Christ and the Cross
Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth, “I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). Paul understood that Jesus’ sacrificial death to atone for our sins was the very heart of the gospel. It needs to be kept at the forefront of our attention today.
The lessons in this series focus on five specific truths about the cross. While these are “sermon outlines,” they can also be useful for personal Bible study or as the basis for small-group Bible discussions. May this study remind us that the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing!
The cross was the only way God could bring about our salvation and not violate the justice of His own character (Rom. 3:25,26). Jesus drank the cup of His suffering because it was not possible for it to be otherwise and our sins be forgiven.
It is irony of the highest order that Jesus gave us glory by submitting to shame and gave us victory by submitting to defeat — He gave us life by submitting to death (Hb. 2:14,15). The cross is the death of death by the death of Christ.
Sin is described in the Scriptures as the soiling of a soul that was once pure and clean. It is the blood of Christ that makes “cleansing” from sin possible (Rev. 1:5). In the words of the old hymn, “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”
However humbled we may be by God’s love and however moved to obedience and service, we need to be encouraged by the knowledge that God loved us and gave His Son for us. The love of God is that “which is in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:39), the One who died for us.
The Great Commission (Mt. 28:18–20) applies, at least indirectly, to every one of the Lord’s people. We each have been taught so that we might teach others, and there are important ways each of us can be involved in the preaching of the cross.