by Jerry Vines

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The Death of the Cross (9 of 12)
Series: Meet the Real Jesus
Jerry Vines
Luke 23:32-35

What do you think about when you hear the word, cross? What images come to your mind when you read the word, cross? Or when someone says the word, cross? For many people they think about a fixture attached to a church building. Others think about an ornament or a necklace that they wear. They think in terms of a decoration or an ornament. But in the days of the Lord Jesus Christ, almost 2000 years ago, when the word, cross, was mentioned it was far different from this. In fact, if you had put a cross on top of a synagogue or if you had worn a cross around your neck, people would be horrified in that day. In the days of the Lord Jesus Christ, the very mention of a cross meant a very painful form of death. It would be like you, today, taking a silver figurine of an electric chair and wearing it around your neck. In those days it was a symbol of one of the most brutal and one of the most disgraceful forms of death ever devised by man. Yet, the Bible tells us that the Lord Jesus Christ came into this world and died on a cross.

We have been tracing the life of our Lord, trying to meet the real Jesus. We have gone all the way from His birth, His baptism, and His temptation, all the way to the transfiguration experience to the night in the garden of Gethsemane. We have followed the steps of the Lord as He has gone through those trial scenes. Now the Bible tells us that somewhere around 9 o'clock in the morning, they lead Jesus through the streets of Jerusalem. They lead Him out the gates of Jerusalem, out to a hill called Calvary. There the Bible says that the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified on a cross. What do you think about when you think about a cross?

Have you ever wondered why it is that when you come to a church you hear a great deal about the cross? Both of the special numbers before the message this morning have had to do with the subject of the cross. Very ofte ...

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