As we look again at John's great lesson on love in I John 4:7-11, we observe that John seeks the manfiestation of God's love for us in the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. In this sermon we consider why Calvary is the best place in the world to get to know that God whom John says is love.
Luke 23:26-56 – The Crucifixion of Christ – Sermon Outline
Intro: Christ's ministry leads Him to the cross to die and pay for sin, and even in carrying and hanging from the cross, Christ continues to love and serve His Father and minister to His people.
Need: Christ's words and work of dying should move our hearts to take up our cross after Christ, to follow Him into life eternal and victory over evil, in loving devotion, admiration and praise of our Lord and Savior.
Theme: Christ warns and comforts while bearing the cross as the world watches & responds.
Christ with Simon the Cyrenian carries His cross & warns of coming judgment on Jerusalem. (26-31)
Christ on the cross asks the Father to forgive His crucifiers and comforts the repentant criminal. (32-43)
Christ dies on the cross after the crowd sees cosmic & cultic signs, and the faithful bury His body.
King of the Jews
How has the cross of Jesus Christ affected you?
Jesus' cross intersects lives (v. 21-28).
Jesus' cross causes offense (vv. 29-32).
Jesus' cross offers hope (Luke 23:39-43).
a. The water
b. The blood
c. The spirit
–The baptism of Jesus testified to his full humanity and identification with us, his
crucifixion testified of his substitutionary atonement on our behalf, and the Holy Spirit confirmed both events with his presence, and through the testimony of scripture.
d. The testimony of eyewitnesses
e. The testimony of God
The subjective testimony
a. To disbelieve Jesus is to defame God's character.
b. Eternal life is in Jesus alone.
c. You can know that you have eternal life.
In God's mercy and kindness, we have not just a Bible and Gospel message, but overwhelming evidence it is true and trustworthy. The Apostle John in his Gospel is determined to demonstrate the veracity of what he saw and knew. His purpose was for us to believe in Christ.