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Delivered By
Pastor Will Lott
Delivered On
April 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Central Passage
John 19:17-18

Today we gather to celebrate the Risen Savior.  Easter may be overshadowed by bunnies and eggs but the empty tomb is what Easter is about. 


What the manger held, the grave couldn't contain.

Before we get to the tomb though, a cross had to be carried.  Jesus had to bear the cross.


John 19:17-18

17 And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center.


The Sign of the Cross

  • Crucifixion was considered one of the most brutal and shameful modes of death
  • Applied mostly to slaves, disgraced soldiers, foreigners, and then to Christians


Death, usually after 6 hours to 4 days, was due to multifactorial causes: after-effects of compulsory scourging and maiming (beatings), hemorrhage and dehydration causing hypovolemic shock (loss of blood flow) and pain, but the most important factor was progressive asphyxia (suffocate) caused by impairment of respiratory movement.


This is the fate the Pharisees wanted for Jesus when they shouted “crucify Him!”


Jesus bore the cross.


The Significance of the Cross

The cross of Jesus Christ is central to the Christian faith. The cross reveals to us the character of God: His love for lost sinners and His perfect justice meet at the cross.


Because God sent Christ to bear our sins means that God does not just shrug off our sin.

All sin must be judged!  God does not take sin lightly! The just penalty must be paid.


There is no way we can pay the price to be in right standing with God.  Even at our best, we are still seen as the worst, because of sin.  Breaking one commandment makes us guilty of breaking them all.   The just penalty must be paid.


The Sharing of the Cross

How do we respond to the cross, the empty tomb… to Easter?


We need the cross in our life if we are ever to experience the empty grave.


Luke 9:23

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.


Matthew 11:29-30

29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”