a) What the Place Was Called
b) Why the Place Was Chosen
2. HISTORICALLY IT WAS A PLACE OF CRUCIFIXION
a) An Existing Method of Execution
b) An Extreme Means of Execution
3. PERSONALLY IT WAS A PLACE OF SALVATION
a) Salvation That Was Received
b) Salvation That Was Rejected
Years ago, cigarette companies would put cards in their packs of cigarettes for the purpose of protecting the cigarettes by stiffening the pack. These became known as Cigarette Cards. These series of cards consisted of famous actors, sports players, Indian chiefs and historical places. These cards were discontinued during World War II to save paper. Today they are collector's items.
An example of these cigarette cards was the series ''Famous Crosses'' by Stephen Mitchell and Son Tobacco Company of Glasgow, Scotland England. The series consisted of 25 famous crosses throughout Great Britain and Ireland such as the Edinburgh Cross, Aberdeen Cross, Banbury Cross and Charing Cross.
When I think of famous crosses the first one that comes to my mind is Calvary's cross. It is without question the most famous cross of history. I think of the words of John Bowring in his great hymn:
In the cross of Christ I glory,
Tow'ring o'er the wrecks of time;
All the light of sacred story
Gathers round its head sublime.
It is the one cross that towers over all other crosses. Other famous crosses are more elaborate and ornate, some made of stone and marble, but the old rugged cross of Calvary is the most famous and endeared cross of all.
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame,
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.
This Sunday is traditionally known as Palm Sunday which commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the beginning of what is often called Passion Week. Throughout this week, Christians all over the world will remember and celebrate the events of this week culminating in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I thought it would be fitting for us on this day to think about the cross of the Lord Jesus and His death upon the cross. Next Sunday we will think about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Today as we think about the old rugged cross I draw your attention to Luke 23:33. Let's first notice that:
1. GEOGRAPHICALLY IT WAS A PLACE OF DESTINATION
We read, ''And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary…'' Luke speaks of the place or location of the cross. Let's examine Luke's words closer and notice:
A) What the Place Was Called
Luke tells us the place was called ''Calvary.'' It may surprise you, but this is the only time that you find the word Calvary in the Bible. I don't know about you, but it does something to my heart just to say Calvary.
Years I spent in vanity and pride,
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