Sermon on why Jesus went to the cross

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  1. Imagining opening up the book of Matthew and finding that this book is 2,000is 2,000
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    Štetje svetopisemskih vrstic se za?ne z 1! Vrstica 0 ne obstaja!

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  2. We then turn to Mark we see that this account of Jesus’ life is also 2,000so 2,000
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    Štetje svetopisemskih vrstic se za?ne z 1! Vrstica 0 ne obstaja!

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  3. The book of Luke is another 2,000 pages.
  4. Then we come to John and it is 2,400is 2,400
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 IT HAS BEEN ESTIMATED THAT THE FOUR RECORDS OF JESUS’ LIFE COULD EASILY EXCEED MORE THAN 8,400 PAGES.

   a)      About 20% of what the 4 authors of  Jesus’ life said deals with the final three days of Jesus’ life.

b)      If these writers had written the same amount of information about Jesus’ 3 ½ year ministry,

c)      The 4 accounts of the Lord’s life would be more than 8,400 pages long. 

2)      Using 20% of the gospels to discuss Jesus’ final three days and this fact is significant.

3)      Jesus’ final three days on the earth were a time when some of the greatest events in the world took place.

a)      One of these events took place on Calvary.

b)      When we think about who Jesus is we must say He was someone who was born to die.

c)      In Mt. 20:28Mt. 20:28
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28 even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

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Jesus said He came to give His life as a “ransom” for many.

d)     In Mk. 9:12Mk. 9:12
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12 And he said unto them, Elijah indeed cometh first, and restoreth all things: and how is it written of the Son of man, that he should suffer many things and be set at nought?

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Jesus said it was “written” that He was to be rejected and suffer.

4)      Many times before we partake of the Lord’s Supper we read some portion of Isa. 53 read.

a)      This Old Testament prophet said the Lord would be “numbered with transgressors” (Isa. 53:12Isa. 53:12
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12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out his soul unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors: yet he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

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b)      Thousands of years had led up to what took place on a cross about 2000 years ago.

c)      Because the cross was so central to God’s plan, Jesus’ final days make up about 1/5 of the gospels.

d)     The gospels are written as we have them because man has a serious problem called sin and           

e)      Because Jesus is the solution to this problem. 

5)      In the opening chapters of the Bible we read about sin – Adam and Eve both sinned.

6)      In the final chapters of the Bible we also read about sin.

7)      As our English Bibles end, God says people are eternally condemned because of sin or forgiven.

8)      One of God’s most popular messages to the world throughout time has involved sin sin.

9)      Sin was a common subject for Old Testament prophets. 

10)  One of the great passages in the Old Testament is Isa. 59:1-2Isa. 59:1-2
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59 1 Behold, Jehovah's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2 but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, so that he will not hear.

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a)      We heard this for our scripture reading – sin separates people from God.

b)      Sin causes (figuratively speaking) God to “hide his face” from people. 

11)  Eph. 2:13Eph. 2:13
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13 But now in Christ Jesus ye that once were far off are made nigh in the blood of Christ.

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says sin causes people to be “afar off from God.”
Jesus was willing to go to the cross and “made peace” with His sacrifice (Eph. 2:15Eph. 2:15
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15 having abolished in the flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; that he might create in himself of the two one new man, so making peace;

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a)      This “peace” is something that man really needs.

b)      Judg. 16:20Judg. 16:20
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20 And she said, The Philistines are upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times, and shake myself free. But he knew not that Jehovah was departed from him.

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c)      This departure was due to sin.

d)     The Old Testament tells of how the spirit of the Lord departed from Saul (1 Sam. 16:141 Sam. 16:14
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14 Now the Spirit of Jehovah departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from Jehovah troubled him.

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e)      This was also due to sin. 

12)  In life our physical bodies can absorb some deadly items in small amounts and still be okay.

13)  There are other times which will destroy us, even if the amount is very, very small.

14)  Sin is so powerful that the smallest amount of it will completely destroy our eternal spirit.

a)      Think of Gen. 3:6Gen. 3:6
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6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat; and she gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat.

