Jesus, Keep Us Near The Cross ()Darrell Hershberger, March 29, 2015
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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Darrell began with the story of a picture of a cross that hangs in a prison and represents the brokenness of Christ.
While Jesus demands us to be perfect, He knows that we are so far from perfect, so far from being like Him. We are human and fall far short of being like Christ. Being human means we deal with shortcomings. Jesus came to help us deal with our humanity.
Isaiah 53:1-7 – We are told that Jesus was a man of sorrows. Jesus entered into humanity on the cross through rejection. He experienced hurt and abuse. He experienced rejection deeper than any we have ever experienced.
The punishment for our peace was upon Him. Jesus was punished in order that we could have peace. Jesus died as an innocent Lamb. He taught us that humanity was a virtue.
In 2 Corinthians 12:9 Paul says, “. . . my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul says that our weakness is okay.
When we are human, God’s power is at work.
Until we experience His full redemption, we will experience Jesus in our humanity.
Darrell read and led the congregation in singing the beautiful old hymn “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross.”