. THE PAIN OF IT. "CHRIST ALSO ONCE SUFFERED..."
A. THE EMOTIONAL STRESS.
1. The emotional stress is seen in the
experience of the garden. The lone-
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