Several (but far from all) Powerful Messages of the Cross



For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Cor. 1:18


1)  Power
* Romans 8:11 

* Think about this, it doesn’t get anymore ‘done, finished, destroyed, hopeless’ than death. When something dies, that is it. 

* As we saw with Jesus and the cross, death is no match for God’s Spirit as it rose Jesus back to life from the dead!!! 

* That exact same Spirit is inside you!!! 

* What do you think about this and/or how then do we rely on/tap into God’s Spirit rather 
than rely on ourselves? 

2)  Hope
* Hebrews 6:18-20 

* What is the purpose of an anchor? 

* We have hope because Jesus, God’s own Son, is vouching for us. Anchors are for boats 
in a large body of water. If our souls are like boats, what would be the “waters” and 
how is this hope of Jesus an anchor for our souls? 

3)  Victory
* 1 Cor. 15:54-58 

* Why is death scary? 

* Thanks be to Jesus and the cross, we have victory over death!! How is this so? 

* Story of watching a recorded football game when you already know the result. 
Similarly, no matter how dark, hard, hopeless, defeated we can feel at various times in this present life – we already know the end result: VICTORY! So stand firm walking with God, for your labor of love for God is NEVER in vain thanks to Jesus!!! 

4)  Love
* Romans 5:6-8 

* Very rarely will anyone die for someone. 

* But when they do, they die for someone good. 

* The Message version states that Jesus died for us when we were of no use whatever to 
Him. 

* Death is the ultimate sign of love. Jesus demonstrated the ultimate sign of love for us 
when we had nothing to offer Him. What does that say about Jesus’ and God’s love for 
us? 

5)  Life/New Beginnings
* 2 Corinthians 5:17 

* In Christ, we are NEW creations! The old has gone, the new is here!!! 

* What does it mean we are new creations??? 

Side note: Ever wonder... “If I’m saved/a new creation, then why do I still struggle with sin?” Hebrews 10:14 reads “For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.” Jesus paid our debt and wiped our slate clean – because of this, we are perfect in the eyes of God, but He did not spare us from the process of being made Holy and molding our characters and growing close to God.
6) Confidence
* Hebrews 10:19-23 

* Because of Jesus, we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place – the place where God resides; essentially, we have confidence to go to our Father in his office and run and sit in His lap and just be with Him!!! 

7) Joy
* 1 Peter 1:8-9 

* Because of Jesus – we are filled with inexpressible and glorious joy. 

* If we aren’t joyful, it’s because we aren’t focused on Jesus. 

So as we take communion and the bread which represents Jesus’ body and the juice which represents His blood, let us reflect that these represent things such as Power, Hope, Victory, Love, Life, Confidence, Joy and the like!!!

Word Becomes Flesh

 

Emmanuel

The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (‭John‬ ‭1‬:‭14‬ HCSB)

The suburban group recently discussed Jesus' words and the power they can have in our lives. Much more powerful than any positive article we may read in the paper or any great philosopher's writings, the words of Jesus are transformative and give life; they are the very words of God.  God's word can't just be a source of do's and don'ts; it should dwell within us, be a part of us.  Jesus came to show us that God ultimately wants each of us to be His temple, a place for His Holy Spirit to dwell (1 Corinthians 3:16).  When we choose to follow Jesus, it is his word (along with the constant guidance of the Holy Spirit for those disciples who have accepted the message of Jesus and are baptized) that can continue to effect change in our lives and, God willing, bring others to Christ.