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WHO IS THIS?
SO GREAT A SALVATION
Therefore we must pay much closer
attention to what we have heard, lest
we drift away from it. 2 For since the
message declared by angels proved
to be reliable, and every
transgression or disobedience
received a just retribution,
3 how shall we escape if we neglect
such a great salvation? It was declared
at first by the Lord, and it was attested to
us by those who heard, 4 while God also
bore witness by signs and wonders and
various miracles and by gifts of the Holy
Spirit distributed according to his will.
The Atonement is the act of God
by which sins are covered by the
price of shed blood, the wages
of sin have been paid, and God
can once again look upon us
with favour.
"I asked her what was so scary about
unmerited free grace? She replied
something like this: If I was saved by
my good works—then there would be
a limit to what God could ask of me
or put me through. I would be like a
taxpayer with rights.
I would have done my duty and now I
would deserve a certain quality of
life. But if it is really true that I am a
sinner saved by sheer grace—at God's
infinite cost—then there's nothing he
cannot ask of me."
Tim Keller
THE PRICE OF SALVATION
—THE CROSS
THE CROSS IS HORRIBLE
AND YET POWERFUL
The Scriptures do not hide the
shame and agony that was
involved for Jesus.
Isaiah 50:6
6 I offered my back to those
who beat me, my cheeks to
those who pulled out my beard;
I did not hide my face from
mocking and spitting.
Psalm 22:12-18
14 I am poured out like water, and
all my bones are out of joint…
My heart has turned to wax; it has
melted within me.
16 Dogs surround me, a pack of
villains encircles me;
they pierce my hands and my feet.
17 All my bones are on display;
people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among
them and cast lots for my
garment.
Roman crucifixion has been
universally recognised as being
the most cruel form of public
execution ever devised.
It was a horrific, slow, painful
and humiliating death.
“All God’s plans have the mark
of the cross on them, and all
His plans have death to self in
them.”
E. M Bounds
...who for the joy set before him
endured the cross...
1 Corinthians 1:17–18
17 For Christ did not send me
to baptize, but to preach the
gospel—not with wisdom and
eloquence, lest the cross of
Christ be emptied of its power.
18 For the message of the
cross is foolishness to those
who are perishing, but to us
who are being saved it is the
power of God.
A.W. Tozer,
‘‘The old cross is a symbol of
death. It stands for the abrupt,
violent end of a human being.
In Roman times the man who
took up his cross…
… and started down the road
was not coming back. He was
not going out to have his life
redirected, he was going out
to have it ended.’’
THE BENEFITS OF THE
CROSS
TO BRING US
BACK TO GOD
…for Christ died for sins once
for all, the righteous for the
unrighteous, to bring you to
God
1Peter 3:18
Draw near to God and he will
draw near to you
James 4:8
Man’s Problem–
Separation
Man’s Attempt–
Falls Short
God’s Solution–
The Cross
Man’s Response–
Receiving Christ
TO DEAL WITH GUILT AND MAKE
FORGIVENESS POSSIBLE
…in him we have the
forgiveness of sins
Ephesians 1:7
GUILT
CONDEMNATION
FEELING UNWORTHY
FORGIVENESS IS A FACT
FROM GOD’S POINT OF VIEW
TO DEAL WITH ANXIETY
AND CARE
“Come to me, all you who are
weary and burdened, and I
will give you rest”
Matthew 11:28
“...All of you, clothe yourselves
with humility toward one
another, because,
"God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the
humble."
Humble yourselves, therefore,
under God's mighty hand, that
he may lift you up in due time.
Cast all your anxiety on him
because he cares for you. ”
1Peter 5:5-7
TO PROVIDE FOR US
“The devil does not mind us
believing in God as long as he
is a god who does nothing”
So, what do you think? With God on our
side like this, how can we lose? If God
didn’t hesitate to put everything on the
line for us, embracing our condition and
exposing himself to the worst by sending
his own Son, is there anything else he
wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?
Romans 8:32 [TM]
If you are in need come back
to the cross.
After Jesus every other
provision is minor!
If you are in need come back
to the cross.
After Jesus every other
provision is minor!
TO RELEASE THE
HEALING POWER OF GOD
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.
1Peter 2:24
God has established the
principle of healing in the death
and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus
died bruised and broken but He
was raised healed and whole.
TO RESCUE US FROM
DEATH - TO GIVE US LIFE
The thief comes only to steal
and kill and destroy; I have
come that they may have life,
and have it to the full.
John 10:10
TO OVERCOME THE
WORLD AND THE DEVIL
…having disarmed the powers
and authorities, he made a
public spectacle of them,
triumphing over them by the
cross
Colossians 2:15
‘…everyone born of God overcomes
the world. This is the victory that
has overcome the world, even our
faith. Who is it that overcomes the
world? Only he who believes that
Jesus is the Son of God.’
1 John 5:4,5
‘…everyone born of God overcomes
the world. This is the victory that
has overcome the world, even our
faith. Who is it that overcomes the
world? Only he who believes that
Jesus is the Son of God.’
1 John 5:4,5
Outside of the cross of Jesus Christ,
there is no hope in this world. That cross
and resurrection at the core of the
Gospel is the only hope for humanity.
Wherever you go, ask God for wisdom
on how to get that Gospel in, even in the
toughest situations of life.
Ravi Zacharias