#12 Because of the Cross we now live for Jesus

Jesus died to free us from the bonds of sin.  He died so that no longer would we be slaves to sin but that we would be slaves to God.  He died that we would live for the glory of God in all that we do.  As John Piper said, “Christ died for the glory of Christ.”

2 Corinthians 5:15 (ESV)
15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

Philippians 3:7–8 (ESV)
7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ

#11 Jesus went to the cross to bring us to God

It doesn’t get much more clear than these two verses.  We were far from God.  But by the grace of Jesus Christ at the cross we are brought near.  PRAISE GOD!

1 Peter 3:18 (ESV)
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

Ephesians 2:13 (ESV)
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
 

#10 To Show The Immeasurable Wealth of God’s Grace and Love to Sinners

Romans 5:7–8 (ESV)
7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 3:16 (ESV)
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Ephesians 1:7 (ESV)
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

John Piper writes, “I have heard it said, ‘God didn’t die for frogs.  So he was responding to our value as humans.’  This turns grace on its head.  We are worse than frogs.  They have not sinned.  They have not rebelled and treated God with the contempt of being inconsequential in their lives.  God did not die for frogs.  They aren’t bad enough.  We are.  Our debt is so great, only a divine sacrifice could pay it” (The Passion of Jesus Christ, 29).

#9 To Absorb the Wrath of God

Jesus Christ willfully went to the cross of in order to absorb the wrath of God.  

Galatians 3:13 (ESV)
13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—

Romans 3:25 (ESV)
25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

1 John 4:10 (ESV)
10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

 

Here is an excerpt from my sermon for this upcoming Sunday.

There have been many great sacrificial and heroic acts performed by man.  Men have dived off of bridges to save a drowning man and have died in the process.  Soldiers have thrown themselves on grenades to save their buddies.  People have pushed others out of the way of a vehicle only to be hit themselves.  These are all great heroic acts of love, but let us not think for one moment they compare to what Jesus did.  At the cross Jesus threw himself on the “death-inflicting explosion of His own wrath” (Ensor, 96).   John Ensor wrote, “The cross was not a heroic, impulsive act of self-sacrifice to shield us from an unfortunate accident or dangerous situation.  The cross was God’s intentional and punitive action” (Ensor, 96).  Justice had to be upheld.  Punishment had to be handed out.  There was no escaping it.  But rather than us paying for the crime, Jesus stood in our place and received His own holy wrath against sin.

 

#8 10 things the cross reveals

  1. The cross reveals the justice of God.
  2. The cross reveals the mercy of God.
  3. The cross reveals the grace of God.
  4. The cross reveals the sinfulness of man.
  5. The cross reveals the passion God has for His glory.
  6. The cross reveals God’s deep unfathomable love.
  7. The cross reveals that salvation is a Trinitarian work.
  8. The cross reveals the helplessness of man.
  9. The cross reveals the holiness of God.
  10. The cross reveals God’s hatred toward sin.

#7 The viciousness of envy

Joe Rigney at desiringgod.org wrote a great post on When Envy Turns Deadly.  Here Rigney walks through the deadly role envy played in the crucifixion of Jesus.  Envy is not a toy, it is not a neutral emotion, it is not something to be trifled with.  Envy is sin.  It is like a weed that will keep trying to come back no matter how many times you pull it out.  Envy needs to be regularly killed by the power of the Spirit and the Word.  

Check out Rigney’s post.  It will not disappoint.

http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/when-envy-turns-deadly

#5 A Treasure Chest of Great Joy

Philippians 2 is a treasure chest of joy.  It is a text that when I read I find I cannot help but break out into great praise and worship to God.  It reveals the great cost of our salvation.  It reveals the incredible humiliation that Christ endured.  It reveals the glory of God as the chief purpose of the cross.  It reveals that their is one path for salvation, and it is only through the God-man, Christ Jesus.  It reveals that upon faith in Jesus by grace we have the mind of Jesus.   It reveals that our worship of the Father  comes through the Son.

Philippians 2:5–11 (ESV)

5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

#1 The beginning of quotes, verses, songs, and more

Being that this is Easter week I though I would post a lot of quotes, verses, and songs that all talk about the cross.  My goal is to do at least 12 posts before Easter.  So here we go.   This first post is going to be Isaiah 52:13-53:12 because that is the text that I will be preaching out of on Easter Sunday.

 Isaiah 52:13-53:12
13 Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted. 14 As many were astonished at you— his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind— 15 so shall he sprinkle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand. 1 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? 2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? 9 And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. 10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. 11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.

(bold emphasis is mine)

#4 Redemption from the curse

Galatians 3:13 is a theologically packed verse that reveals the pain Christ went through in order for us to be redeemed.

Galatians 3:13 (ESV)

13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—