The Transcendent Cross
Transcendent. Surpassing or excelling others of its kind; going beyond the ordinary limits; pre-eminent; superior or supreme; extraordinary. Surmounting, or rising above; excelling, surpassing eminence or excellence.
- The cross of Jesus Christ rises above all other ideas, events, or transactions in surpassing eminence.
- His death is the focal point of divine superiority and excelling excellence over all persons or things.
- There is nothing you should learn first or love more than the Son of God’s death on a Roman cross.
- All other human learning and all efforts or accomplishments disappear fast into a cesspool of failure.
- Without the cross, Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the incarnate Son of God without purpose for His life.
- Without Jesus Christ on it, the cross is a simple wooden torture and execution device of the Romans.
- Your life is full or frustrated, joyful or jaded, energized or empty based on your view of His cross.
- Paul, the learned apostle, declared its glory greater than all other objects (Gal 6:14).
- There are five parts here; each should provoke us to glory i.e. God’s rejection, the action of glory, the object of glory, a changed worldview, a changed reputation.
- The world, pick any desirable aspect of it, is put to shameful death in comparison.
- The world’s ignorance, no matter how intellectual or educated, despised Paul for it.
- How much do you fulfill the five parts of this verse pleasing God by loving Christ?
- What excites … fascinates … humbles … moves you? God and Jesus Christ see it!
- Paul, the great evangelist, declared it the essential component of the gospel (I Co 2:2).
- This learned and eloquent man could have entertained hearers wherever he went.
- Of all the great themes and topics of holy scripture, there is one superior to the rest.
- Market preferences were known, but Christ’s cross transcended all (I Cor 1:22-24).
- Yet the preaching of Christ Jesus always triumphs in its reception (II Cor 2:13-17).
- What content do you most desire and what savor do you produce known to others?
- The preaching of Jesus Christ’s cross is the power and wisdom of God (I Co 1:18-25).
- Redemption and forgiveness display all-abounding wisdom and prudence (Eph 1:7-8).
- Isaiah prophesied of Jesus Christ’s great prudence and His promotion for it (Is 52:13).
- The gospel of Christ’s cross is a new level of knowledge to the knowing (Is 52:15).
- Much ado is made of His wisdom in creation (Job 38:4-11; Pr 8:22-31; Is 40:12-17).
- But His wisdom in Christ’s death to save us is transcendently better (Rom 11:33-36).
- All other human learning, efforts, or accomplishments fast disappear in abject failure.
- Jesus Christ’s love for you, demonstrated on the cross, passes knowledge (Eph 3:19).
- There is no other knowledge of any kind that can compare favorably to any degree.
- All philosophy, politics, religion are answered and exceeded by Jesus Christ’s cross.
- There is no intellectual pursuit of any kind that compares to looking at Christ’s cross.
- Do not be deceived by this information era to pursue or think upon vain knowledge.
- This knowledge – Peter should know – began and ended his epistle (II Pe 1:2-3; 3:18).
- This knowledge – Paul should know – he yet sought with all his might (Phil 3:8-11).
- Basic unbelief – this is most men due to inherited depravity (Ps 14:1-3; II Thes 3:1-2).
- Creation knowledge – truth revealed by natural things seen (Ps 19:1-6; Rom 1:18-25).
- Providence knowledge – God’s character revealed by pleasures (Ac 14:17; Matt 5:45).
- Conscience knowledge – God’s laws revealed by His candle (Pr 20:27; Rom 2:12-16).
- Scripture knowledge – men may memorize its details and miss its Christ (John 5:39).
- Regeneration knowledge – new life with the Spirit may cry Abba, Father (Gal 4:6).
- Conversion knowledge – hearing the truth of Christ to a lesser degree (He 5:12 – 6:3).
- Advanced knowledge – the desire for believers to know Christ better (II Peter 3:18).
- Experiential knowledge – Paul wanted to know Christ and His character (Phil 3:10).
- Perfect knowledge – transcendent by Spirit power to be filled with God (Eph 3:19).
- The god of this world has blinded most men to miss Christ’s gospel (II Cor 4:3-5).
- But God, like in creation, has shined in our hearts to reveal Jesus Christ (II Cor 4:6-7).
- No man knows the Son without God drawing and revealing Him (Jn 6:44; Mat 11:27).
- We have obtained like precious faith with the apostles as a gift from God (II Pet 1:1).
