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Why Brag About the Cross.   
Gal. 6:14




14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. NKJV


14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. NASU


14 As for me, God forbid that I should boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in all the attractive things of the world was killed long ago, and the world's interest in me is also long dead. TLB


Introduction

1.    Brag About The . . Person of The Cross

 

2.    Brag About The . . Power of The Cross



 

1.    Brag About Jesus The . . Person of The Cross. v 14a

       14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of

       our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

A.   The Cross and The. . Lord Jesus Christ.

       1.Who Made Him Lord. Acts 2:36 36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." NKJV

    

       Eph 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; NKJV


       Rom 14:8-9 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. 9 For to this end Christ died and rose* and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living. NKJV


       Phil 2:11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. NKJV

    

       Phil 3:8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ NKJV

 

B.   The Boast and The. . Lord Jesus Christ.

       1.    Virgin Born

       2.    Sinless Life

       3.    Sacrificial Death.

       4.    Glorious Resurrection.

       5.    Promised Return.

       6.    We probably have less than 25,000 words recorded by Jesus.

       7.    How many words to we speak per day? 16,000

              Women speak 20,000 and men speak 15,000 when the

              man gets home he has already spoken most of His words,

              but the wife still has 5,000 to share.


Illustration

Lady wearing a cross yesterday.

Yesterday at the Ashley furniture store in Jackson a saleslady was wearing a cross and I told her “I always ask this question of a person who is wearing a cross. The questions is why are you wearing a cross.” She said, “ because I am a Christian.” I followed that with a question, “ do you know the Lord.” She responded positively, and told more of her love for the Lord.

She was proud of the cross.

 

Illustration  Chief of police in Illinois.

       Several years ago Burnell Lewis was in a revival meeting in Washington D. C. During the invitation time the back door was opened and a man came forward. He talked with the pastor for a long time and then sat down on the front row. After the service Burnell discovered this man was a police chief in a suburb of St. Louis MO. The story behind this experience was the man was on his way to St. Louis to catch a plane to take him to Washington

D. C. For a conference for Chief’s of police. On the way he saw a terrible accident. As he went to see if he could help they told him the young man was pinned under the car. This man volunteered to crawl under the car and try to talk to the young man. He did and asked him what was his name. All he responded with was grunts.

Later he crawled under to ask what his mother and dad names were still only a grunt. Later still he crawled under the car to ask who is your best friend. The boy clearly said, JESUS.


It so stunned the chief that he excused himself and went on toward the airport to catch his plane. His wife had taken him to different events at church and urged him to make a decision for Christ and while on the plan he did accept the Lord as his lord. He promised the Lord the first time he got an opportunity to make his decision public he would.


When he got to the motel he noticed a sign on a Baptist Church right next to the motel that said Revival Nightly. The Lord seem to tell him there is an opportunity to make your decision public. He did and he and the boy who said.”Jesus was his best friend” motivated Him


Application

              My best Friend is Jesus.

 

2.    Brag About Jesus The . . Power of The Cross. v 14b

       14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of

our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. NKJV

 

A.   The World Has Been Crucified to me.

       1.    The pleasures of the world.

       2.    The attractions of the world.

       3.    The things of the world.


Romans 1:16 (NKJV) For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.


 

B.   I to the World.

       1.    My testimony the crowd stopped asking me to go to places looking for sin.

       2.    I stopped liking the same things of the world.


Matthew 9:6 (NKJV) 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"--then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house."

 

Illustration  Chinese woman leads dozens to Christ with 70¢ tract

              The Power Of The Cross

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 | by Sue Sprenkle

THAILAND (BP)--No one notices the young Chinese woman silently crying in the back pew. It's the only place she finds solace from her deep depression and fear of death.


She's not even sure why she sits in this church every afternoon; her communist education and Buddhist religion teach against a belief in God. Yet something keeps drawing Lily Wang* here.


She pulls a Bible from the pew. It's not in her native Mandarin, but she flips it open anyway. She learned to read a little Thai after moving to Thailand a few years ago to teach school, but she hasn't learned enough to really understand this.


So many questions cloud her mind that she finally musters enough courage to speak to a man carrying the same book. He brushes past the petite woman and goes about his business. The rejection reinforces everything she's feeling -- no one is interested in her; no one cares.


Distraught and angry, Wang walks to the foot of the cross and screams, "Are you real?


"I don't want to die. I want to live," she cries. "Please give me a way." Wang storms out of the church, vowing never to return.


HOPE COMES

A few weeks later, Wang is sitting at her desk preparing lessons when a student rushes into her international school's classroom.

"Teacher! Teacher!" the girl exclaims. Wang jumps up, startled and concerned, until she hears, "I found your book."


The student hands her a soiled booklet. She found it in the trashcan on the playground. Wang scrunches her nose against the stench and explains it isn't hers. The girl must throw it back in the trash.

"But teacher, it must be your book," the girl insists. "It's written in Chinese."


Wang quickly scans the first page. Her heart leaps. The story is about Jesus' death and resurrection. She thanks her student for the book and sits down to read. The booklet, a tract called "Song of a Wanderer," answers every question she whispered in the church.

"This has to be true," she mutters to herself.


The book opens a new world for Wang as she discovers a Creator-God. She stuffs the booklet in her back pocket and takes it everywhere, spending every spare second reading and rereading.


For weeks, her whole world revolves around the torn book. Finally, Wang decides she needs more. The booklet quotes Scripture throughout; she wants a Bible -- but she has no idea how to find one. In her home country, China, you can't just go out and buy one at the corner bookstore. Wang decides to write to the address on the tract requesting a Bible.


"No matter the cost, I will pay for the Bible," she adds to the letter, fearing the Christians might reject her again.


"I don't really believe anything will happen," she thinks, preparing herself for disappointment. "It will be just like when I prayed in the church -- nothing. God isn't interested."


Wang can't help herself, though. She watches the mail daily, but nothing arrives. Just as she's about to give up hope, a woman speaking Mandarin calls. Southern Cross Project, a Chinese Bible distribution ministry, received her letter. The woman offers to deliver the Bible in person.



Over coffee, Wang learns that as she was screaming at God months ago in the church, some American mission volunteers were distributing Mandarin Bibles and Christian literature packets to Chinese tourists. Somehow, one of these books made it across town to her. "I'm in God's hands. He does care about me," Wang admits. "I need to accept these teachings."


She did and has led 70 more to Christ with her booklet taken from a trash can. That is the power of the cross.

The Power of God’s Word even on a paper thrown in the trash.


Illustration

Yesterday at a meeting in Jackson Missouri the speaker shared a story about a man who sat up during his major surgery and yelled I am going to Hell tell me what I need to do. It shocked everyone in the Operating room but the doctor said Confess you a sinner and ask Jesus to forgive you. The man laid back down and never move again during surgery.


Application

The power of the cross changes lives. He can change yours. All you have to do is turn your life over to Jesus.

                                                                AMEN? AMEN!