“The Legacy of the Cross” a sermon by Pastor Richard Daughtridge 03/18/12

“The Legacy of the Cross” a sermon by Pastor Richard Daughtridge  03/18/12

 Jesus’ cross is still relevant even in year 2012. If it could talk, it would speak volumes on sin, pain, torture, agony, and even greater it would tell about the love that it came to represent.

How could Christ take such an evil device and turn it into a symbol of hope, faith, life and forgiveness ?

Pastor Builds Life Size Cross for sermon prop.

 The cross has remained the main emblem of Christianity for almost 2000 years.

In today’s sermon I’d like to share a message about a few words, spoken from that cross. These words have changed our lives,  our history on earth and our destiny in eternity.

I’d like to begin by introducing you to the old rugged cross. This cross I built up in the barn. Some of our men helped me stand it up in the church.  Notice the script at the top, the spikes, the feet mount, and the rope straps. 

As I built this old cross on the floor of our barn, I laid on it and reached for out for the two spikes. I did this to  measure for the foot prop where Christ’s feet would have been nailed.  I’ll have to say I got a little choked as I laid there for a moment just wandering why God loved me so much that he would take my place on the cross. No one should ever again be allowed to suffer such a barbaric cruel death. I guess that’s what the Bible meant when it said “Christ died once and for all.”

Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to  the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

 Rev. 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Galatians 3:13-14  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: [14] That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

 Mark 15:34    And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Luke 23:32    And there were also two others, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.

Luke 23:34    Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Luke 23:43    And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Luke 23:46  And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

John 19:23    Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.

John 19:26    When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!

John 19:28-31

After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. [29] Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. [30] When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said,: It is finished and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. [31] The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

Sermon Song : The Blood Will Never Lose It’s Power Page 334

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