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– Eve saw the forbidden fruit and ate of it.

b)      The Bible does not say this fruit was an apple – we do not know what the forbidden fruit was.

c)      We can, however, know a couple of things for certain.

d)     How many pieces of fruit did Eve need to eat before she was guilty of sin?

e)      Most have enough sense to realize that one piece of fruit was all she needed to eat to sin.

f)       Eve did not need to ingest a bushel basket full of this fruit to be affected and infected by sin.

g)      If only one piece was required, did Eve need to eat the entire piece of fruit?  No.

h)      The first bite was all that was necessary for Eve to be permanently stung by sin.

 15)  Can we imagine how powerful something is that just a single taste of it destroys us?

16)  This is what the Bible teaches about sin in the opening chapters of the Bible. 

17)  This point is not limited to Gen. 3; it is also taught in Gen. 19.

a)      Gen. 19 is the place where we read about Lot and his family.

b)      Heavenly beings showed up and said some cities were going to be destroyed.

c)      Lot and his family needed to flee to safety.

d)     Lot “lingered” (Gen. 19:16Gen. 19:16
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16 But he lingered; and the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters, Jehovah being merciful unto him; and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

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) and the Bible says the heavenly beings “laid hold on his hand.”

e)      When heavenly beings say “it is time to go,” it is time to go.

f)       The heavenly visitors said those leaving were not supposed to look back. 

18)  This point is specifically made in Gen. 19:17Gen. 19:17
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17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the Plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

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19)  When God says “do not do something” and people do it, they are guilty of sin (they break God’s law).

20)  It does not take much effort to sin; we all break God’s laws at one time or another.

21)  The people with Lot knew what was said, but Lot’s wife decided to look back – Gen. 19:26Gen. 19:26
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26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

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a)      How many looks did Lot’s wife need to take before she was guilty of sin?  Just one.

b)      Like the fruit eaten by Eve (and Adam), only the minutest amount of sin makes us guilty before God.

22)  A lot of people in life think they are going to be okay because they are not murderers and bank robbers. 

23)  Eve and Lot’s wife were not bank robbers and murderers.

24)  These two women, by our standards, were guilty of small things.

25)  How could eating a piece of fruit and taking a look back at one’s home be that big of a deal?

26)  The answer is that these actions were a violation of God’s will.

27)  These small acts were enough to dirty their soul to the point where they needed forgiveness.

28)  If they did not obtain forgiveness, they will be eternally separated from God. 

29)  Lest someone walk away and think I only used ladies for illustrations, let’s turn to males for a moment.

a)      It is true that women have been guilty of small things that made them guilty before God.

b)      Men have been and are just as guilty.

c)      In 2 Sam. 6 we read of how the Ark of the Covenant was being transported.

d)     2 Sam. 6:62 Sam. 6:6
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6 And when they came to the threshing-floor of Nacon, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen stumbled.

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e)      This is a story that we can understand without difficulty. 

30)  Imagine if we transporting something like a glass window.

31)  The glass started to tip and we could see that it was about to fall.

32)  Our natural reaction would be to reach out and try to prevent an accident.

a)      Let’s suppose that we were told before we started out that we were not authorized to touch the glass.

b)      Everything is going fine until right towards the last and our glass begins to fall.

c)      Many would still have a natural tendency to reach out and try to prevent the accident.

33)  We might act before we think about the instruction to not touch the glass.

34)  Uzzah was not entitled to touch the ark, but he reached out when the oxen stumbled.

35)  Today some would compliment him.

a)      Some would say, “Yes, he was not authorized to touch the ark.  An accident was about to happen.”

b)      “Uzzah prevented the accident and his actions are commendable.”

c)      This is now how this story reads – 2 Sam. 6:62 Sam. 6:6
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6 And when they came to the threshing-floor of Nacon, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen stumbled.

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d)     Sin comes from the smallest of things and sin is serious, serious business. 

36)  Men sin and women sin.  In some cases husbands and wives sin together.

37)  Do we remember the story about Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11Acts 5:1-11
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5 1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2 and kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thy heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 While it remained, did it not remain thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thy power? How is it that thou hast conceived this thing in thy heart? thou has not lied unto men, but unto God. 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down and gave up the ghost: and great fear came upon all that heard it. 6 And the young men arose and wrapped him round, and they carried him out and buried him. 7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much. And she said, Yea, for so much. 9 But Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to try the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them that have buried thy husband are at the door, and they shall carry thee out. 10 And she fell down immediately at his feet, and gave up the ghost: and the young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her by her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church, and upon all that heard these things.

