When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died;
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
As we enter the days and weeks before Easter, it’s appropriate for us to set aside time to reflect on the astonishing truth that Christ Jesus—the Son of God—came in order to die, that broken sinners could have our sins forgiven and be reconciled to God. We hope that the resources listed below will be helpful to you as you contemplate this wonderful gift.
Why The Cross?by John Blanchard
For centuries symbols have been used as a means of identification, often in an immediate, compact and powerful way. For some 2,000 years Christianity has had a symbol that is universally recognized - a simple cross. Yet the cross represents not the character, life or teaching of the founder of Christianity, but the gruesome way in which he was put to death while still in his early thirties. For millions today a cross has become little more than a charm or good luck bracelet, tattooed on their bodies or worn as jewelry. The huge gap between the original event and the current symbol therefore raises some massive questions:
Why has the symbol remained so universally popular?
Was there anything unique about the crucifixion of Jesus?
Why was he put to death?
What difference can it make to me today?
Here is a booklet that answers all these questions - and many more - and makes it crystal clear that in the death of Jesus lies our only hope of the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
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The Cross He Boreby Frederick Leahy
Frederick Leahy spent a lifetime in the ministry of the Word. In these pages, preacher, pastor and theologian come together in a happy unity. No words are wasted. There is nothing of the frothy and insubstantial. Here is satisfying truth, painstakingly quarried and crafted for the needs of God's people. A judicious selection of gems from the writings of others provides further enrichment and stimulus to thought.
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Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easterby Nancy Guthrie
In a culture where crosses have become little more than decorative accessories and jewelry, how easy it is for even the most well-intended Christian to rush from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday without thoughtfully contemplating the cross and all that it means. Yet we miss out on spiritual riches when we do.
So that we all may linger at the cross during the Lenten season-and stay near it the whole year through-editor Nancy Guthrie has compiled this special anthology. It draws from the works and sermons of classic theologians such as Luther, Edwards, Spurgeon, Ryle, and Augustine, and from leading contemporary communicators such as John Piper, R. C. Sproul, Francis Schaeffer, John MacArthur, Skip Ryan, and Joni Eareckson Tada to help readers enter into an experience of Christ's passion and anchor their hope in the power of his resurrection.
Each essay in this collection holds to a high view of Scripture and expounds on a particular aspect of the Easter story using the appropriate Scripture passage from the ESV Bible. These readings are sure to prepare people's hearts for a fresh experience of the cross each and every Easter season.
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Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Dieby John Piper
Why? The most important questions anyone can ask are: Why was Jesus Christ crucified? Why did he suffer so much? What has this to do with me? Finally, who sent him to his death? The answer to the last question is that God did. Jesus was God’s Son. The suffering was unsurpassed, but the whole message of the Bible leads to this answer.
The central issue of Jesus’ death is not the cause, but the meaning—God’s meaning. That is what this book is about. John Piper has gathered from the New Testament fifty reasons. Not fifty causes, but fifty purposes—in answer to the most important question that each of us must face: What did God achieve for sinners like us in sending his Son to die?
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The Cross: God's Way of Salvationby Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Ever since his first sermon in 1925, Martyn Lloyd-Jones consistently emphasized the significance of Christ's sacrifice for our sake. This new collection of sermons reveals this theme in Lloyd-Jones' classic expository style, showing his gift for combining a warm, personal devotion to Jesus Christ with deep theological insight. His grasp of Scripture still causes the maturest believer to ponder, yet he brings a simplicity of thought to his preaching that even a child can understand and enjoy. The Cross explains how Christ's crucifixion works for our redemption, and why this even is the cornerstone of the Christian life. From one of this century's greatest preachers, excellent reading for ministers and anyone seeking a closer walk with Christ. Meditative, easily understandable, and biblically sound.
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The Truth of the Crossby R.C. Sproul
Dr. R.C. Sproul surveys the great work accomplished by Jesus Christ through His crucifixion the redemption of God s people. Dr. Sproul considers the atonement from numerous angles and shows conclusively that the cross was absolutely necessary if anyone was to be saved. Opening the Scriptures, Dr. Sproul shows that God Himself provided salvation by sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross, and the cross was always God s intended method by which to bring salvation. The Truth of the Cross is an uncompromising reminder that the atonement of Christ is an absolutely essential doctrine of the Christian faith, one that should be studied and understood by all believers.
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In My Place Condemned He Stood: Celebrating the Glory of the Atonementby J.I. Packer
If ever there was a time and a need for an enthusiastic reaffirmation of the biblical doctrine of substitutionary atonement, it is now. With this foundational tenet under widespread attack, J. I. Packer and Mark Dever's anthology plays an important role, issuing a clarion call to readers to stand firm in the truth.
In My Place Condemned He Stood combines three classic articles by Packer-"The Heart of the Gospel"; his Tyndale Biblical Theology Lecture, "What Did the Cross Achieve"; and his introductory essay to John Owen's The Death of Death in the Death of Christ-with Dever's recent article, "Nothing but the Blood." It also features a foreword by the four principals of Together for the Gospel: Dever, Ligon Duncan, C. J. Mahaney, and Al Mohler. Thoughtful readers looking for a compact classic on this increasingly controversial doctrine need look no farther than this penetrating volume.
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Journey to the Crossby Alistair Begg
Each of the Gospel writers considers the final steps of Christ to the cross, highlighting particular details according to their specific purpose. John is concerned with establishing the supremacy and victory of the Lord Jesus over the degradation and humiliation to which He is subjected.
