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Series: The Cross
If you have your Bible today I want to share from Colossians 1:20-21. I want to speak today on ''At The Cross''.
God has designated the cross as that divine meeting place where man can approach God and where God reached down to man. At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light and the burden of my heart rolled away. God has a way of bringing us back to the cross. If we stay near the cross, if we have the vision of the cross, if we never loose sight of the cross, it will lead us in the path of victory because that is the path that Jesus walked. From the time that He started His ministry on the earth, really from the time He was born as a babe in the manger, Jesus put His sights on the cross and He never took His eyes off that cross. Even as a boy Jesus said, I must needs be about my Father's business.
Again and again He reminded the disciples that the Son of Man must be crucified. He must be buried and on the third day He will rise again from the dead. You remember in John 3 He said, ''Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness even so must the Son of Man be lifted up.'' Then He told us that ''God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him would not perish but have everlasting life.'' I want to give you three thoughts to take this week about the cross.
I. THE REASON FOR THE CROSS
First of all I think for a moment about the reason for the cross. Why was it necessary? Jesus said ''the Son of Man must be lifted up'' as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness. Of course the reasons for the cross have to begin with man's sin. The Bible says that ''all have sinned and come short of the glory of God''. ''The wages of sin is death''. Someone had to die. Someone had to pay the sin debt. Someone had to atone for the sin of the world. And it had to be a sinless substitute. I had to be one who was tempted in all points ...
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