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a)      This husband and wife were both Christians and these  church members are important.

b)      Some would look at the preceding references and say, “Those are all Old Testament passages.”

c)      “In the New Testament we find all kinds of grace and mercy associated with God. 

38)  There was grace and mercy in the Old Testament and the New Testament does not excuse small sins.

a)      Acts 5 says Ananias (the husband) lied about a contribution to the church.

b)      His wife came in a little later; she also lied and died.

39)  Our world thinks that many lies are insignificant; some think that some lies are actually good.

40)  The smallest lie is enough to eternally separate us from God.

a)      Teresa and I recently learned about someone who got a speeding ticket (not a member here).

b)      The ticket was issued for going just 5 mph over the speed limit.

c)      Some of the comments about the ticket were, “I can’t believe they issued a ticket for 5 miles over.” 

41)  We often have a hard time seeing “little things” (small sins) as “big things.”

42)  God does not see things as we do.

43)  Any sin is a “big thing” –Jesus had to go to the cross for what we think of big sins as well as small sins.

44)  What the Lord did was truly spectacular.

45)  Listen to 2 Cor. 8:92 Cor. 8:9
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9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might become rich.

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a)      Through Christ we become “rich.”

b)      A lot of  people think of “rich” in secular terms.

c)      If we have more money than we can ever spend, then some think they are rich. 

46)  Some would say a rich man is someone who:

47)  He has 7 cars, one for every day of the week.

48)  He has homes in a dozen places throughout the world.

49)  He has private jets that are always at his disposal.

50)  He is surrounded by personal assistants, maids, aids, and advisors.

51)  This man also has more money than 100 people could spend.

52)  Such a man might be regarded as rich by the world, but he is really one of the poorest men who has ever lived.

53)  Unless this man has been washed in the blood of the lamb, he really has nothing.

a)      Every single sin he has committed will be brought up on the day of judgment.

b)      When this man’s life ends, how rich will he be?  He will have lost it all.

c)      I submit that people as I just described are among the poorest people in the world. 

54)  The person who has been cleansed from every single sin is rich beyond words, 2 Cr. 8. 

55)  Part of the wealth in Christ is found in the fact that God never wants to give up on people.

56)  Adam and Eve broke the first rule God gave to man, but God did not quit on them.

57)  Sarah laughed about the idea of having a child, but God did not turn from her.

58)  Moses went into hiding for quite a while, but God didn’t forsake him.

59)  David plotted against Uriah and had him killed, but God did not turn away from David.

60)  The nation of Israel was destroyed, but God did not forget about the nation He had redeemed.

61)  Peter denied the Lord, but Jesus did not count this sin as being too much to forgive. 

62)  Sin is man’s worst problem, Jesus came to cure that problem, and God is a persistent physician.

63)  For thousands of years God has been in the business of curing men from sin.

64)  Today as we assemble here:  Have we received the proper treatment for this terrible problem?

65)  The cross tells us that sin is man’s worst problem, but God has the cure for sin.

66)  Sin promises liberty, but it brings slavery.

67)  Sin appears to be attractive, but it is really ugly.

If you like this trimmed down outline, please check out my other materials, especially the NEW First Corinthians commentary available at www.abiblecommentary.com — this is really a GREAT commentary.

One page sermon outline:

Why Jesus went to the cross

 a)      When we think about who Jesus is we must say He was someone who was born to die.

b)      In Mt. 20:28Mt. 20:28
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28 even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

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Jesus said He came to give His life as a “ransom” for many.

c)      In Mk. 9:12Mk. 9:12
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12 And he said unto them, Elijah indeed cometh first, and restoreth all things: and how is it written of the Son of man, that he should suffer many things and be set at nought?

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Jesus said it was “written” that He was to be rejected and suffer.

2)      Many times before we partake of the Lord’s Supper we read some portion of Isa. 53 read.

3)      In the opening chapters of the Bible we read about sin – Adam and Eve both sinned.

4)      One of the great passages in the Old Testament is Isa. 59:1-2Isa. 59:1-2
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

59 1 Behold, Jehovah's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2 but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, so that he will not hear.

