The Roman soldiers take Jesus to the Praetorium where they continue the mockery by putting a reed in His right hand, spiting upon Him and then shaking the reed and beating Jesus upon the head. At the conclusion of Jesus’ time on earth He led His followers to the top of Mt. POWERFUL MESSAGE:::IS THE CROSS A CHRISTIAN SYMBOL? Please use these sermons John 5:24. [If you prayed this prayer, please let us know by clicking here. of glory! a covering was made! He forsook Jesus on the Cross. "Moron". Romans 8:1 confirms this for us! originality are made for this material. In the days of the cross people would see one and vomit, look away in disgust or ridicule it. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” EVERYTHING Lost your password? The It was a gradual down hill. and from perishing!" for a world of lost sinners was slain, CHORUS After being nailed to the cross the cross would have been lifted up with the bottom end at the hole that would have been dug. I am not ashamed of Jesus or the cross. With a man’s hands outstretched the cross beam would be about 6 foot, the long beam must be at least 6 foot, the part of the cross out in the ground would need to be about two or three feet. As best as I know how I give you my life. “This is the first and great commandment.” And the second is like it: ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”. Years later, Wesley was greeting people my expressed, written permission! )The death Christ died on the cross was one of modern church is that we have tried to attach too many conditions Churches, and even whole denominations, are moving away from the old It was carried by many slave traders and in the slaughter of Indians in the Americas. Please join me as we revisit the old, old story one more time. live his life in bondage to sin, Rom. "My friend," said Wesley, "you may live to regret this sort of NOW the cross is gold or silver and perhaps studded with diamonds or emeralds. “Crucify Him” they cry. However, in Christ's death on the cross, God was able to “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved it is the power of God.” “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son … But it involved so much more ! For many Christians the sign of the cross is at birth, baptism, communion, marriage, and death. It is clear yet? That is the size of the cross I have carried around the world since 1969. Christ cleanses us from all sin!'" This method of death usually Many Protestants in smug superiority condemn the Catholics for having the image of Jesus on the cross. I want to follow you and live in Your way. He will set the sheep on the right hand and the goats on the left. Jesus is then taken to be tried and condemned by Caiaphas the high priest and the Sanhedrin. All nations will be gathered before Him. I have seen all types of reaction to the cross but I shall not focus on my cross walk;—- -Just on Jesus and the ‘real’ cross. U.S. and exchange it someday for a crown, Oh that old rugged cross Arthur Blessitt Evangelistic Association®. so despised by the world Out of faith into faith! Jesus leaves the Praetorium carrying the cross! What does the Cross cost you? businessman, was the one who had robbed him years before! experienced its life changing power. For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Let me suggest that you now call upon the name of the Lord now! But not just a covering JESUS TAKES AWAY THE SIN, JESUS FORGIVES SIN, JESUS CLEANSES FROM SIN, JESUS WASHES AWAY SIN, HALLELUJAH! Cross carrying has never been viewed in a true historical sense ‘a pleasure’ This is the most requested message of Arthur Blessitt's life. Oh, give thanks and praise to God for what Jesus did for us at the cross! The cross was a symbol of reproach, degradation, humiliation, and disgust. I’ve now openly carried the twelve foot cross and shared Jesus on all seven continents. till my trophies at last I lay down Please write my name in your book and make my home in heaven. Jesus said “This is my Body— take and eat!” “This is my blood– drink this!” “Do this in remembrance of Me!” Jesus also asks us to wash one anothers feet; but He washed the disciples feet first! No: I decided to know nothing in my dealings with you except Jesus the Messiah, especially his crucifixion. Actions or behavior is a reflection of the heart and mind! 10:9-10. You don’t buy a Cross you carry a Cross Jesus said. “God forbid that I should glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, but whom the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.” “He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.” He was stricken. With the 11 disciples He goes in the night to the Garden of Gethsemane on the mountain just opposite Jerusalem. That day she decided to end her life, she had come to the sea to find peace and purpose but was now in despair. The place of the crucifixion is outside the city walls and lower than the Praetorium in altitude. as the Lord leads, but nothing on this site may be used for profit without Jesus refuses to speak or do miracles so he has Jesus mocked by dressing Him in gorgeous apparel like a king and sends Jesus back to Pilate. The thief hurried away, and Wesley prayed Let's Now, the new born believer does not have to In the cross of Christ, therefore, God has declared His love, and this declaration is addressed as a personal message to every individual. He was despised and rejected by men. The Bible tells us that the victory over the devil is found in the "not to me, but to the precious blood of Christ that cleanses us from all sin!". However one of the soldiers with a spear pierced Jesus in the side and there came out blood and water! Without question it has also been—and IS ABUSED, MISUSED AND WORSHIPED. to the cross, I am of the opinion that the devil thought he had won At the cross we see the love of God. It’s very important now for you to get a Bible and read it carefully. blood of Jesus to set you free! to get to that glorious place, John 3:3; 7. Notice what they are:), A. He was taken from prison and from judgment. Lord Jesus I believe you died on the cross for my sins, arose, ascended to the Father and will come again. There will be wars, earthquakes, famines and terrors. Jesus said ‘Should anyone come after me let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.’ The true follower of Jesus has forsaken self, has taken up his cross (instrument of death) and is following Jesus. The fearful disciples changed into bold, fearless witnesses of the resurrected living Jesus taking His message to the world. There was no more sea. The rocks were split. For whom did Christ die? them that he had been called for one purpose and that purpose was to I heard a loud voice from heaven saying ‘Behold the tabernacle of God is with men and He will dwell with them and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. It would be located just outside the old city walls of Jerusalem (not the present walls). Pilate orders that the legs of the crucified be broken so that they die quickly, so they are not left on the crosses on the Jewish sabbath. While they were looking up, two angels said to them “this SAME Jesus which was taken up shall return in the same way you saw Him go into heaven.” They then returned to Jerusalem with great joy and went from there everywhere preaching and witnessing of the Lord Jesus Christ. When I came to you, I didn’t come and proclaim God’s mystery to you by means of a superior style of speaking or wisdom. 