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13. The Three Crosses
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 The Three Crosses - John 12:31-33
John 19:17,18 - "In the midst"


I. Cross of condemnation - Lk.23:39
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Cursing & swearing - blaming someone else for his dilemma 
    * Bitterness & resentment

II. Cross of repentance - Lk. 23:40-42
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Admits his guilt
     * Acknowledges that the sinlessness of Christ is the only cure for the sinfulness of man.  AA 210
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What kind of life would he had lived, had he been permitted to live?

III.
Jesus' Cross was the tree of the knowledge of good & evil.
    A.) * The best about God and the worst about man
             7 wounds - Brow pierced with thorns - evil thoughts 
            
Hands nailed - wrong behavior
             Feet fastened - evil places
             Back scourged - idolatrous gods we carry & for cowardice
             Speared side - in the face of duty and obedience
         *  Marks of the fall - Thorns, Sweat, Cursed, Naked, Sorrow, Separated, Sword of death.  DA 25
    B.)    Answers all the issues of the great controversy
         *  The death of Christ upholds His law and that sinless creatures could (obey) keep it.
         *  The character of God is seen as self-denial & sacrifice.  PP 69,70; Rom. 5:8
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It divides between life & death.  It softens or hardens.  
             It brings judgment.  John 3:17,18
 
 


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