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The Tree That Became A Throne (13 of 13)
Series: One Extraordinary Life
Dr. Brad Whitt
Intro: Take your Bibles now this morning, and be finding your place at Luke 23 if you will. Luke 23, and I want us to begin here this morning in verse 33 as we continue here with our series of messages that we have entitled, "One Extraordinary Life."
And while you are finding your place there let me just make this statement. Everybody knows that the UNMISTAKABLE, UNDENIABLE, and UNIVERSAL symbol of the Christian faith is the cross. That's why we put them on our churches, above our baptisteries, and wear them around our necks. We see them basically on anything and everything that we could come in contact with as Christians.
• Book covers.
• The back of our cars.
• Postcards and paintings.
You see, the symbol of our faith is not a cradle, although we believe in His immaculate conception and virgin birth.
And the symbol of our faith is not even a crown, although the One we serve is King of all kings and Lord of all lords.
No, the symbol of the Christian faith is a cross - an old, rugged cross. Because, that's where Jesus died.
But here's the thing. A lot of times we forget that there wasn't just one cross that was there that day. There were three. As a matter of fact, look there in verse 33. . .
Luke 23:33, "And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, AND THE CRIMINALS, one on the right hand and the other on the left."
Did you see that? Luke says that there was more than just one cross and there was more than just one crucifixion.
• There was a cross of redemption.
• There was a cross of reception.
• And there was a cross of rejection.
ILLUS: As one preacher put it: "Jesus Christ - the very Son of God - didn't die in a cathedral between two candles, He died on a cross between two criminals."
Three men died that day.
• One died a blasphemer.
• One died a believer.
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