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  • Let us today consider the cross. I want you to look at this cross for a moment and think what it says to you. There is so much meaning in the cross but perhaps today we must remind ourselves of how terrible the cross is, let us not just see some sanitized picture of the cross but see it as a horribly violent instrument of accusation and judgement.Two things we must see in the cross. Firstly: The cross was the final judgement on what was considered to be evil in the time of Jesus. Every society needs final punishment, needs to decide what they do with those that they need to remove from society, those they cannot rehabilitate. This is the cross it represents the final judgement of the day, when someone was accused of great evil and found guilty in Jerusalem they were taken outside of the city to Golgotha, the place were big problems were discarded. It was like a human rubbish dump, an extreme place of judgment.Secondly: The cross, this terrible tool of torture and rejection became a place of love and acceptance. Someone recently asked me how a God of love can do this to their son? . Nice one to have to answer on a little facebook chat box. My answer was something like this: Firstly we must remember that Jesus is God and that this wasn’t done to Him in as much as that He chose this, secondly this shows us God’s love for us in that He considered an eternity without us worse than dying such a horrible death on the cross. In a sense it’s like a mother that will go through the discomfort of pregnancy and the pain of giving birth for the promise of relationship. The cross is God stepping in the way of the bullet that was headed toward us.
  • Two things we must see in the cross. Firstly: The cross was the final judgement on what was considered to be evil in the time of Jesus. Every society needs final punishment, needs to decide what they do with those that they need to remove from society, those they cannot rehabilitate. This is the cross it represents the final judgement of the day, when someone was accused of great evil and found guilty in Jerusalem they were taken outside of the city to Golgotha, the place were big problems were discarded. It was like a human rubbish dump, an extreme place of judgment.Secondly: The cross, this terrible tool of torture and rejection became a place of love and acceptance. Someone recently asked me how a God of love can do this to their son? . Nice one to have to answer on a little facebook chat box. My answer was something like this: Firstly we must remember that Jesus is God and that this wasn’t done to Him in as much as that He chose this, secondly this shows us God’s love for us in that He considered an eternity without us worse than dying such a horrible death on the cross. In a sense it’s like a mother that will go through the discomfort of pregnancy and the pain of giving birth for the promise of relationship. The cross is God stepping in the way of the bullet that was headed toward us.
  • Rev 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, "It has come at last—salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth—the one who accuses them before our God day and night.

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  • 1. Final Judgement
  • 2. Rom 8:31-34 NLTWhat shall we say about such wonderful thingsas these? If God is for us, who can ever beagainst us? 32 Since He did not spare even Hisown Son but gave Him up for us all, wont Healso give us everything else? 33 Who daresaccuse us whom God has chosen for His own?No one--for God Himself has given us rightstanding with Himself. 34 Who then willcondemn us? No one--for Christ Jesus died for usand was raised to life for us, and He is sitting inthe place of honor at Gods right hand, pleadingfor us.
  • 3. Rom 8:1-3 KJVThere is therefore now no condemnation tothem which are in Christ Jesus, who walk notafter the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For thelaw of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hathmade me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law could not do, in that it wasweak through the flesh, God sending his ownSon in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin,condemned sin in the flesh: