SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

WHAT HAS THE CROSS ACCOMPLISHED?

by Richard Bradley


What Has the Cross Accomplished?
Richard A. Bradley
Ephesians 2:14-18


Ephesians 2:14-18

14 For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.

15 He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups.

16 Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.

17 He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near.

18 Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.

NLT

What has the cross accomplish? Some have called our present age the ''me'' generation. That is, no matter what's going on, either good or bad, it must be all about me. This generation is prone to ask questions such as, ''What's in it for me?'' - or ''What do I get out of this?'' This Narcissistic and selfish attitude can even invade the church.

''What's in it for me?'' This can be a destructive question but it's not a bad question to ask concerning the cross. In fact, this was the very question Paul answered for us in Ephesians 2. In verse 14-18 Paul listed four benefits of Jesus' death on the cross.

BECAUSE OF THE CROSS PEACE IS A POSSIBILITY

14 For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.

The Greek word for ''peace'' in this verse is ''eirene.'' This word describes an inner sense of prosperity or a prosperity of the soul. This peace generates within us a feeling that all is right despite the details of our circumstances. This calming of our souls comes from the Father ...

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