Why do Christians Dwell on the Sufferings of Jesus
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. KJV
Does it ever seem to you that Christians have an obsession with the sufferings of Jesus Christ. I mean why do Christians dwell on it so much. They sing hymns about it. They read passages about it. They read and write books about His suffering. They hear sermons about the sufferings of Jesus. And they even make movies about His suffering. Why?
You would think that they would want to forget those horrible hours of Jesus' pain and humiliation. You would think that Christians would want to dwell more on the teachings or miracles of Jesus. Of all the things Jesus did and taught why focus on those darkest hours of His passion.
Well why then did millions of people line up to go see this movie, the Passion of the Christ? What is it that they get from the almost two hours of His suffering and shame?
If you do not understand all that, I hope you will by the end of the message.
- Jesus death is a testimony of His love for us.
- John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. NKJV
- Jesus wanted them to understand that it was His love that took Him to the cross.
- And each blow that He received and each drop of blood that He shed is a testimony of His love for you.
- Not simply to put His life on the line or to endanger Himself but to premeditatedly submit Himself to the torturers and to death.
- John 10:11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. NKJV
- The only way for us to live was for Him to die.
- Our eternal life in glory with His is due to that willing sacrifice.
- We appreciate Him more as we realize the depth that God went to in order to rescue us from sin and destruction.
- It was not the death of angels or of any other beings that would do.
- We were so lost and without hope that the only the sacrifice of God's Son would redeem us.
- Eph 2:11-13 Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh . . . 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. NKJV
- Col 1:19-22 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. 21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight NKJV
- Heb 9:11-12 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. NKJV
- We glory in the sacrifice of Jesus because it is the way of salvation, the only way.
- John 12:31-33 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die. NKJV
- Acts 4:12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." NKJV
- 1 Cor 1:18-25 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. 19 For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent." 20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. NKJV
Later as we come to this table, this table is for those who want to dwell on the sufferings of Jesus. That is what this table is about. It is about His broken flesh and the shed blood.
If you have not taken Jesus as your Savior, you can today.
This message was preached at FBC Toulon,
by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com