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SERMON: The Three Crosses of Calvary
TEXT: Luke 23:32-33; Isaiah 53:12
INTRODUCTION: The theme of God¡¦s redemptive plan runs through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. At its heart is Calvary, the place where Jesus died so we could be forgiven. Isaiah foretold that Christ would be ¡§numbered with the transgressors¡¨ (Isa. 53:12). As we look to Calvary, we see three crosses.
1. The Cross of REBELLION (Luke 23:39). This man was dying because of crimes he had committed. Jesus had done nothing against him, yet this man used some of his last minutes in life to mock and scorn Jesus. As death ap-proached, he was not moved to sorrow by thoughts of being punished for-ever for his wicked life. He was returning another's love with bitterness. Je-sus was dying for him also. Even the solemnity of death couldn't restrain the blasphemies from his lips. This man died scoffing; he died in sin.
2. The Cross of REPENTANCE (LUKE 23:40-43). This man saw his horrible situa-tion and considered his eternal fate (i.e., Remorse is moral anguish arising from repentance for past misdeeds; bitter regret). He was moved to repent-ance, and Jesus rewarded him with forgiveness. Before he died physically, this man died to sin.
3. The Cross of REDEMPTION. On this cross was the sinless Son of God. His mission on earth was to seek and save the lost, climaxing in the sacrifice of His life to pay the price for our sins. Jesus ¡§committed no sin,¡¨ but He ¡§bore our sins in His own body on the tree¡¨ (1 Pet. 2:22, 24). Many people taunted and challenged Him to show He was the Christ by coming down from the cross. Instead, He demonstrated His love for you and me by stay-ing on the cross. The man on the middle cross died for sin.
CONCLUSION: God¡¦s Old Covenant with the Jews separated the Jews from all other nations. He removed it when Jesus died (Eph. 2:11-16; Col. 2:14; Rom. 7:6-7; Gal. 3:24-25). In its place, the death of Jesus brought the New Covenant for all people of all nations (Heb. 9:15-17; 12:24; Mk. 16:15-16). Now, after His death, a believing sinner receives the benefit of the death of Jesus by repenting, confessing his faith, and being baptized into the death of Christ. Cf. Rom. 6:3-4.
- Mark N. Posey
The Roman soldiers led Jesus out of Jerusa-lem to the place of His execution. That place was called ¡§Golgotha¡¨ in the Aramaic language and ¡§Calvary¡¨ in the Latin lan-guage. Both names mean ¡§skull.¡¨ The Bible does not tell us whether it was a hill or a level area. But it does tell us that there were three crosses on which three persons were executed that day (Luke 23:32-33). ƒt
Pulpit Preview is sent for the pur-pose of sharing sermon ideas & useful illustrations. It is sent via email on a bi-weekly bases. Editor: Mark N. Posey, D.D., preaching minister for the Austinville Church of Christ (2833 Danville Rd. SW Decatur, AL 35603) since 1994. Please send all comments to¡Xpulpitpreview@austinvillecoc.org
or address above. Thanks, MNP.
December 1, 2011 „I Vol. 3, No. 24
Homiletics (Gr. homiletikos, from homilos, to assemble to-gether), in theology is the application of the general principles of rhetoric to the specific department of public preaching. The one who practices or studies homiletics is called a homilist. Homiletics is the study of the composition and delivery of a sermon or other religious discourse. It includes all forms of preaching, viz., the sermon, homily and theological instruction. It is further defined as the study of the analysis, classification, preparation, composition and delivery of sermons.
Different from a speech or a public address, which is usually for the enter-tainment of an audience, the sermon is the proclamation of God¡¦s eternal word. The preacher has nothing worthwhile to say if he does not minister from the Holy Scriptures. Such a proclamation may take the form of evangelistic preach-ing, encouragement or theological teaching, but it must always be firmly estab-lished and built upon the Bible. TEACHING (Romans 12:7): William Glasser (psychologist) said that we learn...
a. 10% of what we read.
b. 20% of what we hear.
c. 30% of what we see.
d. 50% of what we see and hear.
e. 70% of what we discuss with others.
f. 80% of what we experience personally.
