When Christ was Crucified Paul Says Christ Crucified Me too!
Do you realize that this weekend is far more than just a holiday?
Each of us in Christ this evening have a stake in this week's events that exceeds anyone else's in the world (those who are apart from Christ). What exactly am I talking about? This is the week we can most reflect upon the reality that we actually died with Christ two thousand years ago.
For the rest of our lives we are to be seeking to know more completely and more deeply all that God did in that six hour period of time when Christ was crucified, and we were with Him by the grace of God.
No verse more clearly summarizes what Jesus has done than Paul's testimony in Galatians 2:20. No verse more clearly frames what each of us should declare at this sacred moment than Paul's words that we can affirm for ourselves tonight.
Now using a short lesson in the grammar of the Bible, on this night we have gathered to remember the cross of Christ we need to remember it not merely as a distant historical fact-no, we must see it as an event that we were a part of, personally and directly and powerfully.
To focus our hearts upon Christ, open to Galatians 2:20 with me this evening.
Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ;
it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave Himself for me. NKJV
"I have been crucified with" is actually one word in the original text of the New Testament; and it is the verb around which this verse is built. This verb known by Greek scholars as word # 4957, and is sustauroo a verb found five times in the New Testament; and which literally means 'to crucify alone with'. To better understand this verb we must notice it's three inspired grammatical parts. When you classify a Greek verb you state the tense, the voice, and the mood. Sustauroo translated "I have ...
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