- Eternal life is a gift from God to know Him and His Son (Jn 17:3; I Jn 5:20; He 8:11).
- All other religions are vanity and vexation of the highest magnitude in comparison.
- To even compare the devil’s caricatures to Christ’s cross is to demean God and Christ.
- Compare even Jehovah’s O.T., but Christ and His cross fulfilled and destroyed it.
- The world’s largest religion – Catholicism – ruins the cross by Mary and sacraments.
- The world’s second largest religion – Islam – must deny in the Koran that Jesus died.
- Theology (the science of God) is determined by our Christology (science of Christ).
- The cross of Christ reflects God’s holiness, wrath, love, mercy in a grand display.
- The LORD Jehovah, God and Father of Jesus Christ, planned and purposed the cross.
- The dreadful and terrible God of holiness and wrath bruised and punished His Son.
- Jesus Christ, the Word of God in the flesh, Immanuel, willingly underwent the cross.
- Perfections of an infinite and invisible God are seen in His image (Col 3:10; Heb 1:3).
- The transaction was so severe their inviolate relationship went asunder by your sins.
- You were not friends of this God or Christ, but enemies by wicked works (Rom 5:10).
- You were willing and eager captives and servants of God’s enemy Satan (Eph 2:1-3).
- When He came into the world, you nor your better ancestors counted Him glorious.
- God commended His love by giving His Son for all of His elect (Rom 5:8; John 3:16).
- He had loved them with an everlasting love and therefore drew them to Him (Je 31:3).
- Christ loved His own so much that He willing gave Himself a death ransom for them.
- As an example of love to husbands, Jesus loved His own sacrificially (Eph 5:25-27).
- Herein is love! Herein is love! Not that we loved God, but that He loved us by Christ.
- The world sings of the greatest love of all as the narcissistic and selfish love of self!
- There is no love like God’s love, for though conditional, He fully paid the condition!
- His love is not hidden, for it shines forth every day, but mostly in your heart (Ro 5:5).
- Paul warned against any philosophy or tradition of men contrary to Christ (Col 2:8).
- He was full deity in a human body, and believers are complete in Him (Co 2:9-10).
- The headship of Christ must be constantly protected and promoted (Co 2:18-19).
- We must, and we will, oppose any other Jesus that men may invent (II Cor 11:3-4).
- We devotedly curse any effort by men to add to its finished value (Gal 1:6-9; 5:1-4).
- When Jesus cried, It is finished! He spoke of the work of His cross to redeem you!
- We deny Mary, Peter, Veronica’s towel, or any anyone or anything else as His helper.
- He made an open show of the devil and destroyed Him (Ge 3:15; Jn 12:31; Col 2:15).
- He ripped the veil of the temple and ended the O.T. ceremonial laws (Col 2:14,16-17).
- He made peace in the very place where God was unapproachable by a veil (Hag 2:9).
- From the Passover came its infinite fulfillment of God passing over by Christ’s blood.
- The cross shows the exceeding sinfulness of sin and your sinfulness (Isaiah 53:10-11).
- Jesus was given spoil for the cross and promoted over all (Isaiah 53:12; Phil 2:5-11).
- The sacrifice and shame were so great Jesus is highly exalted (Heb 12:2; Ps 16:8-11).
- Zerubbabel’s temple was inferior to Solomon’s, but its glory was greater (Hag 2:6-9).
- His blood shed on that cross was the blood of the everlasting covenant (Heb 13:20).
- He made peace by the blood of His cross of all things in heaven and earth (Col 1:20).
- His death covered sins past, present, future (Ro 3:25; Heb 9:15; 11:39-40; Re 5:8-10).
- His death united Jews and Gentiles together into one body for habitation by God.
- His death annihilated the boatload of ordinances against us from the Old Testament.
- Incontrovertibly great is the mystery of godliness – His cross in all parts (I Tim 3:16).
- Jesus Christ came for the cross for sinners is worthy of all acceptation (I Tim 1:15).
- Jesus ascended to take the everlasting covenant and secure His throne (Rev 5:1-14).
- A new and living way was opened to heaven and the presence of God (Heb 10:19-22).
- The foolish shall not stand in God’s sight, and He hates all workers of iniquity (Ps 5:5), but the cross of Christ made an abundant entrance to heaven certain (II Pet 1:11).
- There was darkness over the whole land or earth for three hours from noon until 3:00 (Matt 27:45), which was part of that hemisphere and noted by various historians.