g. 95% of what we teach others. ENCOURAGEMENT (Romans 12:8): Paul encouraged people to practice what they had been taught. Those who are taught but not exhorted become ¡§lazy sheep¡¨ that only take in and never live the Christian life. Those who are ex-horted but not taught become excited and active, but have no depth or un-derstanding of what they do and will burn out quickly or work in wrong ways. Preaching includes exhortation and practical application. EVANGELISM (Ephesians 4:11): Someone said, ¡§It is easy to determine when something is aflame¡Xit ignites other material. Any fire that does not spread will eventually go out. A preacher without a message of evangelism is a con-tradiction in terms, just as a fire that does not burn is a contradiction.¡¨
A sermon is not just proclamation, but living out a life of faith in Christ among, and in full view of, those same people, once the sermon is over.
-Mark N. Posey
An old Indian legend
Many years ago, Indian youths would go away in solitude to prepare for manhood. One such youth hiked into a beautiful valley. There he fasted, and on the third day he decided to test himself against the mountain. He put on his buffalo-hide shirt, threw his blanket over his shoulders, and set off to climb the peak.
When he reached the top, he could see forever, and his heart swelled with joy. Then he heard a rustle at his feet. Looking down, he saw a snake. Be-fore he could move, the snake spoke: ¡§I am about to die. It is too cold for me up here, and I am freezing. There is no food, and I am starving. Put me under your shirt and take me down to the valley.¡¨
"Oh, no," said the youth. "I know your kind. You are a rattlesnake. If I pick you up, you will bite me, and I will die."
"Not so,"¨ said the snake. "I will treat you differently. If you do this for me, you will be special. I will not harm you."
The youth withstood for a while, but this was a very persuasive snake with beautiful markings. At last the youth tucked it under his shirt and carried it down to the valley. There he laid it gently on the grass. Suddenly, the snake coiled, rattled, and struck, biting him on the leg.
"But you promised!" cried the youth.
"You knew what I was when you picked me up," said the snake as it slithered away.
Iron Eyes Cody
The CROSS points in four directions to show that the love of Jesus is WIDE enough to include every human being. God's grace has appeared to all: Titus 2:11. LONG enough to last through all eternity. Jesus gives everlasting life¡¨ - Matt. 25:46. DEEP enough to reach the most guilty sinner. Christ came to save sinners¡Luke 19:10. HIGH enough to take us to heaven. Born again to a living hope: 1Peter 1:3-5.
September 20, 2011 „I Vol. 3, No. 18
The Preacher's Wife
I would like to recognize and honor all the ladies who are married to preachers regardless of where they are serving in the Lord¡¦s work. When one stops to think about the sacrifices these ladies make in order to support their husbands, it has to be very stressful and difficult. They have to contend with a lot of things such as late-night telephone calls, late visits to hospitals, or to the homes of people in need for whatever reason. No matter what they are trying to do, such as going out to eat for a nice quiet dinner, the phone rings continually. They sacrifice time away from their husbands, are at home alone with the children, and have to take care of things around the house normally done by the spouse. Many extra duties are shifted to their responsibility list. They have to become managers, accountants, shoppers and chief discipliner. They put on so many different hats that they have to become mother and fa-ther at the same time. Sometimes pressure even comes from outside. Congre-gations sometime seem to expect them to do things that are not or should not be required from them.
Preachers do not always get the best working conditions and best paying positions, but they go because they have taken on the responsibility of doing the Lord's work regardless of where they are sent. It's usually the wife who has to contend with most of the hardship that is a result of change. I don't think I have ever heard them complain about what has been imposed on them. They have chosen their lifestyle and would not change it because they believe in what they are doing. Their loyalty to their husbands and to God seems to be unshakeable. There is a scripture in Proverbs 31:10-12 which says, "Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life." Please read the rest of the chapter for more insight into their role. These ladies always go above and beyond their duties.
There is an old saying that ¡§Behind every man is a good woman.¨ These women are the ones they are talking about. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, we find traits many of these ladies seem to have in common. So the next time you talk to one of these ladies, don't forget to say "thank you" for their hard work and sacrifice for their service to the congregation.