|Series Theme: Easter: Jesus Lifted Up|
Title: 1. The Work of the Cross
The Meaning & Effects of Easter
(What it is that provides complete security for us today, that convinces us of God's love for us, and which opens the way up for so much more in the future)
Jn 8:28 So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man , then you will know that I am the one I claim to be.”
Three Liftings in this series
What follows are the outline notes given at this seminar in Lent 2014
1. The Work of the Cross
(Jesus lifted in death)
i.e. When does the story of Easter begin – before all else.
See: Jn 17:24, 1 Pet 1:20, Rev 13:8, Eph 1:4, 2 Tim 1:9, Tit 1:2,
Fulfilled: Acts 2:23
We have just noted, Jesus put to death on the Cross. But what was happening there? How did it work out for us?
1 Cor 15:3, Heb 9:26, Mt 26:28, 1 Jn 2:2, 1 Jn 3:5, Rev 1:5
1 Pet 2:24, Isa 53:12, Isa 53:5 1 Pet 3:18
1 Cor 1:18 - the straw a drowning man grasps at
The Battle on the Cross
Ex 12:5, 1 Pet 1:19 - it had to be a perfect lamb
Jesus, the Lamb of God, had to remain perfect Jn 1:29,36, Rev 5:6
He was beaten, thrashed & crucified – incredible physical pain
He was made sin - 2 Cor 5:21 - as he took our sin – incredible moral pain
He was mocked and derided by the demonic hoards as well as people - Psa 22:12-17 – incredible spiritual pain
It was so bad it felt (humanly) like he was cut off from the Father- something that had never happened before - Matt 27:46 (but the Father never turned away!)
He was crushed - Isa 53:5 - but did not give way - Heb 4:15 – he remained the perfect sacrifice, without blemish, and in complete control John 19:30
Why did Jesus have to go to the Cross?
His purpose: Mt 1:21 "he will save his people from their sins."
Consider our state before we met Christ (what Satan tempts us to fall back to)
Isa 53:4-6 Consider it in reverse order:
v.6 (Summary of what we do)
Gone astray : God has a perfect design for us, and we've drifted away from it – willfully or accidentally
Own way: our way instead of His. See Jer 2:13
v.5 (The Sins – specifics of what we do)
Transgressions: rule breaking or going beyond defined boundaries, may be willful, may be accidental or out of ignorance
Iniquities wickedness – godlessness, wrong attitudes, then wrong words and then wrong deeds, which develop into worse and worse
v.4 (Consequences of what we do)
Infirmities: infirm – unsure, unstable, uncertain of ourselves
Sorrows: the anguish of being like this, and experiencing a fallen world - e.g. hurts and wounds of abuse, we anguish because we are less than we could or should be – (the origins of all low self esteem)
But don't forget for us today:
Gal 6:1 this is God's instruction to help us when we fall
1 Jn 2:1 i.e. if we do blow it He speaks up for us
To Summarise, before we met Christ:
we had wandered off the right path of God's design for us, having decided
to do our own thing
The Effect of the Cross
took on Himself (and from us):
YET note Jn 3:17 & Rom 8:1
So in what way does all this work out in daily life?
and shame do terrible things
in us. They:
strategies to cover ourselves
up (but essentially we feel naked.)
Struggle with Inadequacy :
not being what we wish we could be,
And so we
what does the Cross do?
…. or to put it another way…….
- takes away my bad motivation (the things that make me do the bad stuff), and my feelings of guilt, shame, inadequacy, inability etc.
takes away all the bad things I've
thought, said or done
- I am now a wonderful child of God
- all because of the Cross