Power of the cross that took sin away

By April 14, 2019 Message Notes

(Luke 23:32-34 ERV) There were also two criminals led out with Jesus to be killed. (33) They were led to a place called “The Skull.” There the soldiers nailed Jesus to the cross. They also nailed the criminals to crosses beside Jesus—one on the right and the other on the left. (34) Jesus said, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.” The soldiers threw dice to divide Jesus’ clothes between them.

(Luke 23:39-43 ERV) One of the criminals hanging there began to shout insults at Jesus: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Then save yourself, and save us too!” (40) But the other criminal stopped him. He said, “You should fear God. All of us will die soon. (41) You and I are guilty. We deserve to die because we did wrong. But this man has done nothing wrong.” (42) Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you begin ruling as king!” (43) Then Jesus said to him, “I promise you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

(Luke 23:44-47 ERV) It was about noon, but it turned dark throughout the land until three o’clock in the afternoon, (45) because the sun stopped shining. The curtain in the Temple was torn into two pieces. (46) Jesus shouted, “Father, I put my life in your hands!” After Jesus said this, he died. (47) The army officer there saw what happened. He praised God, saying, “I know this man was a good man!”

1.Sin was crucified…and died!
(Romans 6:6-8 NLT) We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. (7) For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. (8) And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him.

2.Sin was forgiven without us working for it
(Romans 4:6-8 NLT) David also spoke of this when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it: (7)“Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight.(8)Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of sin.”

(Romans 4:6-8 NIV) David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: (7)“Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.(8)Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”[a]

(John 13:16-17 NIV) Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. (17) Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.