Date: October 18, 2020 ()

Bible Text: Mark 15 |

The Wonder of the Cross

Mark 15

Thought: Before Christ, the cross was despised. It was a symbol of the worse kind of cruelty and barbarity imaginable. The purpose of the cross was to execute criminals in the most hideous means, producing the greatest amount of pain and agony over an extended time. But, after Christ’s death on the cross, this despised symbol became a representation of unconditional love. It came to signify sacrifice and forgiveness representing the whole Christian faith. It went from an article of shame and reproach to pride and praise among the faithful.

 

The purpose of the cross, Mark 15:27-28

  • The fulfillment of Scripture
  • The forgiveness of sin

The pain of the cross, Mark 15:33-37

  • Seclusion
  • Suffering
  • Sorrow

The power of the cross, Mark 15:38-39

  • Access
  • Awe
  • Atonement, John 20:11-17

“Weak Christians are afraid of the shadow of the cross.”
– Thomas Brooks

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