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 “One who heard us was a woman named Lydia…. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.’ And she prevailed upon us.”— Acts 16:14-15

  1. Consider the Unique Person of Jesus (v. 6-7) 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it….. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” — John 1:1-5, 14

  1. Consider the Finished Work of Jesus (v. 8) 

“It is very hard for us today to hear the shocking overtones of the words Paul uses, because the cross has become for us such a domesticated symbol. Today many women and some men dangle crosses from their ears. Our bishops hang crosses around their necks. Our buildings have crosses on the spires, or stained wooden crosses are backlit with fluorescent lights. Some of our older church buildings are actually built in cruciform, and no one is shocked. Suppose you were to place in a prominent position in your church building a fresco of the massed graves of Auschwitz. Wouldn’t everyone be horrified? But in the first century, the cross had something of that symbolic value. Scholars have gone through every instance of the word ‘cross’ and related expressions that come down to us from about the time of Jesus and shown how ‘crucifixion’ and ‘cross’ invariably evoke horror. Of the various forms of Roman execution, crucifixion could be used only for slaves, rebels, and anarchists; it could never be used for a Roman citizen, apart from the express sanction of the Emperor. Crucifixion was considered too cruel – so shameful that the word itself was avoided in polite conversations.” —Don Carson

“Lord, you’re calling me to come. And behold the wondrous cross. To explore the depths of grace that came to me at such a cost. Where your boundless love conquered my boundless sin and mercy’s arms were opened wide. My heart is filled with a thousand songs proclaiming the glories of Calvary. With every breath, Lord I long to sing of Jesus who died for me. Lord, take me deeper into the glories of Calvary. Sinners find eternal joy in the triumph of Your wounds. By our Savior’s crimson flow, holy wrath has been removed. And Your saints below join with your saints above rejoicing in the Risen Lamb.” —“The Glories of Calvary,” Sovereign Grace Music

 

“Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” —Revelation 5:9-10

 

“We never move on from the cross, only into a more profound understanding of the cross.” — David Prior

 

  1. Consider the Triumphant Victory of Jesus (v. 9-11) 

If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins… If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” —1 Corinthians 15:17, 19

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” — Galatians 2:20