- The veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom (Matt 27:51), which was 60 feet tall x 30 feet wide by 4 inches thick, weighed 4 tons, of 72 threads of 24 threads, by 82 seamstresses, manipulated into place by 300 priests. Workhorses could not tear it.
- There was an earthquake; the rocks were rent or torn by the power of God; David metaphorically described the earth shaking for him (Ps 18:7), but what of David’s son!
- The graves were opened by the death of Him Who would soon live again (Mat 27:52), and when He arose the freed bodies joined their souls to pay some visits in Jerusalem.
- The demonstration of God’s power caused the centurion and company to glorify God!
- The thief was promised he would be with Jesus that very day in Paradise (Luk 23:43).
- For historical refutation of a total solar eclipse at the crucifixion, see a scientific link.
- Jesus said that by being lifted up would draw all men to Himself (John 12:31-33).
- Men by faith have been crucified with Christ, and it changed their lives (Gal 2:20).
- Paul was considered mad, even by Christians, but he judged rightly (II Cor 5:13-15).
- Peter preaching Christ’s cross crushed the Jews at Pentecost, Philip did so in Samaria and with the eunuch, Peter with Cornelius, Paul at Antioch, Corinth, Ephesus, etc.
- Three trees matter, but Christ’s tree destroyed the one and gives you right to the other.
- The tree of knowledge of good and evil cost us life and the tree of life (Gen 3:24).
- The tree of Calvary made the tree of life free again (I Pet 2:24; Rev 2:7; 22:2,14).
- So much of anthropology and soteriology and eschatology are based on three trees.
- God has declared – This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
- Jesus – What think ye of Christ? Whose son is he? How is He then David’s Lord?
- Jesus – Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? But whom say ye that I am?
- Peter – Let all Israel know assuredly God made Jesus you crucified Lord and Christ.
- Paul – If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha!
- The Jews made light of it, so He destroyed them and burned up the city (Matt 22:5-7).
- If you reject or neglect Him, you crucify Him again and walk on Him (He 6:6; 10:29).
- Preaching Christ’s cross has always created divisions, which is a very healthy thing.
- Let us preach Christ’s cross sufficiently to drive all reprobates back into the world.
- Belly worshippers will be exposed by their earthly speech and their fruitless lives.
- Thus we shall be left with those who truly love Him or who can fake it right well.
- Baptism, the answer of a good conscience toward God, is observed only once in life.
- The Lord’s Supper, to remember His death till He comes, is observed over and over!
- Compromise or misconduct of this ordinance wrecked physical havoc at Corinth!
- The three witnesses of Christ all take their value from His bloody cross (I John 5:6,8)
- We do not need crosses on steeples, walls, or necklaces … we need love for the Christ of the cross!
- We need our hearts, minds, marriages, families, church centered on fiery passion for Christ’s cross!
For Further Study or Consideration:
- Unsearchable Riches of Christ.
- The Glory of the Cross.
- Who Shall Declare His Generation?
- He Is Altogether Lovely.
- World’s Greatest Lover.
- Facets of Salvation.
- The Cross of Jesus Christ.
- Blood of Christ.
- The Passover Explained and Fulfilled.
- What Did Jesus Finish?
- Adoption as the Sons of God.
- The Two Adams.
- The Triumph of Christ.
- Baptism and Cup of Christ.
- Man of Sorrows.
- Jesus Paid It All.
- Seven Sayings of Cross.
- Isaiah 50.
- Isaiah 53.
- Psalm 22.
- Cross of Christ.
- The Cross of Jesus Christ – 1999.
- The Seed of the Woman.
- Limited Atonement (see also).
- Ready to Die.
- Facets of Salvation.
- Our Great High Priest.
- We Would See Jesus.
- You Need a Lawyer.
- He Is Altogether Lovely .
- World’s Greatest Lover.
- He Ascended Up on High.
- Jesus Is Our Surety.
- Jesus Is the Prince of Peace.
- The Stronger Man.
- Take Up Your Cross Daily.
- Messianic Psalms – An Introduction.
- The Prophecy of Caiaphas.
- Love of Christ Constraineth Us .
- Before the World Began.
- John Piper Sermon Jam.
- S.M. Lockridge, “Do You Know My King?”.
- Galatians 6 (for 6:14).
- More Sermons about Christ.
- More Documents about Christ.