The Meaning of the Cross

      
Why do we call this Good Friday? Because we can stand firm in our conviction that Jesus has secured our salvation on the cross!
Music This Week

Call To Worship

  • Confession of Sins - Psalm 51:1-6
  • Assurance of Pardon - Psalm 103:8-12

Sermon Outline

  • Sermon Scripture - Isaiah 53
Introduction

How would you summarize the Christian faith?

  • The gospel boils down to the idea that man fell (Genesis 3) and God’s plan to redeem man through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
  • Christmas - we celebrate the great news of God becoming man
  • Easter - we celebrate the even greater news of Jesus' triumph over sin and death

The part we don't like as much is today

  • In order to save He had to die
  • The reality and weight of sin comes to bear at the cross

The essence of sin is we human beings substituting ourselves for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for us. We put ourselves where only God deserves to be; God puts himself where we deserve to be. - John Stott

Eternal Plan

Misconception - The cross was a backup plan

  • Jesus was a willing servant/savior
  • The beginning of the plan - Genesis 3:15
  • The plan was from the beginning of time - Ephesians 1:5-10
  • Jesus was a willing sacrifice - John 10:17-18
Our Sin, His Payment

Why? Wasn’t there some other way for this to happen?

  • Short answer - no
  • God is a just God and the punishment for sin is death - Romans 3:23
  • The reason that Christ suffered and died was for us - substitutionary atonement
  • Jesus took our place on the cross
  • Propitiation - Jesus satisfied the wrath of God on our behalf
  • Is Jesus the only true savior? YES! He is the only God-man
  • Christ’s death was worth infinite value because He is God. - Hebrews 10:4
What Christ Offers

What does all this really accomplish? Nothing short of a perfect redemption!

  • Christ came to save, and he did it perfectly - John 19:30
  • Life and death of Christ gives us everything needed for salvation
  • When God looks upon those who believe He no longer sees our sin and shame, but the righteousness of Christ!

The glorious news of the gospel is that we have gone from slaves to sin and death to slaves of Christ. We have gone from those who are alienated and far off to sons and daughters. We are now the children of God!

Conclusion

Now the daylight flees; Now the ground beneath Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two, Dead are raised to life; ”Finished!” the vict’ry cry.

(chorus)
This, the pow’r of the cross: Son of God—slain for us. What a love! What a cost! We stand forgiven at the cross.

The Power of the Cross - Words and music by Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend

Why do we call this Good Friday?
For no other reason than the fact that we can stand firm in our conviction that Jesus has secured our salvation on the cross!