CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS

Again I ask you when the last time that you have heard a message about the cross of Christ is?

Certain subjects seem to lớn fall by the wayside whenthe hearts of those in the church have grown cold, and some issues come khổng lồ life when the hearts of those in the church are passionate about Jesus and His gospel.

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Why the Cross is essential in Christianity is one of those subjects.

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Living According to lớn the Way of the Cross.

This is where many people stumble.

They can accept that the cross was a symbol of suffering và shame.

They can accept that Jesus paid the cost for our sin on the cross.

They can even accept that Jesus took all our suffering và shame on the cross & eliminated the enmity between God và us with the cross.

However, they have a hard time accepting the gọi to walk in the example of Jesus and pick up their cross andfollow Him.

Mark 8:34

< Take Up the Cross & Follow Him > When He had called the people lớn Himself, with His disciples also, He said khổng lồ them, “Whoever desires lớn come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, và follow Me.

To follow Jesus means khổng lồ follow His example.

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Now that does not mean that you build yourself a wooden cross & physically put yourself on it. Jesus did not put Himself on the cross; men did that to lớn Him.

However, He refused lớn bow tothe way of this world and its standards, và because He refused to vày that, He ended up on the cross.

For us khổng lồ follow Him, we also have to decide to become non-conformists. We must determine that we are going khổng lồ follow His example of humility, shame, & persecution for His namesake.

We have lớn decide to lớn live in the world but not lượt thích the world. We must have a different value system.

We must have a value system of following Him,placing our faith in Him, trusting Him and not trusting the values, thinking, or belief of the world.

Just as we are encouraged in the book of Hebrews, Jesus has khổng lồ become the model for our life and lifestyle.

Hebrews 12:2

looking unto Jesus, the author & finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, và has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

So are you willing lớn take up your cross (suffering & shame in the eyes of the world) andfollow Jesus?

I am.

Why is the cross important in Christianity?

It is not Christianity without living the lifestyle of Christ. The one who was entitled to lớn everything laid down that entitlement for everyone.