Prepositions of the Cross
Ray Frank Robbins said the cross represents the saddest and gladdest day in history. It answers two questions for us. How far will man go in his rejection of God? The answer is he will go all the way. Even to the point of nailing the perfect Son of God to a Roman cross. However, the cross also represents the gladdest day in history and answers another question for us. How far will God go in redeeming mankind? The answer is he will go all the way. Even to the point of allowing his Son to be the sacrifice for sin.
Today, on this Palm Sunday, I want us to examine the cross by looking at some prepositions that will help give an explanation as to what the cross should mean to each one of us.
1. JESUS CAME TO SAVE SINNERS.
"For the Son of Man has come to seek and save that which was lost." He sought out the Rich Young Ruler, Bartimaeus, and Zacchaeus in this scriptural context.
1. He was predicted.
There are many prophesies in the Old Testament that Jesus would come into the world as the redeemer.
The first prophesy is Genesis 3:15. Moses predicted his coming in Deuteronomy. Isaiah prophesied so clearly that you would think he was there when it happened, Isaiah 53. Micah pinpointed the place of his birth. Malachi predicted his forerunner, John the Baptist.
2. He was presented.
John the Baptist said, "Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world." John was willing to step back into the background when Jesus came on the scene.
3. He was persuasive.
His teaching was unexcelled. Even Nicodemus recognized that He was a teacher come from God. "No man ever taught like this man taught." He combined authority and compassion. He appealed to the common man.
His miracles should have been enough to convince the most ardent skeptic. He healed the lame, restored eyesight to the blind, and raised the dead. He had authority over the elements.
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