Why the Cross of Christ Is Glorious: A Palm Sunday Sermon by Stan Coffey

Why the Cross of Christ Is Glorious: A Palm Sunday Sermon
Stan Coffey
Galatians 6:14

OUTLINE:
I. THE CROSS IS GLORIOUS IN ITS REVELATION
II. THE CROSS IS GLORIOUS IN ITS RECONCILIATION
III. THE CROSS IS GLORIOUS IN ITS INSPIRATION
IV. THE CROSS IS GLORIOUS IN ITS INVITATION

When the World Trade Center collapsed following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, workers excavating the site found a cross-shaped beam, that standing upright amid the ruin and debris, became a make-shift center of worship. The picture of that cross was published around the world and served as a center of hope for many that lost their loved ones on that beautiful fall day of 2001.

It reminds us of the story of Dr. John Bowring who heard the story of the destruction of a magnificent cathedral on the Island of Macao in the region of Hong Kong. Only the front wall of the Cathedral remained and atop it was great metal cross, blackened with age, silhouetted against the sky. It is said that the hymnist was so inspired by the story of this cathedral that he wrote the hymn, ''In the cross of Christ I glory, tow'ring o'er the wrecks of time, All the light of sacred glory gathers round its head sulime. But no other tribute to the cross is greater than that given by the Apostle Paul when he said ''But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world..'' On this Palm Sunday we especially give honor and glory to God for the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let me ask on this Palm Sunday, what is the most glorious thing in the world to you? You might say, ''it would be glorious to be out of debt.'' Yes, that would be good. You might say, ''it would be glorious to have a fine home and a happy marriage and loving children.'' You might say, ''I have political ambitions, it would be glorious if I could attain high office. High School students here today might say, ''it would be glorious to gradua ...


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