Mar
25

The Crucifixion of Jesus — Easter sermon

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The Crucifixion of Jesus

Following is a powerful message I have preached several times through the years to remind people of the awesome love and work of Jesus on the cross. Please add other supporting texts and preach it to the glory of God.

Mark 15:16 Then the soldiers led Him away into the hall called Praetorium, and they called together the whole garrison. 17 And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head, 18 and began to salute Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing the knee, they worshiped Him. 20 And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him.  
21 Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His cross. 22 And they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull. 23 Then they gave Him wine mingled with myrrh to drink, but He did not take it. 24 And when they crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots for them to determine what every man should take.
25 Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him.

 

Like holding a diamond to the light and slowly turning it, you see different reflections and images of the diamond. Let’s look at the cross and allow the light of God’s word to see Jesus from five different perspectives through this message.

I want you to see Jesus as a:

1. A Sinless Substitute
Illus–Usually we think of a substitute as someone who fills in for the really good first string players. The substitute usually comes in when the game is won just to get some practice. However, imagine a basketball game where Michael Jordan came in as a substitute. Jesus was the perfection of humanity. The best that ever played the game of life. We had all fouled out and He came into the game and turned everything around. He died in our place to do for us what we could never do for ourselves.

2. A Selfless Savior
With reckless abandom Jesus threw himself in front of the train of wrath and judgement in order to knock us off the tracks and save our lives. He did it willingly. No power on earth could have put him on the cross outside his own will.
Jesus said that no one would take his life from him that he would lay it down of his own will.

Remember he told Peter that he could call for legions of angels to come and rescue him.

I once heard a preacher say that Jesus did not stay on the cross because he could not come down, but because he would not come down. Wow! What incredible love. It was not the nails in his hands that kept him there, it was the love in his heart.

3. A Suffering Servant
Imagine the pain and anquish of bearing all our sins. The weight of the curse rested on him and he willingly bore it to his death for us.

All the sin, the ugly, the hate, the envy, the murder, the lies, the unfaithfulness, the gossip, the brutality, the abuse, the evil man is capable of was placed on Jesus, the innocent who bore our guilt.

-His face was buffeted with clinched fists and slapped with open palms.
-His scalp was penetrated with long thorns beaten into his skin by cane poles.
-His beard was plucked from his face
-The spit of angry men drenched his face
-His back was ripped to shreds by a cat of nine tails whip made of leather strips onto which was sewn bits of rock and bone and metal.
-He had to bear the weight of a heavy timber beam
-His hands and feet were nailed to the cross
-His body twisted in spasms and he hang there having difficulty breathing
-He was mocked while he hung on the cross
-Our sins were placed on Him
-He experienced separation from HIs precious Father
-The earth he created hid its light from him
-His side was pierced
-His heart erupted

4. A Sufficient Sacrifice
He said, "It is finished." He declared our freedom by announcing he had paid for it in full.

Illus–Imagine Mr. Goodfellow informing you that he was giving you a new Lexus of your choosing just because he loved you. When it arrived and he placed the keys and title in your hands, you pitched a nickel into his hand saying you wanted to help pay for the car. Afterwards, you go around bragging how you and Mr. Goodfellow bought a new Lexus. We dare not brag that we have anything to do with purchasing our salvation. It does not rest on our imperfect works but on Jesus perfect work.

Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe…

5. A Submissive Son
He obeyed the will of the Father. In Gethsemane he laid it all down and said, Not my will but thine be done. He then picked up the cross and walked it out. When he could no longer walk, he hung there because of love for you and me.

The great exchange is that the sinless son God became a sinner so that we sinners could ultimately become sinless sons of God.

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Comments

  1. M.Ponniah says:

    use ful information to preach the word of God

  2. A very great and spirit annointed devotional,when i tought it along with my teaching to the young people in my church,they were very moved buy the Holy Spirit.Praise God for His love,grace,and mercy.

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