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a)      Sin separates people from God.

b)      Sin causes (figuratively speaking) God to “hide his face” from people.

5)      Eph. 2:13Eph. 2:13
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13 But now in Christ Jesus ye that once were far off are made nigh in the blood of Christ.

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says sin causes people to be “afar off from God.”
Jesus was willing to go to the cross and “made peace” with His sacrifice (Eph. 2:15Eph. 2:15
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

15 having abolished in the flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; that he might create in himself of the two one new man, so making peace;

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a)      This “peace” is something that man really needs.

b)      Judg. 16:20Judg. 16:20
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20 And she said, The Philistines are upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times, and shake myself free. But he knew not that Jehovah was departed from him.

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.

c)      The Old Testament tells of how the spirit of the Lord departed from Saul (1 Sam. 16:141 Sam. 16:14
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

14 Now the Spirit of Jehovah departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from Jehovah troubled him.

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).

6)      Sin is so powerful that the smallest amount of it will completely destroy our eternal spirit.

a)      Think of Gen. 3:6Gen. 3:6
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat; and she gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat.

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– Eve saw the forbidden fruit and ate of it.

b)      How many pieces of fruit did Eve need to eat before she was guilty of sin?

c)      Eve did not need to ingest a bushel basket full of this fruit to be affected and infected by sin.

d)     The first bite was all that was necessary for Eve to be permanently stung by sin.

7)      This point is not limited to Gen. 3; it is also taught in Gen. 19.

a)      Lot “lingered” (Gen. 19:16Gen. 19:16
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16 But he lingered; and the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters, Jehovah being merciful unto him; and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

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) and the Bible says the heavenly beings “laid hold on his hand.”

b)      The heavenly visitors said those leaving were not supposed to look back.

8)      This point is specifically made in Gen. 19:17Gen. 19:17
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the Plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

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– READ

9)      When God says “do not do something” and people do it, they are guilty of sin (they break God’s law).

10)  It does not take much effort to sin; we all break God’s laws at one time or another.

11)  The people with Lot knew what was said, but Lot’s wife decided to look back – Gen. 19:26Gen. 19:26
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26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

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a)      How many looks did Lot’s wife need to take before she was guilty of sin?  Just one.

12)  A lot of people in life think they are going to be okay because they are not murderers and bank robbers.

13)  Eve and Lot’s wife were not bank robbers and murderers.

a)      Males have been and are just as guilty.

b)      2 Sam. 6:62 Sam. 6:6
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6 And when they came to the threshing-floor of Nacon, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen stumbled.

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says the “oxen stumbled.”

14)  Uzzah was not entitled to touch the ark, but he reached out when the oxen stumbled.

15)  Today some would compliment him.

a)      2 Sam. 6:62 Sam. 6:6
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6 And when they came to the threshing-floor of Nacon, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen stumbled.

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b)      Sin comes from the smallest of things and sin is serious, serious business.

16)  Men sin and women sin.  In some cases husbands and wives sin together.

17)  Do we remember the story about Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11Acts 5:1-11
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

5 1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2 and kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thy heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 While it remained, did it not remain thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thy power? How is it that thou hast conceived this thing in thy heart? thou has not lied unto men, but unto God. 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down and gave up the ghost: and great fear came upon all that heard it. 6 And the young men arose and wrapped him round, and they carried him out and buried him. 7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much. And she said, Yea, for so much. 9 But Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to try the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them that have buried thy husband are at the door, and they shall carry thee out. 10 And she fell down immediately at his feet, and gave up the ghost: and the young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her by her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church, and upon all that heard these things.

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18)  Jesus had to go to the cross for what we think of big sins as well as small sins.

19)  What the Lord did was truly spectacular.  2 Cor. 8:92 Cor. 8:9
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9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might become rich.

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a)      Through Christ we become “rich.”

b)      A lot of  people think of “rich” in secular terms.

20)  Sin is man’s worst problem, Jesus came to cure that problem, and God is a persistent physician.

21)  For thousands of years God has been in the business of curing men from sin.

22)  Today as we assemble here:  Have we received the proper treatment for this terrible problem?

23)  The cross tells us that sin is man’s worst problem, but God has the cure for sin.

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