Cross Sermon Illustrations

Cross Sermon Illustrations

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Anybody for Calvary

Dr. Brummitt has given a remarkable illustration from personal experience: The town in which I live has an elevated railway. One of the stations is near a great Roman Catholic burying ground, Calvary Cemetery. For many years, because in that part of the town were many more dead than living folk, the trains did not stop at the cemetery station except on request. Just after leaving the nearest station the guard would open the door and say: "Next station is Calvary. Train stops on signal only. Anybody for Calvary?" It is a parable of life's train. At all other stations every train stops. At Market Street, School Street, University Avenue, Main Street, Vanity Fair, Broadway, Church Street, Home Avenue, no special notice needed. But Calvary is "the offence of the cross," and no one stops there unless he chooses to. It is unto the Jews a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks foolishness. But it saves those who believe. Through all eternity we shall thank God that Christ chose Calvary, "who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame."—Sunday School Times.


Under Sentence of Death

A policeman brought a man to the China Inland Mission Hospital at Anshun, Kweichow, China, of which Dr. E. S. Fish has charge, to determine whether or not the man had leprosy. If he had not, he was to be a free man; if he had, he was to be taken out and shot. Dr. Fish looked at the man and could easily see that he was a leper. He then turned to the policeman and said: "He is a leper, but he need not die." Dr. Fish found a place for him and he was given attention. So the sinner (under the sentence of death) need not die, for "the Son of Man came... to give his life a ransom for many."—Dr. E. S. Fish at the China Inland Mission Annual Conference in Toronto.


How The World Treats the Lord

An illiterate fisherman and pilot gave to Mark Guy Pearse a touching chapter from his personal experience, and the application he made of it. Mr. Pearse says he passed it along to D. L. Moody, and the latter was so affected by it that he buried his face in his hands and wept.

The fisherman told how he was lying aboard his boat in Plymouth Sound when he heard a splash in the water not far off. He jumped out of his berth, for he thought he knew what it was; there was another fishing boat not far off, and the man with it was a drinking man. He rowed there in his small boat with all speed, leaning over the side and praying God for help. Presently he got hold of the other man's arm and pulled him up, and he was drunk, sure enough. He lifted him back onto his boat and put him in his berth and worked over him and rubbed him an hour or more, till he began to come to himself. Doing everything possible to make the man comfortable, he came away.

The next morning he pulled over to see how the man was. He was standing leaning over the side of his craft. To a "good morning," he returned no answer. "How are you this morning?" his rescuer said. "What's that to you?" was the surly response. "Why," said the first man, "I can't help taking an interest in you. I saved your life last night." "Get out," responded the other, and roundly cursed him for a liar.

"I turned 'round my little boat and pulled away to my craft," he said in telling Mr. Pearse. "My heart was like a thing broke. The tears ran down my cheeks. I looked up to Heaven and could hardly get out the words that choked me. `O Lord Jesus,' I said, `my blessed Lord Jesus, I am sorry for Thee! I know now how Thou dost feel. That is how the world is always treating Thee. I am terribly sorry for Thee, my dear Lord.'"—The King's Business.


The Word Defeats Islam

A paragraph in The Moslem World tells of a missionary having painted in Arabic on the walls of a mission building in northern Africa the words of John 3:16. Next morning there was a blank in the text. During the night some Mohammedans had come and painted out the words "his only begotten Son"—for Islam denies that the Lord Jesus is God's Son—denies indeed that God ever had a Son. Their action was symbolic. In North Africa Christianity was once supreme. What the midnight visitors did on the mission wall Mohammedanism has done in North Africa. But the missionaries who put the text up on their wall were not to be beaten. The words which the Moslems deleted were promptly restored, only to be blotted out again; again they were restored, and again blotted out; and the strange struggle went on until the Mohammedans grew weary and left the text alone. Then followed a remarkable result. The words, "his only begotten Son," had been so often painted in and painted out that they could be read more clearly than the rest; and when the bulk of the text had faded, "his only begotten Son" still stood out, vivid and insistent.—Sunday School Times.


A Wounded, Messiah

A lady once said to a Jewish lad in Cairo, "Are you expecting your Messiah soon?"

"Yes," he replied, "we believe He will come within six years."

"Will He have wounds in His hands?" she asked, and, as he looked at her inquiringly, she continued, "Your Prophet Zechariah said of Messiah that when He comes, they shall say unto Him, `What are these wounds in Thine hands?' Then He shall answer, `Those with which I was wounded in the house of My friends' (Zech. 13:6). Are you expecting to see your Messiah with wounds in His hands?"

The lad left, but appeared the following morning looking greatly distressed. He said: "I could not sleep last night. All night I was asking myself, `If He has wounds in His hands, how did He get them?' I have come to ask you if you can tell me more."

Imagine her joy to tell one who was so eager to hear the wondrous story of the Cross, where He was wounded for our transgressions.

He received Jesus the Crucified One as his Messiah and Savior and has been the means of bringing three others to Him.—Life Line.


The Fool's Recipe for "Some Sense"

When Mr. Alexander and I were holding our meetings in the Royal Albert Hall in London, someone took away one of our hymn books and went through it and cut out every reference to the blood; and then sent it back to me through the mail, saying: "I have gone through your hymn book and cut out every reference to the blood. Now sing your hymns with the blood left out and there will be some sense in them." If any of you should take your Bible and go through it in that way and cut out of the New Testament and the Old Testament every passage that referred to the death of Christ, or to His atoning blood, you would have only a sadly torn and tattered Bible left, a Bible without a heart and a Gospel without saving power. The death of Jesus Christ is mentioned more than 175 times in the New Testament. Besides this there are very many prophetic and typical references to the death of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament.—Dr. R. A. Torrey, in Sermon on the Atonement.

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