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The Centrality of the Cross – Jesus Christ Crucified Part 1

In our study of John we arrive upon the hallowed ground of the cross of Christ. Our series brings us into chapter 19, verse 16b to 27 – we have come to the crucifixion. This is the central point of our faith, of history, and of all creation. The crucifixion is where our debt was paid and God’s eternal decree accomplished. In this sermon we examine the public nature of crucifixion and the significance that Jesus was crucified as a common criminal. Our Lord’s work on the cross should humble us and stir up thanksgiving and worship, join us as we seek to understand this pivotal event.

John 19:16-22

16 So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.

So they took Jesus, 17 and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. 21 So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” (ESV)


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