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Let's open our Bibles to Luke chapter 22...Luke chapter 22. We have finally, after a long, long journey, a lifetime for some of your children, arrived at the culminating finale to the gospel of Luke. This chapter, Luke chapter 22, begins the final and most significant section of Luke's gospel. Everything up to this point has been prologue. Everything has been introduction. This is the great climax. This is the culmination of the gospel. This is the crucial point in redemptive history. We now begin the account of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. And with the cross, we come to the reason for the incarnation. It all comes to this great point. Apart from the cross and the resurrection, there would be no hope, there would be no good news, there would be no forgiveness, no salvation no hope of heaven and every human being who has ever lived from Adam to the last human would spend forever in hell in eternal torment. Without the cross and the resurrection, there is no salvation for anyone. This then is the great high point of redemptive history. It is the reason that Paul said, "We preach Christ and Him crucified," 1 Corinthians 1:23, followed it up in chapter 2 verse 2 by saying, "I am determined to know nothing but Christ and Him crucified. That is what I preach and you cannot move me off of that subject."

The glory of the cross, though now unfolding for us in the twenty-second chapter of Luke, is not new in Scripture. The glory of the cross is foreshadowed in the death of the first animal in the Garden, slain by God to make coverings for guilty sinners. The glory of the cross is seen in the acceptable sacrifices of Abel offered to God. The glory of the cross is seen in the ark that delivered Noah and his family from divine destruction. The cross is foreshadowed in the ram caught in the bush substituted for Isaac as a sacrifice to God on Mount Moriah. The cross is foreshadowed in the Passover lambs in Egypt whose blood was splattered on the doorposts and the cross piece in order to cause the angel of death to pass by and not slaughter the first born. The glory of the cross is foreshadowed in the rocks smitten in the wilderness. The glory of the cross is seen in all the Levitical sacrifices throughout the whole Old Testament economy. The glory of the cross is seen in the serpent lifted up in the wilderness to whom people could look and be delivered from death. The glory of the cross and the redemption found there is even seen in Boaz, the kinsman redeemer....

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Grace to You

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry...

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