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).
The crucifixion of Jesus is undoubtedly one of the single most significant events in history (and the other is his resurrection). But what was the crucifixion all about? What was its purpose and what did Jesus experience? These are what we explore in today's sermon.
Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a completely sinless life, and then was accused and crucified, and yet though His own falsely accused Him the Judge in this case said he seen no fault in this man. Jesus is God in the flesh, and created all the universe and yet came to live like a normal man and yet sinless. So He could be crucified and pay our sin debt. Jesus is our advocate before the Father.
Across the four gospels, seven utterances from Calvary's tree are recorded. They include words of compassion and desperation. Yet whatever range of emotions Jesus of Nazareth went through that day, he knew the sacrifice of himself was both necessary and sufficient for the redemption of his elect people.
The day Christ died was the most significant, prophesied, and expected of all days. We look at the sublime paradoxes of this astonishing day. We ponder the conduct of Christ to others as He calmly endured everything thrown at Him; and all for His people.
The Savior Rejected and Resurrected - Message 2 - Peter's Perspective - Mark 14:27-72 - Good Friday Service. We follow the Apostle Peter from the Upper Room through the Garden of Gethsemane to the trial of Jesus and His crucifixion. Peter swears his allegiance, falls asleep, swings his sword, denies His Savior, and disappears in hiding until after the resurrection. After all that, Jesus restores him.
The Savior: Rejected and Resurrected - Message 1 - The Savior Rejected - Acts 2:22-23. The Triumphal Entry - We celebrate it on Sunday as we gather for worship, but it actually happened on Monday. This was the very day that the Passover Lamb was chosen by Jewish families and brought into the house. Jesus entered Jerusalem and was proclaimed by the people to be their King. They cried out "Hosanna" which means "Save Now" and was a fulfillment of Psalm 118. A few days later that same week, on Friday, Jesus would be illegally tried, wrongly convicted, and executed by crucifixion on the hill called Golgotha. The Savior who had been sent to seek and save that which was lost would be rejected, just as the Scripture prophesied.