Sub-title: The Cross of Christ –
focal verse “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” Colossians 2:14 KJV.
In the early 1800s a small dog was frantically running and barking along a backwoods Kentucky road. It attracted someone’s attention who followed the dog to an old cave. A landslide had trapped the dogs young master inside the cave where he was slowly smothering. The young boy was rescued in time because of his little dogs run for help. The boy was Abe Lincoln, and that little dog made the difference in his life, and possibly the difference in the destiny of this nation.
Likewise the cross makes the difference in our lives. The difference between light and darkness; good and evil; victory and defeat; heaven and hell. Everything hinges on a person‘s relationship to Christ work on the cross.
As for the Apostle Paul said, “God for bid that I should glory save in the cross of Jesus Christ “(Galatians 6:15)
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 KJV
“And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:20 KJV
I. At The Cross CHRIST CLEANSED MY PAST.
“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” Colossians 2:14 KJV.
My sins will not get in the way of reaching heaven. Why? Because I’ve been redeemed!
a. Blotted out my sin. 14a
b. Banished away my sin. 14b
c. Bolted down my sin debt. 14c!
II. At The Cross CHRIST CHANGE MY POSITION.
a. I was a foreigner – Now I’m a Citizen.
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, Ephesians 2:19 NASB
The truth of the matter is I’m headed home. I’ll use my bible for a roadmap for my last stop is Heaven some sweet day!
🎶This world is not my home….
b. I was an enemy – Now I’m a Friend. Romans 5:10, 2 Corinthians 5:19
🎶Oh What a Friend we have in Jesus
Romans 5:10 NASB
2 Corinthians 5:19 NASB
c. I was stranger – Now I’m part of the family.
🎶I’m so glad I’m a part of the family of God
d. I was astray – Now I’m His!
“He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,” Ephesians 1:5 NASB
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,” John 1:12 NASB
I was lost and undone, without God and His Son but Jesus reached down for me; reached way down for me….
Romans 8:14-17 NASB
e. I was a slave – Now I’m Free!
Romans 6:16-23 NASB
i. Free from the penalty of sin
ii. Free from the power of sin
iii. (One day) Free from the presence of sin!
🎶I am redeemed by love divine, glory glory, Christ is mine!
d. I was condemned – Now I’m acquitted!
III. At The Cross CHRIST CLARIFIED MY PURPOSE.
“and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.” 2 Corinthians 5:15 NASB
a. He bought me for Himself
b. I belong to Him – All that I am
IV. At The Cross CHRIST CONQUERED MY PRIDE.
It is all about HIM!
‘Twas a life filled with aimless desperation
Without hope walked the shell of a man;
Then a hand with a nail print stretched downward
Just one touch then a new life began
And the old rugged cross made the difference
In a life bound for heartache and defeat;
I will praise Him forever and ever
For the cross made the difference for me
Barren walls echoed harshness and anger
Little faces ran in terror to hide;
Now those walls ring with love, warmth and laughter
Since the giver of life moved inside
There’s a room filled with sad, ashen faces
Without hope death has wrapped them in gloom;
But at the side of a saint there’s rejoicing
For life can’t be sealed in a tomb