Christ's Cross and Ours - Part 2 (12 of 37) by Stan Coffey

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Christ's Cross and Ours - Part 2 (12 of 37)
Series: Then Came Jesus
Dr. Stan Coffey
Mark 8:31, 34

Aren't you glad we can come to the cross? Years ago, Isaac Watts said, "When I survey the wondrous cross On which the Prince of glory died, My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride. Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were a present far too small; Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my strength, my all. Praise God that Jesus paid it all."

I want us to turn this morning to Mark Chapter 8 once again and I want to finish the message that I began last week on "Christ's Cross and Ours". Mark Chapter 8 and then we will be going to Galatians Chapter 2; Christ's Cross and Ours.

I think one of the things that grips my heart the most is the price that Jesus paid for me. I know the human mind can never be capable of comprehending the depth of His suffering and yet Jesus in this particular passage of scripture comes to lay on the minds and hearts of the disciples the fact that He had come into the world to die. The reason for His birth was to die for the sins of man.

So look at what the Bible says in Verse 31 and there He mentions His cross.
" AND HE BEGAN TO TEACH THEM, THAT THE SON OF MAN MUST SUFFER MANY THINGS, AND BE REJECTED OF THE ELDERS, AND OF THE CHIEF PRIESTS, AND SCRIBES, AND BE KILLED, AND AFTER THREE DAYS RISE AGAIN."

Then look at Verse 34, now He talks about our cross, " AND WHEN HE HAD CALLED THE PEOPLE UNTO HIM WITH HIS DISCIPLES ALSO, HE SAID UNTO THEM, WHOSOEVER WILL COME AFTER ME, LET HIM DENY HIMSELF, AND TAKE UP HIS CROSS, AND FOLLOW ME."

We cannot bear Christ's cross but we are called upon in Christian commitment to bear our cross, to take up our cross. Now the apostle Paul who knew what that meant. So turn to Galatians Chapter 2 Verse 20 and in this passage Paul speaks about what it means to take up your cross.

I say that when a person went to crucifixion he was going to die. When ...


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