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THE CROSS OF CHRIST (1 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
I Corinthians 1:17-21
Our Father, Thank You for Your Faithfulness over the
years to help us preach the Word of God and the Story
of Jesus, and we pray, Lord, that You will help us one
more time to make it plain, just as plain as it is in
Your Word and as You would have it made, the way of
salvation through the cross of Christ. May each of us
today look squarely into the mirror of the Word of God
and see our relationship to the cross of Christ. We
pray, Lord, that souls will be saved and that those
who have no assurance will see it in Christ now, and
that Your Word will have free course in the hearts of
men and women. Thank You for what You are going to do
for us now. We ask it all in Jesus' Name, Amen.
The only place to get rid of sin is at the cross.
Therefore the only place to get rid of judgment is
at the cross. The only place to get rid of the fear
of death and eternity and the meeting with God is at
the cross. THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE GOD CAN MEET THE
SINNER IN LOVE AND SAVE HIM. You can talk about the
Love of God, dear friends, but it will not save you
until you come as a sinner and claim the cross of
Jesus and His dying there in your place.
In First Corinthians 1:17 the Apostle Paul says,
"Christ sent me not to baptize but to preach the
Gospel, not with wisdom of words lest the cross of
Christ should be made of none effect."
In these words we have first THE MESSAGE of the
cross: "Christ sent me to preach the Gospel."
Next, THE WEAKNESS of the cross: "Lest the cross of
Christ should be made of none effect." Those words,
of none effect, mean "made empty." So we have, "Lest
the cross of Christ be emptied of its power to
save." The cross of Christ is weak in certain lives
and for certain reasons, which we shall see.
Then we have THE POWER of the cross. It saves! Verse
21, "For after that in the wisdom of God the world by
wisdom knew not ...
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