Why the Cross?

 

Why Was it Necessary to Have the Old Rugged Cross?

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                                   Why The Cross?

1 Peter 3:18

Adrian Rogers / Now in Heaven

  1. INTRODUCTION     
    1. Christmas is a happy occasion as we celebrate, around a Christmas tree, the birth of a baby.
    2. But there is another tree, an old rugged cross, that we will think about today.
    3. The cradle, crucifixion and coronation are inextricably interwoven and linked together.
  2. THE SUBSTITUTIONARY PURPOSE OF THE CROSS  (1 Peter 3:18)
    1. We are the unjust this verse of Scripture refers to.
      1. We are sinful by birth.
      2. We are sinful by nature.
      3. We are sinful by practice.
    2. God is holy and cannot overlook sin.  If God were to overlook sin, He would no longer be a holy God.
    3. Sin brings a penalty, and sin must be punished.
      1. Romans 6:23
    4. Not only is God holy, but God is also loving; so, God must have a way that He can have sin punished and yet have us forgiven, and that method is substitution.
    5. There must be someone who pays the penalty for sin, and that someone is Jesus.
    6. God prophesied the cross and substitution in the Old Testament, many years before Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.
      1. Abraham and Isaac
        1. Genesis 17:19
        2. Genesis 22:1-14
          1. Hebrews 11:17-19
        3. Mt. Moriah is the same mountain on which Jesus was crucified.
        4. Isaac, in obedience to his father, submitted to being bound and placed upon the altar.
          1. John 10:18
        5. Jehovah –Jireh means “The God Who Will Provide.”
        6. John 8:56
      2. The Passover lamb is a picture of substitution.
        1. Exodus 12:1-13
        2. John 1:29
  3. THE SUFFERING PASSION OF THE CROSS  (1 Peter 3:18) THE SATISFYING PROVISION OF THE CROSS  (1 Peter 3:18 and Colossians 2:14)
    1. The emotional suffering  (Luke 22:41-44)
    2. The physical suffering
    3. The spiritual suffering  (Isaiah 53:10 and 1 Peter 3:18)
      1. Habakkuk 1:13
      2. Psalm 23:4
  4. THE SAVING POWER OF THE CROSS  (1 Peter 3:18)