August 3, 2014
Intro: This morning we found surprising speech and actions of Jesus
As He begins his last week… the passion.
- Different Kind of King and Different Way of Life!
We make Life Count by Giving it away
T/S – Jesus continues with inverted language… Cross
John 12: 27-33
Vs. 27 – “No one ever feared death like this man.” (Luther)
n Martyrs; Heroes; victims… Faced death with calm courage; even enthusiasm!
n Jesus sweat drops of blood and pleaded with the Father… “My soul troubled!”
n 2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24
The Cross is not what it Seems
ILL – Statue of Jesus… “He died in an Easter Egg Hunt”
The Cross might seem like Judgment on Jesus; but it is really the judgment of the World.
Exp – My death on the Cross will be Judgment on the World.
“Judge” = Crisis… a pivotal moment; turning point… decision
In rejecting Jesus, the World exposed itself as evil.
The story of the Crucifixion is a story of Judgment:
Leaders; Judas; Council; Crowds; Pilate…
This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world,
And men loved the darkness rather than the light for their deeds were evil!
App – the Cross stands as a monument to the darkness of … Sin.
Judgment upon this world!
The Cross might seem like victory for Satan; but it is really his Defeat.
Exp – “the ruler of this world” == Satan
The Liar; the Accuser of the brethren; always working
To kill, steal and destroy.
App – Through the Cross, he is crushed under the heel of Jesus!
The Cross might seem like the Humiliation of Jesus; but it is really His Exaltation.
Exp – The purpose of crucifixion was not to merely kill a man.
The purpose was to shame him --- mockery, nakedness, beatings, public exposure…
- Not quiet, not quick, NOT Private…
Odd for Jesus to say, “If I be Lifted up…”
This is language of Exaltation, Glory
ILL – Revelation 5 scene of praising the Lamb…
… Throne; seven horns; seven eyes; incense of prayer
- Standing …as if slain!
Worthy are You…for You were slain, and purchased
with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue
and people and nation.
The Cross might seem Repulsive; but it has a marvelous Attraction.
Exp – Crucifixion was ugly, difficult to watch…
Cicero called it the grossest, cruelest and most hideous
manner of execution. “Even the mere word “cross” must
Remain far from the lips of a Roman citizen.”
- Jesus calls the Cross a “Draw”
To tug, to drag, to compel or Attract..
NT = dragging Paul to prison; nets into boat..
Secular = Magnet to steel and hungy boy to bread
App – The Cross Draws people to Jesus!!
Conclusion: Who does the “Drawing”?
I (emphatic) will draw all men to Myself….
The Cross seems like the End of Jesus; but it is really Not!
Dr. Eric Frykenberg, missionary to India for 50+ years.
- What was the most difficult problem you faced?
- My heart would grow cold before God… too busy, discouraged…
I would take my bible and go off to the hills alone.
Read matthew 27… the story of the Crusicifixion..
I would wrap my arms around the Cross.
“And then, I’d be ready to go back to worl!”