by Johnny Hunt

It's Easter, Jesus, Thank You for the Cross
Johnny Hunt
II Corinthians 5:14-21
April 12, 2009

INTRODUCTION: By way of introduction, let me address the motivation behind this message. Paul said, "the love of Christ compels us" – means a firm hold that controls; spurred on by his own sense of that mighty, all-conquering love.

Paul went on to say, "that if One died for all, then all died." Paul believed that mankind as a whole was under a sentence of death. Because all were dead, Jesus went down into death, and now He brings them up with Him in resurrection life (if they will believe). This truth reminds us that no person has life in himself, but "Jesus died for all that they which live" (.15)

2 Corinthians 5:15, "and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again."

Paul felt with all of his heart that people were under the sentence of death and yet, the Lord had given him a message of life; what motivation!

"Jesus, thank you for the cross."

NOTE: This motivation of God's love in Christ changed Paul's evaluation of Christ and others.

2 Corinthians 5:16, "Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer."

Paul no longer looked at others from a purely human standpoint. His outlook was changed and now his assessment was different. It is common for people to judge one another by such human and external standards as wealth, race, family background, personality, looks, and skills.

Paul no longer looked at Jesus from a purely human standpoint. He, at one time, thought of Jesus as a religious teacher from Galilee, untrained in any rabbinical school, who made messianic claims and was alleged to work miracles. However, when Saul of Tarsus met Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus, he now was able to view Christ with the enlightenment of God's Holy Spirit.

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