On a Hill far away....The Sheep Gate (2 of 11) by Wayne Hinson

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On a Hill far away....The Sheep Gate (2 of 11)
Series: Realms of Revival
Wayne Hinson
Nehemiah 3:1; Matthew 27: 33...35

Intro: This gate was called the Sheep Gate, because this was the gate thru which the sheep and lambs that were to be used in temple sacrifices were brought thru. On the day of his crucifixion, our Lord carried his cross out of the city, passing thru this gate. The sheep gate is symbolic of the cross of Calvary, and is first mentioned because the first step in a relationship with God must be through the Blood of the perfect Lamb of God. It is worthy of mention that the sheep gate was mentioned first and also was mentioned in verse 32 last. Everything begins and ends with the Cross of Calvary! Jesus said, "I am the alpha and omega, the first and the last". As we survey the cross, it's meaning depends on how it is viewed:

1) From a social approach:
the cross is nothing more than a trinket or toy. We see it displayed around necks, on buildings, and even bumper stickers. In society, the cross is abundant, but it's meaning has been abandoned.
2) From a human approach:
a Jewish teacher was executed there.
3) From a political approach:
a militant activist was silenced there.
4) From dramatic approach:
a humble, innocent and gentile man was railroaded and murdered there.
5) From a divine approach:
The Cross becomes the pivotal point in history. The cross is the apex of God's work to redeem fallen man. For, on that lonely hill outside of Jerusalem, which is called Golgotha, the place of the skull, suspended between heaven and earth, between two thieves, the darling Son of God bore the entire burden and weight of humanity's sin upon himself, satisfied the demands of the law, and freed from guilt and judgment, all who would come to Him in faith. The cross is first and foremost, the cross is last and uttermost.



II. ON THE HILL THERE WAS A VOLUNTARY SACRIFICE

Our Lord left heaven and on that hill every attribute of the Son ...


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