The cross is the love of God.
The cross is the gift of God.
The cross is the power of God.
Some key verses:
Jn 3:16, Ro 6:23, 1Co 1:17,18, 1Co 1:23,24
It is false to think that we can be saved by our good works.
It is false to think that the cross condones sin.
Some key verses:
Eph 2:8,9, Ro 6:1,2
The Cross is the Love of God
The cross is the love of God. (
Isa 49:15,16, Jn 3:16, Jn 15:13)
The Cross is the Gift of God
Salvation is a free gift to all who believe. (
Ro 3:23,24, Ro 5:16,17, Ro 6:23, Rev 22:17)
Salvation is not by works. (
Isa 64:6, Ro 3:28, Ro 4:13, Ro 9:30-33, Ro 11:5,6, Gal 2:16, Eph 2:8,9, Tit 3:4,5)
The Cross is the Power of God
The cross is the power of God. (
Jn 12:32,33, Ro 1:16, 1Co 1:17,18, 1Co 1:23,24, 1Co 2:1-5, 1Co 13:8 (charity = love = the cross), 2Co 5:14-17 (for verse 16, compare 1Co 2:14))
We are to be Crucified with Christ
We are to be crucified with Christ. (
Mt 10:38, Ro 6:6, 2Co 4:10, Gal 2:20, Gal 5:24, Gal 6:14)
We are to be dead to sin. (
Ro 6:1,2, Php 3:18,19, 1Jn 3:4-9, Rev 12:17)
We are to be living, spiritual sacrifices. (
Ro 12:1,2, 1Pe 2:5)
The Cross Remembered
Last supper (
"... this is my body. ... this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins."
Prayer, sorrow, agony, wrestling.
The disciples slept.
Betrayed with a kiss.
Did not call on the angels to rescue Him.
"Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."
Spit in His face, struck Him with their fists, slapped Him, mocked Him
Pilate and Herod (
Lk 23:6-23, Mt 27:11-14,20-26)
Silent to accusations
The throng chose Barabbas over Jesus
People said "His blood be on us, and on our children." (
Chief priests said "We have no king but Caesar." (
Jesus scourged (whip with lacerating ends). (
Mt 27:27-31, Jn 19:2,3)
Crown of thorns
Hit His head with a reed
Hit His face with their hands
Spat upon Him
Mt 27:33-51, Mk 15:22-39, Lk 23:33-48, Jn 19:17-37)
Simon from Cyrene forced to carry His cross.
Golgotha (The Place of a Skull) (
Calvary [Gr. kranion (kran-ee'-on)] - "a skull ("cranium")" (Strong's Dictionary) (
Jesus refused to drink the pain killer mixed in an alcoholic drink.
People insulted and mocked Him, robbers also heaped insults on Him
"Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." (
"I thirst." (
Jn 19:28 compare Ps 69:21)
"Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother!" (
"Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit:" (
Lk 23:46 compare Ps 31:5)
"It is finished." (
Curtain of the temple torn in two from the top to the bottom (
Mk 15:38, see Heb 10:19-22)