The Revelation of the Cross
Picture in your minds three crosses silhouetted on a hillside just outside the city walls of Jerusalem. We will call the cross on the left the cross of rejection since the one on that cross was unrepentant unto death. We will call the cross on the right the cross of reception since the one on it repented of his sins and trusted Jesus for his salvation. We will call the center cross the cross of revelation since the Man who died on that cross allowed us to see ourselves for what we really are. We will call it the cross of revelation.
-What does the cross reveal?
1. THE CROSS REVEALS THE INTENSITY OF GOD'S LOVE.
-This is the cross that tells us how much God loves us. We know and can quote John 3:16. Francis Rowley, a Baptist preacher in the mid 1800's wrote I will sing the wondrous story. He presented the song to Ira Sankey as a gift. Sankey had the hymn published and it became a popular hymn of the church.
I will sing the wondrous story
Of the Christ who died for me
How he left His home in glory
For the cross of Calvary
The story of God's love is indeed a wondrous story. John 3:16 has been called the world's greatest text, the greatest text in the Bible, the gospel in a nutshell, the synopsis of the Bible, the best known verse in the Bible, the golden text of the Bible, everybody's text, the little Bible, and the text that tells all.
It is an ocean of thought in a drop of language.
As we focus on the revelation of the cross we are shaken with the reality that this is how much God loves us.
Paul tells us that the breadth of God's love is from pole to pole, the length of God's love reaches back to eternity past, the height of God's love reaches down from heaven, and the depth of God's love is wherever you are right now.
The cross answers two questions for us. The first one is how far would God go to redeem mankind. The cross would answer all the way. There is no way we could probe ...
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