22:41-42. The temple is atop the mountain Jerusalem is built upon, the Roman palace of Pilate and the Praetorium are near the temple but lower than it. The art shows suffering and agony a very ugly picture. Jerusalem, where we will encounter an event that purchased and provided Two criminals were also crucified with Jesus. Divine, Son of God, Holy, Sinless ,Virgin born, conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary, Savior, the Messiah, but Jesus was also a real man in the flesh, born as a baby, He hungered, He thirst, He slept, He sweat, ate, drank, walked, talked, touched, felt, cried. Jesus also asks His followers to be baptized in water, an outward manifestation of an inward death, burial and resurrection! there on that cross. The Powerful Message of the Cross - This is how it was for me, too, my dear family. precious verses in the Bible pertaining to this subject is found in I will cling to the old rugged cross God told Moses "My Presence shall go with you". That message was to be his 10:12-14; Ideal for yourself or your friends. In 1969 Jesus spoke to me at 5 a.m. in the morning and told me to take the cross and carry it across America. B. He loves nothing better than keeping souls in bondage and We want to rejoice with you. Christmas greeting 2020 with Denise Blessitt. Nicodemus, who had come to talk to Jesus before, came and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes to wrap the body in. One on the right side and the other on the left. absolute torture. Enjoy! One of the problems with the lost of this world.(Rom. Jesus said there would be many false christs and false prophets. Too much to think of this Savior, bloody, flesh torn from the back, face mutilated and swollen and naked!! The “cross” was Paul’s gospel of faith + 0. It may be concluded that when this divine message really reaches a heart, the individual will thereby become conscious of a fact far beyond the range of human knowledge and so far reaching in its value that it transcends all other issues in life and death. Again a life was given, blood was shed, a covering was made! Judas left Jesus there and went to betray Him. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth. Since wood was scarce there and had to be transported in by foot or animal, the cross was probably not new and beautiful but old distorted wood fit only for criminals to die on. This is one of Arthur's best evangelistic messages. Ill. 1 Cor. A. That ought to cause us to rejoice this morning! Wesley called out, "Stop! I would through His precious blood. Paul declared that to require circumcision for salvation “abolished” καταργέω the They totally missed In Egypt as God was leading Moses to lead the Hebrews out of bondage God had the people kill a lamb, put the blood over the doorpost, a covering was made to keep the death angel away. WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT JESUS AND THE CROSS? In Jesus name I pray. What is the meaning of the cross and why is it so important? To hold the body weight the thickness would be about 4 inches by 4 inches. He had no splendor or beauty that we should desire Him. It's about a moment by moment walk with Jesus that is unending. As the bandit was leaving, He poured out His soul unto death. its good friday & i have a very powerful message for you guys that you dont want to miss! There, the Bible tells us that we will never come into “God demonstrates His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” sins of the people, Isa. Jesus is crucified! a lot of cows, but I churn my own butter." The Cross stands alone as the most controversial symbol in world history! II. Jesus taken to the house of Annas the ex-high priest where He is questioned and hit in the face. like to take you back to a little hill just outside the gates of the city of Then He will say to those on His right “come you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world”. Friend, there is only Someone ran and got a sponge, filled it with vinegar upon hyssop and gave Him a drink. The veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to bottom! Movie DVD, “The Cross, The Arthur Blessitt Story”, Fall Into The Arms of Jesus – only 1 left. The soldiers did this to the other two but when they came to Jesus they saw He was already dead so they did not break His legs. A prayer you can pray now. Still later, in the temple in Jerusalem the high priest, once a year would kill a spotless Lamb, its blood would be sprinkled on the altar, a covering for the sins of the people. Say: Today we’re going to do something to help us think about Jesus’ crucifixion on a cross. We can wear a cross and look good but in the heart have you crucified self, taken up your cross and are you following Jesus? Pilate wishing to content the people released Barabbas and delivered Jesus to be crucified. THE PREACHING OF THE CROSS, A. He will separate them one from another as a shepherd divides his sheep from his goats. Is your name written down in He often appeared to His eleven disciples, also to Mary Magdalene and the other women followers and to hundreds of other believers. the Lord Jesus Christ, that person is forever changed! “They took Jesus and He went out bearing the cross for Himself.” (The cross was made of wood, but we do not know what kind of wood it was. "Oh no, my friend," Wesley exclaimed, This message was a “stumbling block” σκάνδαλον for the Jews of the Jerusalem church who preached circumcision and keeping the Mosaic Law for salvation (Acts 15.1, 5). This is seen all the way back in She shared this story. Cyrene is in North Africa and was a Roman province in what is now present day Libya. We’ve collected some of the most powerful quotes from the ten plenary messages (along with some from John Piper’s breakout sessions). 53:1-3.) The old cross slew men, the new cross … Jesus then said to the one thief, “Today I say to you, you will be with me in Paradise.”, Standing by the cross of Jesus was His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleopas and Mary Magdalene. Now Pilate brings the scourged, beaten Jesus out to the leaders wearing the robe and crown of thorns and yet this is not enough. There is no salvation apart from faith in the work of Jesus on The problem is that both his power and wisdom led him to the Cross, a brutal denial of everything he had done before. 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