Cross Sermon Illustrations

Cross Sermon Illustrations

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Where Was God

When a father received word that his son, a brilliant lad, had been killed in a railroad accident, he turned to his pastor and cried in desperation, "Tell me, sir, where was God when my son was killed?" And in that tense and terrible moment guidance was given to the counseling pastor. "My friend," he said. "God was just where He was when His own Son was killed!"—Selected.

By the Nail Prints

In writing about the Rev. John Van Ess, missionary to Arabia, Jerome Beatty in his book, "Americans All Over," tells of one of Dr. Van Ess's most triumphant moments. He asked a Bible class, "If you saw a dozen similar men passing and one was Christ, how would you tell it was He?" Some said they didn't know. One thought, by the light in His face. But one Mohammedan boy said, "By the wounds in His hands." The reason for the missionary's happiness was that Mohammedans are taught to believe that Christ was not crucified; but evidently some of the Christian teachings on the subject had broken through.—Sunday School Times.

The Price Mark

During the holiday season, when you were purchasing gifts, how often did you hear someone say, "Be sure to take off the price mark." Certainly you did not care to have the price paid for the article left visible. It was proper to erase it. The believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is not his own. He was bought with a price. The price paid was the blood of Christ. There is no way to "take off" or erase the price paid by Him for His purchased possession. The blood-bought are blood-marked. The mark of the purchase price is on you and to remain. You need not be ashamed, 0 Christian, of the price paid for your redemption.—The Wonderful Word.

Justin Martyr wrote long ago, "Many spirits are abroad in the world, and the credentials they display are splendid gifts of mind, learning, and of talent. Christian, look carefully. Ask for the print of the nails." Ah, that is the test! What place has the Crucified in your thoughts?

"What think ye of Christ? is the question
To try both your state and your scheme;
You cannot be right in the rest,
Unless you think rightly of Him."Watchman-Examiner.

The Fly and the Elephant

Moody says: "Someone has said that a little fly in Noah's ark was just as safe as an elephant. It was not the elephant's size and strength that made him safe. It was the ark that saved both elephant and fly. It is not your righteousness, your good works, that will save you. Rich or poor, learned or unlearned, you can be saved only by the blood of Christ."—Sunday School Times.

The Perfect Sacrifice

A missionary in Africa heard a boy say: "The lack of my fifth toe on the left foot is my life. They were going to make me one of the sacrifices at So-and-so's funeral, but a sacrifice with a blemish won't do, so I got off." What a striking reminder of our perfect Sacrifice! "Your lamb shall be without blem­ish" (Exod. 12:5)—Christian Herald.

John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, one of the most brilliant and licentious nobles of the dissolute court of Charles II., was laid aside by a fatal disease, which gave him opportunity for reflection. In the hope of breaking the monotony of the sick room, he began the reading of books and happened one day to pick up a Greek translation of the Old Testament, when his eyes fell on the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah, which he read carefully several times.

"Where did this man, Isaiah, obtain such a conception as this?" he exclaimed. "Putting aside altogether the question of the historical reality of the character he describes, how did he, or how could any human being, unaided, come by the knowledge of such a character?"

Thus he pondered, nor would the problem down night or day, until at length he was compelled to admit the Divine inspiration of the Book and ultimately to accept the Lord Jesus as his Saviour. Bishop Burnet, who knew him well, testified that if ever there were a case of real repentance on earth, that of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, was one.—The Gospel Herald.

The Print of the Nails

It may not be easy to give such marks of the Shepherd's voice as to enable the Christian to know infallibly whether the solicitations that come to him are indeed from Christ. But there are certain characteristics which always distinguish His calls. There is a story that once there came to the cell of a saintly monk one who knocked and asked for admittance. His mien was lordly and majestic. "Who art thou?" asked the saint. "I am Jesus," was the answer. There was something in the voice and manner of the visitor, however, which made the monk suspect that he was not the Holy One he claimed to be. "Where is the print of the nails?" he asked. Instantly the stranger turned and fled away. It was Satan — not Christ! Nothing is of Christ which does not bear this mark.—Westminister Teacher.

It Was Finished

"Lifted up" was He to die;
"It is finished," was His cry;
Now in Heaven exalted high:
Hallelujah! what a Saviour!

It is the Father's joy to bless,
His love has found for me a dress;
A robe of spotless righteousness,
O Lamb of God, in Thee.

The Red Cross that Cannot Be Hid

A Finnish Red Cross hospital which, in accordance with International Law, must be left untouched by enemy bombers, was attacked and several were killed. The Finns made strong protests to the Soviet Government. Upon inquiry it was learned that a snowfall during the night had covered the red cross painted on the hospital roof. Apparently the flyers were justified and the matter was dropped. In reading the account one could not but think of another cross, the crimson cross of Calvary. The security of those in the hospital was short-lived. The believer, however, is assured that Christ "by his own blood ... entered in once into the holy place (Heaven) hav­ing obtained eternal redemption for us." Nothing can obliterate or hide that precious blood. Ever visible to God, it spells peace and safety for time and eternity to all redeemed ones.—Good News.

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