Purpose: The purpose of this study is to show through the Cross, the incredible, unstoppable love of God as well as his righteousness and justice—in other words, what God did to win our hearts and pay for the penalty for our sin. This study also stresses that we are saved by grace through our faith in the cross. An additional study on grace is here: Saved by Grace through Faith.
- Romans 3:22-26, 5:6-8. The cross is a demonstration of God’s justice in the face of sin. God would not be righteous if he simply looked the other way in the face of sin and evil. At the same time, the cross is the greatest demonstration of God’s love. God loved his enemy – you. Because God loves us, Jesus Christ died for our sins. (See also 1 John 3:16; 4:10)
- Mark 10:42-45. Jesus understood God’s plan for him to give himself as a ransom for us—to die for our sins. He could do this only because of his sinless life and his own love for us.
- Matthew 26:36-46: What choice did Jesus make for you that night in the garden? Read Matthew 20:17-19. Jesus knew this day would come!
- Matthew 26:52-54: What choice did Jesus make for you by not calling on the twelve legions of angels? Read John 12:27-28. Why did Jesus not seek to escape the Cross?
- Matthew 26:59-63, 27:11-14: False witnesses as well as false evidence were brought against Jesus. What choice did Jesus make for you by remaining silent and not defending Himself?
- Matthew 27:27-29: Jesus as a king could have chosen a crown of glory, but instead He chose the crown of thorns. What choice did Jesus make for you by choosing the crown of thorns?
- Matthew 27:38-44: The robbers, the chief priests, the elders of the law and the teachers all mocked Jesus and said, “Come down from the cross, if You are the Son of God!” What choice did Jesus make for you by staying nailed to the Cross? See the medical account to help you understand the depth of the suffering of Jesus.
- Isaiah 53. Written about 700 years before Jesus, this chapter predicted what the Messiah would do at the cross and why. (Note: In Luke 22:37, Jesus quotes from Isaiah 53 and says it was about him.) Read entire chapter. Points of emphasis:
- Isaiah 53:1-3 – despised and rejected
- Isaiah 53:4-6 – pierced for our transgressions; crushed for our iniquities; by his wounds we are healed. Suggestion: read this passage again putting in your own name.
- Isaiah 53:7-9 – like a lamb to the slaughter; for the transgressions of my people he was stricken. You may want to remind the person of the sins he/she described in earlier study.
- Isaiah 53:10-12 – he is a guilt offering; but after his suffering, he received satisfaction in his resurrection. (See also Psalm 22:1-18)
- Ephesians 2:1-10. What condition are we all in? We are dead in sins and transgressions. How much can a dead man do to improve his own condition? What then is the only way we can be saved? What do you learn about God in his passage? His love? His mercy? His grace? Grace is the word that the Bible uses to describe what God has done for us. We are saved by grace through faith. Faith is obedient trust in God (James 2:14-18). Here we trust what God has done in Jesus as the grounds of our salvation and commit our lives fully to him. (See also Titus 3:3-8 and for more insight into God’s heart see Luke 15:11-31)
- 1 Corinthians 1:18: You can only see the message of the Cross in one of two ways. For those who are perishing, the message of the cross is foolishness. Why? For those who are being saved, the message of the cross is the power of God. Why?
- Luke 23:39-43: Once nailed to their cross, all three would die. However, the question is not if they would die, but how did they die?
- One died for sin: Jesus.
- One died in sin: For him the Cross was foolishness and he was lost.
- One died to sin: For him the Cross was the power of God and he was saved.
- 1 Peter 2:21-25. Why did Jesus die on the cross for us? So that we might die to sin and live for the new righteousness that the cross provides. This is our response to the cross.
What impact do the Cross and the grace of God have on you?
Resources on The Cross:
- Watch this video entitled “The Bridge” for a powerful thought-provoking analogy to the cross: The Bridge
- Watch the Passion of Christ
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