What is the basis for our salvation? Is it that we are good people? That we live good moral lives? That we read the Bible? That we go to church? That we keep a set of commandments? No, a thousand times NO! We are saved because God sent His Son Jesus Christ to the cross. Man, being sinful, needed a blood sacrifice for their sin. The Levitical Law provided animal sacrifices. Those sacrifices were temporary. They were continual. When Jesus went to the cross, He shed His perfect blood, once, for the sins of mankind forever. Then He died. End of story? NO! Three days later He arose from the grave, the victor over sin and death, and later ascended to Heaven. This set Jesus apart from any other religious leader. Today J.C. Ryle will expound on this topic.
The lever which has turned the world upside down!
“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Galatians 6:14
The cross of Christ is the strength of the minister–it is the heart of the gospel.
I would not preach a sermon without preaching Christ Crucified. I would feel . . .
like a soldier without a weapon,
like an artist without a brush,
like a ship without a rudder,
like a laborer without tools.
Let others, if they will, preach law and morality; let others drench their congregations with baptisms and church laws–but give me the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ!
This is the lever which has turned the world upside down!
This is the only gospel that will cause men to repent and forsake their sins.
This is the only message which can give peace to a troubled soul.
And if the cross of Christ will not do it, nothing will.
A man may begin preaching with a perfect knowledge of Latin, Greek, and Hebrew; but he will do his hearers no good unless he experimentally knows Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
A missionary may go forth with compassion for the poor, tenderness for the sick, and pity for the enslaved; but he will never relieve poverty of spirit, sickness of soul, nor bondage of will–unless he takes them the gospel of Christ Crucified.
This is the preaching the Holy Spirit will bless. He honors those who honor Christ Crucified!
This ladies and gentlemen is the message we must take to our dying, sin sick world.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001