Why were there three crosses and not four, not two, not one? Pastor Streeter addresses this question in his sermon. Here he tells us of the cross of rejection, the cross of reception, and the cross of redemption. (060409)
In this sermon, Pastor Streeter lists numerous reasons why he loves Christmas. The reasons he lists are all scriptural and and should be common to all of us who love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you have ever wondered why we should all love Christmas, listen to this sermon and see if you do not agree with Pastor Streeter. (881225)
19And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast.
20But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
21No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse.
22And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.
When Jesus died on the cross, it was a turning point in the way that God deals with the human race. Jesus points out the stark contrast between the Old Testament and the New Testament ages. During this New Testament age God is doing a completely new thing. The atonement, the Church, the indwelling Holy Spirit, and Holy Spirit baptism are all new to this dispensation. The dispensation of the Law could not accommodate the change from a chosen nation (Israel) to a new body for our Lord (the Church). Every born-again person is now in the body of Christ, baptized (buried) into that body by the Holy Spirit.
41And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
42And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
43And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away;
44And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
45But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.”
Jesus often told people to not tell others about His healing works. This seems to have been to prevent large crowds which made it more difficult to move about. It was also because Jesus’ main purpose was not to physically heal people but to die on the cross for our sins.
“The Ascension” Luke 24:49-53: The Ascension is related to many Bible doctrines and therefore it is extremely important. Here the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the beginning of the Church are explained. Some witnesses rejected the verse here that reports the Ascension, but that view is based upon inferior Greek manuscripts. (881016)
“Important Last Words” Luke 24:44-48: All of Jesus’ sufferings, including His bleeding, are necessary for our salvation, not just His death. Repentance is also essential for salvation, and the preaching of repentance is part of the Great Commission. (881009)
“The Meaning of the Crucifixion” Luke 23:39-49: The cross is related to Divine sovereignty, true repentance, amazing power, saving grace, miraculous signs, good death, and hopeless rejection. (880904)