September 3, 2019

The Beams of the Cross - Hebrews 10:19-23

"I remember years ago, my son Cooper saw a hand drawn picture of Jesus hanging lifelessly on a Roman cross. He was so captured by emotional trauma that you looked up at me with these as full of tears and he asked me, he said, "Daddy, did God take away the pain?" I said, "no Cooper" softly."

Family Discussions:

  1. Describe your appreciation for Jesus paying the price he paid for your salvation.
  2. Describe what the vertical beam of the cross now means to you.
  3. Describe now with the horizontal beam of the Cross means that your relationships with other people that you love.

Transcription:

00:14 You know, every book in this Bible is just amazing but the book of Hebrews just fascinates me. Every time I get into it, it seems like I'm in a gold mine for the first time in my life. Today we're in Hebrews chapter 10, and we're looking at verses 19 through 23. This is a good one to memorize. It says this, "Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus by a new and living way. Inaugurated for us through the veil that is his flesh. And since we have a great high priest over the House of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of our faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscious and our bodies washed with pure water and let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

01:07 You know, the reality of Jesus' work on the cross, you know, agonizing as it was, it just creates a trimmer in your soul that shakes the stained glass windows of your heart until your emotions are forever gripped with the indescribable appreciation. Do you feel that way? You know, I remember years ago, my son Cooper saw a hand drawn picture of Jesus hanging lifelessly on a Roman cross. He was so captured by emotional trauma that you looked up at me with these as full of tears and he asked me, he said, "Daddy, did God take away the pain?" I said, "no Cooper" softly. You know, God didn't take away the pain. You know Jesus, his nerves shattered on the cross just like yours or mine would shattered because the price to buy your way to God was so high that only a complete human sacrifice of God's only son could foot the bill.

02:04 And that's the, that's the vertical beam of the cross. It stands forever pointing skywards to God. Triumphly pointing the way to His throne of grace for your travel. As you live, as you pray, as you die and victoriously face the portals of eternity. Work done, case closed, sin paid, sacrifice remembered, salvation purchased, prayers answered. Then to complete this incredible cross is the horizontal beam of the cross where you and I out about heart, exploding with appreciation, reach out like Jesus did. To give that same kind of love to our kids, to our parents, to our spouse, to our friends, and even to our enemies. You know, the gift that pours out of our mouth from a heart that Christ indwells is the gift of, and that's our response. You know, when we say I love you mom, when you say I, I'm proud of you.

03:04 When you say I love you when we say I believe in you, you know, when we say, Hey, what can I do for you today? Uh, when I say to somebody, how can I pray for you today? That's a response to the incredible love he's given for us. And so is the, is the vertical beam of the cross reaches upward confidently to God's heart through Christ. So the horizontal beam reaches outward from the goodness that's in your heart, to the goodness of somebody else's heart around you. Isn't that great? So the questions today: describe your appreciation for Jesus paying the price he paid for your salvation? And today, describe what the vertical beam of the cross now means to you. And describe now with the horizontal beam of the Cross means that your relationships with other people that you love.

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