The Power of the Cross

Sunday 17th March 2024

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Today my message is entitled ‘The Power of the Cross’ from John 12 20-33. The opening verse tells us that there were some Gentiles amongst those, who were visiting for the celebration of the Passover. Their request to Philip was that they would like to see Jesus. Whether that request was granted we are not told. We may recall, that at the time of Jesus’ birth, some Gentiles from the east brought gifts having followed the star to the place, where Jesus was born. This is in stark contrast to the Jewish Religious hierarchy, who were now seeking to capture Jesus in order to kill Him.

There is no doubt that Jesus knew that His final mission on earth was to die on a Cross, when He said in v. 23 of our reading ‘the hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.’ The remaining verses, tell us what will happen as a result of the crucifixion. I would suggest that the most important of these verses is v. 24, when, as a result of Jesus dying on the Cross, we can ask for and receive forgiveness of our sins past, present and future. In addition, we are able to seek and experience a new relationship with Jesus in our lives under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and look forward to eternal life with Him, when we die. The lesson for us as individuals and as a church is that none of us travels along the discipleship road at the same speed, but we should all be on a journey that will lead us into a deeper relationship with the Lord. It should also allow us to speak a word of witness to any unbeliever, who may happen to come across our paths, particularly if it is in answer to a prayer for a divine appointment to occur.  Keith.

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