Preacher's Pulpit        Dr. Joe Tims

TEXT: Matthew 27:26-36

SUBJ: Come to Calvary

Introduction:
I often get advertisements for taking a trip to the Holy Land.

I know it to be wonderful from personal experience to go and visit the places that we find described in the pages of Scripture.

Let's go today!

Not on a plane, but through the Scriptures; and not to the land of Israel as it is now, but to the place where Christ died.

While here there are many things to see, hear, and learn.

I. WHEN WE LOOK, WHAT DO WE SEE?

A. The Crowd:

1. Who is present?

a. Political enemies
b. Religious enemies
c. Only a few family and friends

2. Who is not present?

a. The rest of the 12
b. The 70
c. The 10 lepers
d. The 5000, etc.

B. The Crosses (three of them)

1. Today we would call this form of execution barbaric, and it was.

2. However, it was the common form of execution used throughout the Roman Empire.

C. The Christ .... On the middle cross, and we are drawn from the others to Him.

1. To the executioners, this was to be no different than any other execution day.

2. There were three men who were condemned to die by way of crucifixion.

3. But Jesus made a difference!

a. He always does!

b. He made a difference at the wedding in Cana.

c. He made a difference at the funeral in Nain.

d. He made a difference on this day as well.

II. WHEN WE LISTEN, WHAT DO WE HEAR

A. The voices of those who were around the Cross that day.

1. The voice of the critics v39-40
2. The voice of the religious crowd v41-43
3. The voice of the criminals v 44
4. The voice of the curious v48-49
5. The voice of the centurions v54

B. The voice of the Savior from the Cross.

1. The voice of forgiveness.
 
(Luke 23:34)  "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots."

2. The voice of salvation.

(Luke 23:42-43)  "And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. {43}And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise."

3. The voice of care.

(John 19:26-27)  "When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! {27}Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home."

4. The voice of anguish.

(Mat 27:46)  "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

5. There was the voice of humanity.

(John 19:28)  "After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst."

6. The voice of victory.

(John 19:30)  "When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost."

7. The voice of completion.

(Luke 23:46)  "And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost."

III. WHEN WE LEARN, WHAT DO WE COMPREHEND

A. This death is Supernatural.

(John 8:28)  "Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things."

B. This death was Sacrificial.

(John 1:29)  "The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world."

C. This death was Substitutional.

(Heb 2:9)  "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man."

1. He didn't just die in place of Barabbas.

2. He died for me and for you.

(Romans 10:9-13 KJV)  "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. {10} For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. {11} For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. {12} For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. {13} For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Conclusion:

This morning as we prepare for the time of invitation, what does Calvary mean to you?

Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?

He died for each of us, to redeem us from sin.

Why not come today and receive His forgiveness?

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