The Power of the cross Part4
PART 4 THE POWER OF THE CROSS
Who is He?
(Mark 8:27-29) Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, Who do people say I am? They replied, Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets. But what about you? he asked. Who do you say I am? Peter answered, You are the Christ.
I hope by now your view of Jesus is changing
Today He is incredibly powerful marked by miracles
(Acts 10:38) how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.
So many people long for His power also afraid of it
Still does miracles
(Hebrews 13:8) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Wanted His church to have His power even today
Never intended for us to explain this to people
To engage in an argument
Always wanted to differentiate Christianity with power to confirm
(John 14:12) I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
Each week in this series has put us in a position to make a decision
Have presented to you the real Jesus
Authentic Relevant Enjoyable Accepting
So what is your verdict now?
Whats Your Verdict?
I encourage you to do three things:
- Settle His claims.
(Romans 1:4 LB) … by being raised from the dead he was proved to be the mighty Son of God, with the holy nature of God himself.
Everyone who has been presented Jesus has already decided who He is
Either liar, lunatic, or Lord
It cant just be: I believe he was a good teacher.
He couldnt be just a good teacher, because a good teacher would not say, Im God, and Im the only way to heaven.
If Lord then everything He said is true
Its your decision now
Heres a second response I recommend
- Make Him Lord of your life.
Our response needs to be more than belief commit your life
An event that is marked by promises of devotion wedding
(Romans 10:9) That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
And we all need to take it to higher heights the next level
- Experience His power.
Too many people leave His benefits on the table
(Ephesians 1:20 LB) I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great his power is to help those who believe him… the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead.
Thats what Good Friday was all about
Heres how it all played out on Thursday night
Jesus actually went through six trials. In that one night, he was brought before Annas, Caiphas (the high priest), the Sanhedrin (the religious Supreme Court), Pilate (the governor of Jerusalem), Herod (the governor of Galilee), and then back to Pilate.
The Power of the Cross
Today begin Passion week talk about the victory He won on the cross
(Isaiah 53:5) But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Isaiah lists all four wounds of the cross
Here they are in chronological order as they happened to Jesus
Each of them was intentional to give you power over problems
- Scourging Power to heal my body Healing
After the trial they took Him to be scourged cat of nine tails
Why? By His wounds/stripes we are healed
Whipped on His back back is the place of strength
Every lash was against disease
Every lash has power to heal my body
(1 Peter 2:24) He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
(Mark 6:56) And wherever he went–into villages, towns or countryside–they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.
- Crown of thorns Power to restore my mind Peace
Then to the Praetorium Crown of thorns 2 inches long
Why? He took The punishment that brought us peace
That punishment gave power to restore my mind
Worry, confusion, depression, fear, needing direction
Chastised for our peace
Peace is not circumstantial its in your mind
(John 14:27) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
(Romans 12:2) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
- Nails Power to cleanse my conscience freedom
Then to Golgotha and nailed to the cross
Why? Pierced for our transgressions
More than just forgiveness but freedom
Those nails gave power to cleanse my conscience
Hands represent what you do guilt
Wringing of the hands when guilty
Freedom from habitual sin
Cleanse the conscience of the worshipper
(Hebrews 8:12) For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.
He remembers our sin no more Erase the guilt and memory
- Spear Power to renew my spirit joy
Finally at the 6th hour 3:00 in the afternoon He breathed His last
Would have normally broken their legs
But took a spear to puncture the heart flowed blood and water
His heart was crushed
Why? Crushed for our iniquities
His broken heart gave power to renew my spirit
(2 Corinthians 5:17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Heart crushed spirit is sick the pain of life
Divorce, heart broken over a wayward child
The Four Wounds of the Cross
Scourging power to heal you
Crown power to give you peace
Nails power to give you freedom
Spear/heart power to give you joy
Its your decision Hes done all He can do
Is there any way you could say No to this man?