Cross Sermon Illustrations

Cross Sermon Illustrations

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Jesus Nailed to the Cross

The manner of nailing the criminal, or the victim, to the cross was simple. The cross was laid upon the ground, and the one to be crucified was stretched upon it and spiked there. The hole for the cross was previously dug. Then the cross was carried to the hole and dropped into it. This, of course, drew every nerve and muscle into tension and produced the greatest imaginable suffering.

A teacher of a class of working girls showed them a steel engraving of a famous picture of the crucifixion. Three crosses were upon the ground. Soldiers were struggling with the two thieves, and forcing them down upon the crosses, while others drove the spikes. Upon the middle cross Christ lay down quietly and extended the quivering palms to receive the spikes. As the young women looked at the picture, one cried: "Oh, was Christ nailed there alive? I thought that He was dead before He was nailed there." The teacher replied: "Yes, He was nailed there alive for you." The girl, weeping, said: "Then I am His forever."—Alliance Weekly.

Rebuked by a Poor Man

The French scholar, Muretus, a Protestant exile in the seventeenth century, fell seriously ill in Lombardy and was taken to a pauper hospital. Then he overheard the doctors consulting about him in Latin, not thinking that the pauper patient could understand the language of the learned. They said, "Let us try an experiment with this worthless creature." And from his bed the sick scholar startled them by murmuring in Latin, "Will you call worthless one for whom Christ did not disdain to die?"—Christian Observer.

For Whom Did Christ Die?

Dr. Pierson once told at Keswick of a dozen shipwrecked men, laboring in heavy seas in an overloaded boat, when one of the seamen, in order to lighten the boat, deliberately sprang overboard, and the rest were saved. For which of the eleven, asked Dr. Pierson, did the sailor give his life? If Christ died for all, He died for each; for no one more than another; and for no one excepted or omitted. The sun shines for seventeen hundred millions of mankind; but I know as a fact that it shines for me, and would tomorrow morning if not another soul survived on the globe. So Christ loved me and gave Himself for me.Sunday School Times.

The Rationalist says: 'Give me Christ without the cross.'
The Ritualist says: 'Give me the cross without the Christ.'

The redeemed soul says:
`A Crossless Christ my Savior could not be;
A Christless cross no refuge is for me;
But Oh, Christ crucified, I rest on Thee.'

In the Cross of Christ is seen—

the glorious climax of the Eternal plan,
the greatest crime of sin-benighted man,
the gravest crisis of a sinless life,
the grandest crown of Christ's triumphant strife.

(John 12. 24-27; Acts 2. 23; Gal. 6. 14)

Creator on the Cross

The Maker of the universe,
As Man, for man was made a curse;
The claims of laws that He had made
Unto the uttermost He paid.

His holy fingers made the bough
That grew the thorns that crowned His brow.
The nails that pierced His hands were mined
In secret places He designed.

He made the forest whence had sprung
The tree on which His body hung:
He died upon a cross of wood,
Yet made the hill on which it stood.

The sky that darkened o'er His head
By Him above the earth was spread:
The sun that hid from Him its face
By His decree was poised in space.

The spear that spilled His precious blood
Was tempered in the fires of God.
The grave in which His form was laid
Was hewn in rocks His hands had made.

The throne on which He now appears
Was His from everlasting years;
But a new glory crowns His brow
And every knee to Him shall bow.

(Gal. 3. 13; 5. 11; Phil. 2. 8; Col. 2. 13, 14)

Enemies of the Cross

Cicero, the Roman author and orator, said, 'Let the very name of the cross be far away from Roman citizens, not from their bodies only, but from their thoughts, their eyes and their ears.'

(Gal. 5. 11; Phil. 3. 18)

Foolishness of the Cross

'A man crucified between two thieves on a Roman gibbet! You ask us to trust our all for this world and the world to come, to Him? That is the height of folly,' says the man of the world, speaking the 'wisdom of the world'. For 'the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness'.

Dr. A. T. Schofield writes of a conversation he had with an unconverted relative who, referring to the cross used as a sign, said, 'I can't understand the practice of some Christians. They seem so heartless.'

`How?' asked Dr. Schofield.

`Look at that cross! Do you think that if really loved a man and he was my dearest friend and had the misfortune to die on the gallows, I should erect them everywhere to his memory and tell everybody about him?' (1 Cor. 1. 18; Gal. 6. 14)

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