The Beautifully Messy Cross
March 20, 2016 Series: The Cross
Passage: Mark 15:21–15:32
The cross gives glory to God
The cross provides access to God
knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God
1 Peter 1:18-21
The cross declares unspeakable love
The grand motive behind all of his words and deeds, behind his great sacrifice for us, is his undeserved, unmerited, unmitigated love for us.
The Gospel as Center
If Jesus had refused the cross or if in the end he had come down from the cross, it would have meant that there was a limit to God’s love, that there was something which that love was not prepared to suffer for men and women, that there was a line beyond which it would not go. But Jesus went the whole way and died on the cross, and this means that there is literally no limit to God’s love, that there is nothing in all the universe which that love is not prepared to suffer for us, that there is nothing, not even death on a cross, which it will refuse to bear for us.