It is apparent from John’s account that Pilate was seeking to evade the necessity of making a decision about Jesus. In that respect he’s probably like many of us. We really don’t want to have to face this issue. Pilate, though, was unable to adopt a posture of neutrality, and we are equally unable. We may think to examine Christ intellectually, but He comes to examine us morally and spiritually.
In Journey to the Cross Alistair Begg explores afresh the work of Christ on our behalf.
"You’re either for Christ or you are opposed to Christ. You are either putting your faith and trust in what Jesus said and did or you’re putting your faith and trust in what you have said and in what you believe. I commend to you today a resurrected Christ. I commend to you His amazing love, the wonder of His sacrifice, in order that we who are dead in our sins may be made alive forever and ever." - Alistair Begg
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The Gospel According to Luke, Volume 11by Alistair Begg
Luke’s gospel is the longest book in the New Testament. And when you consider it along with the other book that he wrote, namely the Acts of the Apostles, Luke is responsible for over a quarter of New Testament material. Luke was one of Paul’s most significant companions and several things about him help us understand why God laid His hand upon this man. He was a Gentile, the only Gentile writer in the whole of the New Testament. He was also a doctor and an educated man. He was an historian. In fact, he was more of an historian than Matthew or Mark or even John, each of whom sets the life of Jesus firmly within the realm of Palestine. Luke intersects Biblical truth with the historical development of the Roman Empire. There is much to learn by studying the gospel of this man of wide views and broad sympathies, most importantly his emphasis on the universality of the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Life After Deathby Alistair Begg
In every generation one subject remains a source of fascination and fear -DEATH. Is it really the end? What happens afterwards? At a time when people are increasingly preoccupied with stories of "out-of-body" experiences and are wondering about reincarnation, the fifteenth chapter of First Corinthians is unique and striking in its impact. Here is the classical Christian discussion of the most vital subject. We do well to pay careful attention so that in a matter marked by great confusion we might learn to speak with clarity and conviction. In learning how to die, we find the key to learning how to live.
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Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesusby D.A. Carson
How are Christians to approach the central gospel teachings concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus? The Bible firmly establishes the historicity of these events and doesn't leave their meanings ambiguous or open to interpretation. Even so, there is an irony and surprising strangeness to the cross. Carson shows that this strange irony has deep implications for our lives as he examines the history and theology of Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection.
Scandalous is the latest addition to the Re:Lit series, which highlights important theological truths in accessible and applicable ways. Both amateur theologians and general readers will appreciate how Carson deftly preserves weighty theology while simultaneously noting the broader themes of Jesus' death and resurrection. Through exposition of five primary passages of Scripture, Carson helps us to more fully understand and appreciate the scandal of the cross.
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Resurrectionby Hank Hanegraaff
In this definitive work, popular Christian apologist Hank Hanegraaff offers a detailed defense of the Resurrection, the singularly most important event in history and the foundation upon which Christianity is built. Using the acronym F.E.A.T., the author examines the four distinctive, factual evidences of Christ's resurrection--Fatal torment, Empty tomb, Appearances, and Transformation--making the case for each in a memorable way that believers can readily use in their own defense of the faith.
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The Case for Easterby Lee Strobel
Did Jesus of Nazareth really rise from the dead? Of the many world religions, only one claims that its founder returned from the grave. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very cornerstone of Christianity. But a dead man coming back to life? In our sophisticated age, when myth has given way to science, who can take such a claim seriously? Some argue that Jesus never died on the cross. Conflicting accounts make the empty tomb seem suspect. And post-crucifixion sightings of Jesus have been explained in psychological terms. How credible is the evidence for-and against-the resurrection? Focusing his award-winning skills as a legal journalist on history's most compelling enigma, Lee Strobel retraces the startling findings that led him from atheism to belief. Drawing on expert testimony first shared in his blockbuster book The Case for Christ, Strobel examines: The Medical Evidence-Was Jesus' death a sham and his resurrection a hoax? The Evidence of the Missing Body-Was Jesus' body really absent from his tomb? The Evidence of Appearances-Was Jesus seen alive after his death on the cross? Written in a hard-hitting journalistic style, The Case for Easter probes the core issues of the resurrection. Jesus Christ, risen from the dead: superstitious myth or life-changing reality? The evidence is in. The verdict is up to you.
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Resurrection (What God Says)by Catherine MacKenzie
What God says is important. He says what he means and means what he says. Listen to him. Colour in the verses about the resurrection and remember that although Jesus died on the cross for our sins he is alive today! He rose from the dead.
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The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Crossby A.W. Pink
The words Christ spoke from the cross can inform Christians of the purpose, the meaning, the sufferings, and the sufficiency of his death. After an introduction that discusses the nature of Christ's death as natural, unnatural, preternatural, and supernatural, Dr. Arthur W. Pink clearly illustrates the lessons that can be drawn from Christ's words-lessons on forgiveness, salvation, affection, anguish, suffering, victory, and contentment. This comprehensive and accessible volume is useful for both sermon preparation and personal study.
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Outrageous Mercy: Rediscovering the Radical Nature of the Crossby William P. Farley
Outrageous Mercy shows that the cross of Christ is the heart and soul of the Christian life. At the cross, we learn everything we need to know about God, man, eternity, wisdom, worship, suffering, and a host of other subjects.
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