The Cross – The Way of Victory
Philippians 1:1 – 6
November 14, 1948… Newspapers, radio and television stations around the world announce the safe arrival of the royal prince – Charles. In Hyde Park, London - the king’s military troops fire off a “royal salute” to the infant prince. The bells of Westminster Abby chime out his arrival. Even other babies, born at nearly the same moment - at the same London hospital, share the limelight.
In contrast, the King of the World was born in a most humble setting, in a barn, in a manger. He was born to a lowly carpenter and his wife; with humble shepherds as attendants. Yet, again in contrast, this unassuming baby grew up to be the Saviour of the World, and nothing could hinder Him in accomplishing this mission.
During Jesus’ life...
He taught with authority:
He set the perfect example:
1 Peter 2:21
Matthew 4:4, 7, 10
John 13:7 – 16
Jesus performed many miracles:
Jesus interacted, meaningfully, with many people
· With children: Matthew 19:13 – 15
· With the rich young man: Matthew 19:16 – 22
Jesus completed His task:
John 19:28 – 30
Jesus stated: “Tetelestai”, meaning “it is finished”, “mission accomplished”.
Jesus did not say: “Teleiosa”, meaning “I am finished”.
2 Corinthians 1:20 – There are 380 promises, predictions, prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament: (TLB) “He carries out and fulfills all of God’s promises, no matter how many of them there are; and we have told everyone how faithful He is, giving glory to His name.”
Jesus reminds His disciples of His mission:
Luke 24:44 – 47
He who began a good work in you
Philippians 1:3 – 6
Though many tried, no one - not one could stop Jesus from completing His purpose. The problems, sorrows, and troubles we may encounter will not hinder Jesus’ work in our lives.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 – 24
“May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who ca
lls you is faithful, and He will do it.”
One Solitary Life
He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant. He grew up in another village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was 30. Then, for three years, He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a home. He didn't go to college. He never lived in a big city. He never traveled 200 miles from the place where He was born. He did none of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself. He was only 33 when the tide of public opinion turned against Him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies and went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed to a cross between two thieves. While He was dying, His executioners gambled for His garments, the only property He had on earth. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave, through the pity of a friend.
Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today He is the central figure of the human race. I am well within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned--put together--have not affected the life of people on this earth as much as that one, solitary life.