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Attitudes of the Cross

Text:  Matthew 27:26-56

 

Intro:

          As we walk through life there are many things affecting us and often causing us to have wrong attitudes.

          Attitude is the way we handle things and without doubt there are many times our attitudes stink and it would do well for us to have a change of attitude.

          Thinking of attitudes we want to visit the cross of Christ’s crucifixion and take note of how many different attitudes were present.

Anger, Resentment, Envy, Hate, Hurt, Compassion, Forgiveness, Glee, Surprise, Grief, Concern, Satisfaction, Mocking. etc to name a few. Now let’s really take a look at the scriptures and see how many we can find expressed there.

 

 

1.       The soldiers; vs 27-34

          An attitude of disrespect, “they stripped him,”

          An attitude of mockery, vs 29-31

          An attitude of brutality, vs 29-31

          An attitude of vindication, “gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall”

 

II.       The crowd assembled there: vs 36-40

          Attitude of being entertained, v 36

          Attitude of reviling {speaking evil of, blaspheming}  v 39

         

III.      Chief Priests, Scribes and Elders of Israel :

          Attitude of ridiculing, v 41

          Attitude of unbelief, vs 42,43

 

IV.      The Thieves: v 44

          One had the attitude of mockery,

          One had the attitude of believing,  Luke 23:42  And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. Luke 23:43  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

 

V.       The entire crowd assembled: vs 50-54

          Attitude of astonishment, vs 51-52

          Attitude of fear, v 54

          Attitude of admittance, v 54

 

VI.      The Women: vs 55-56

          Attitude of love,

          Attitude of kindness,

          Attitude of faithfulness

 

VII.     Joseph of Arimathaea: vs 57-60

          Attitude of respect,

          Attitude of love,

          Attitude of finality, v 60

 

VIII.    Pharisees, chief priests:

          Attitude of apprehension, v 63

          Attitude of prevention, v 64

 

IX,     Pilate:

          Attitude of people pleasing, vs 22-24

          Attitude of assuming, v 65

                   Assuming he was rid of the problem, namely Jesus,

                   Assuming the end had come to the episode.

 

X.      Mary Magdalene and the other Mary: Mt 28:1-9

          Attitude of sorrow,

          Attitude of surprise,

          Attitude of fear,

          Attitude of rejoicing,

          Attitude of worship…….

 

There are still many more attitudes that could be found I’m sure but these are enough to keep us thrilled with what happened through the crucifixion and resurrection.

 

 

Some churches claim to be Word-loving; but in actuality are world-loving.

 

Some churches claim to be Christ-loving; but in truth are self-loving!

 

Some churches claim to be going churches; but in truth hardly come!

 

Some churches claim to be missionary; but are actually more like stationary!

 

Some churches claim to be faithful; but really they are frolicking!

 

Some churches claim to be praying churches; but straying-churches is more the truth!

 

Some churches claim to be praying churches; but banqueting is where they spend their time!

 

Some churches claim to be evangelistic; but political is more the truth!

 

Some churches claim to be churches of truth; but are more churches of sports!

 

Some churches claim Jesus is Lord; but He is never really consulted about any of their conference decisions!

 

Some churches claim to be a warm and friendly church; but no one attempts to shake hands with the guest!

 

Some churches claim to love souls; but show no excitement over someone getting saved!

 

Some churches claim to be missionary minded; but are more inclined to show concern over their soft-ball or volley-ball teams!

 

Some churches say they support missions; but the finance record shows they spend most for themselves!

 

Some churches claim they love God and they prove it through their lives, programs and outreach efforts!

 

Hopefully this is the category you as a church fall into...

 

 

 

Five Finger Prayer

 

1. Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said, a "sweet duty."

2. The
next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.

3. The
next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God's guidance.

4. The
fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.

5. And lastly comes our
little finger - the smallest finger of all which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, "The least shall be the greatest among you." Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.

 

 

 

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