This Sunday we are beginning a wonderful series of seven messages on the works of the cross of Jesus Christ. The work of Christ on the cross is to this day the hope of the sinner. It is the only hope of the world. Paul said First Corinthians 1:18, For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. In the day and time of Jesus Christ, the cross was seen as our electric chair or as the gallows. Slaves and the lowest of criminals were subjected to the crucifixion of the cross. To preach the cross was ridiculous. To those that perished and are perishing, the preaching of the CROSS was laughable!
Phillips said, “The idea of a god becoming a man was not so strange. But that he should be born in a reeking cow barn, be raised in poverty and obscurity, go about doing good with no thought of reward, meekly accept insults, and false accusations, and, finally, submit to the unspeakable ignominy and torment of death by crucifixion, well, that was nonsense!”
But unto us which are saved, Paul said, the cross is the power of God!
I encourage you to survey the New Testament before Sunday and read all the verses that mention, the cross. The greatest gift God ever gave the world was the cross. The apostle whose life had been changed by the Lord Jesus went on to say, But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world (Galatians 6:14).