Presenter: Matt Shires
Focus: To the world, His Story can seem tragic, or unfortunate, or even foolish, but His Story is far from any of those.
I. His Story shows HIS GREAT LOVE FOR US.
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
Romans 5:8 NLT
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
John 15:13 NLT
II. His Story shows THE GREAT POWER OF GOD.
“So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.”
1 Corinthians 1:23-25 NLT
“No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.””
John 10:18 NLT
III. His Story shows HIS OBEDIENCE TO THE FATHER.
“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.””
Luke 22:42 NLT
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.”
Hebrews 12:1-4 NLT