5. Jesus’ sermon on the Cross. No, Jesus did not stand and preach on Golgotha. But He left indelible impressions on a Roman centurion, at least one thief, an apostle, and with words of anguish, salvation, forgiveness, contentment and affection, He preached what all mankind still needs. Those lessons will always be up-to-date. He stated those words while in the most stressful of conditions, but He proved His deity and His character. 6. I’m worth something. The worth of an object is usually determined by its market value. If my worth were determined by merely utilitarian means, I and many of us would not appear to be very valuable to God. But the price God paid for us indicates He places tremendous worth upon my soul and yours. We already know the cost of our redemption was “the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot,” 1 Peter 1:18-19. Most of us would not be willing to give our son or daughter for those whose lives were so filled with sin. But in Romans 5:6-8 we are told, “Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” I must be worth a lot to God. He paid a high price for me. 7. A lesson on grace. Is this not what we have been learning all through these thoughts? We can never do enough to merit or earn the blessings gained at the Cross. God did it because He loved us, and Jesus did it because we needed it. How humbling it is to comprehend the wonderful gift that is ours. And how simple is our response to that grace, that love:
“If ye love me, keep my commandments,” John 14:15.
If we can’t learn the lesson of humility at the Cross, we won’t learn it anywhere. The lessons are all there for us to learn and to grow from them.
Carl B. Garner