The Saving Power Of The Cross
INTRODUCTION: Mel Gibson describes his movie "The Passion of the Christ" as unforgetting, from the Greek word aletheia (unforgetting). His intention was to make the death of Christ unforgettable to all who would see the movie. Although I think he may have accomplished that, the scriptures are the best source to understand the purpose and power of Christ's death. The testimony of the scriptures is overwhelming as we consider the importance and meaning of Christ's death. It indeed makes his death unique, incomparable, infinite and of eternal value. Christ himself predicted the fact and manner of his death and taught that his death had a universal significance. "Literally the word passion means suffering. But it conveys the idea of intense suffering, and suffering that involved His inner as well as outer being, His soul and spirit as well as His rent body."
Illustration: A little boy was going past a cemetery with his father when he noticed a new open grave. He pointed it out and said, "Look, Dad. One got out!"
I. THE PURPOSE OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST
A. SCRIPTURES ON THE CROSS OF CHRIST
Philippians 2:8-10 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name
Psalm 22:14-15 I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; it has melted within Me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death.
Acts 2:23 …Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;
John 10:11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.
John 10:15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
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