Sermons

Victory from the Cross

In “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” we beard the Savior’s cry of desolation; in his words “I thirst” we listened to his cry of lamentation. Now there falls upon our ears his cry of jubilation—“It is finished.”

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Anguish and Suffering from the Cross

“I thirst,” were the words spoken by the suffering Savior a little before he bowed his head and gave up the spirit. God moved David to say of the coming Messiah, “They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink” (Ps. 69:21). How marvelously complete was the prophecy.

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The Burial and Resurrection of Christ

In the mind of the Jewish religious leaders, the crucifixion of Christ had once and for all dissolved the movement about Jesus. When He rose triumphant from the dead, the claims and teachings of our Lord were undeniably validated. The resurrection revitalized the feeble faith of the disciples and became the heart of the message they began to preach. It forced the enemies of the cross to face their responsibility for rejecting God’s Messiah and to reconsider the person and work of Jesus Christ.

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Jesus’ Words from the Cross

The death of Christ was unique, miraculous, supernatural. The words Jesus spoke from the cross reveal the excellencies our salvation; and inform us of the purpose, the meaning, the sufferings, and the sufficiency of the death divine.

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Happy Are the Harassed

Those who faithfully live according to the first seven beatitudes will inevitably be persecuted for it. Godliness generates hostility and antagonism from the world. Kingdom people are singularly blessed, but they pay a price for it.

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Happy Are the Holy

In contrast to the outward, superficial, and hypocritical religion prevalent during Jesus’ life, Jesus said that it is in the inner man, in the core of his very being, that God requires purity.

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Happy Are the Hungry

In this fourth Beatitude, Jesus shows that every person is only as close to God as they want to be. Here He teaches that as our desire to be close to God intensifies, we will be filled with God’s righteousness.

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Happy Are the Meek

Most of Jesus’ hearers, like fallen men throughout history, were concerned about justifying their own ways, defending their own rights, and serving their own ends. The way of meekness was not their way, and therefore the true kingdom was not their kingdom, but meekness has always been God’s way for man.

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