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The Old Rugged Cross (5 of 5)
Series: The Cross
I want you to turn in God's Word to John 3:14. One of my favorite verses is John 3:16 but I am going to preach today from John 3:14. It is a wonderful passage of Scripture and I want to speak today about "The Old Rugged Cross". We have been talking about loving the Lord for what He has done for us and what He is going to do for us, but I want to tell you the key to it all was that old rugged cross.
And in John 3:14 Jesus in speaking to Nicodemus has told Nicodemus about the new birth. And then he goes on to talk about what had to happen for you and me to become a part of the family of God. God wanted to make us part of His family. God wanted to prepare heaven for us. God wanted to give us all that He had, but in order for God to do that something had to happen.
I want you to notice today the word must. When somebody uses the word must it says a great deal. It talks about something they are compelled to do. It talks about something they have no option but to do. It talks about something that is absolutely a must in their life. Jesus said, "...the Son of Man must be lifted up." In other words, He was saying I must go to the cross. There is no other way for man to be saved; there is no other way for people to come into the family of God unless I go to the cross.
I. THE REASON FOR THE CROSS
I want to talk to you today about the reason for the cross. Why did Jesus say "the Son of Man must be lifted up" on that old rugged cross? Well, of course it was because of man's sin. The Bible says in Romans 3:23, "for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." And that includes me and you and you; it includes all of us here today. And the Bible teaches us that we are sinners by nature.
In other words, we have a bent to sin. We have a will to sin. Have you moms and dads ever noticed that you don't have to teach a boy or girl to do wrong, but you hav ...
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