WHAT GOD DID FOR YOU AT THE CROSS
Jesse M. Hendley
I Peter 3:19
Beneath the cross of Jesus
I fain would take my stand,
The shadow of a mighty Rock
Within a weary land,
A home within the wilderness,
A rest upon the way,
From the burning of the noontide heat
And the burden of the day.
Upon that cross of Jesus
Mine eye at times can see
The very dying form of One
Who suffered there for me;
And from my smitten heart with tears
Two wonders I confess,
The wonder of His glorious love
And my unworthiness.
I take, O Cross, thy shadow
For my abiding place,
I ask no other sunshine
Than the sunshine of His face;
Content to let the world go by,
To know no gain or loss,
My sinful self my only shame,
My glory, all the cross!
We are thinking now about "The Cross of the Lord
Jesus." Let me call your attention to those words, "My
sinful self my only SHAME, my glory all the cross." I
was talking with a friend the other day who said,
"Doesn't anybody have any sense of shame anymore?"
This is a wicked world in which we live. Well,
Christians have a sense of shame. They have been
touched by the Spirit of God.
We are thinking about why Christ came, and this is the
heart of the whole matter. I don't know of anything
more important than the message we are bringing today.
Listen carefully, please.
Why Christ Came
We have three things in our text, First Peter 3:19.
First, What He did. Jesus suffered for sins. Jesus
Christ SUFFERED---for SINS. That is what He did.
And then, What He Was. He was the Just, dying for the
unjust. The Righteous. Jesus was Righteous, but you
and I have been unrighteous. All of us have been
unrighteous. He was the Perfect, Spotless, Righteous
One. Even God couldn't find a flaw in His entire
being. There was not one fault in His nature, not one.
Nobody could convict Jesus of sin.
And then, What He accomplished. "Tha ...
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