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What Jesus Did For Me
Dan Stolebarger - February 8, 2004

Message Recap

In correlation with Communion Sunday, Pastors Dan Stolebarger, Justin Anderson, and Kyle Osland presented the congregation with a powerful message outlined by the Stations of the Cross. The room fell silent and hearts swelled with reverent conviction and sensitivity as Dan, Justin, and Kyle presented their audience with a graphic summary of the pain that Christ endured during His crucifixion.

Sacrifice

Station 1 - Jesus is Condemned to Die

Most of us live freely with little chance of us having to pay the penalty of death for our faith. Christ died for us because he loves us. This is the most selfless act of sacrifice that anyone could give.

Willingness

Station 2 - Jesus Takes up His Cross

Pastor Dan affirmed that the table of the Lord must not be approached lightly. God wants to use us but before we can begin His work we must first hear His call. The question is, are you willing to sacrifice when God makes His call on your life? Is there anything that you are not willing to let go for His sake?

Imagine for a moment if God was selfish, if He only loved us partly and not completely. Imagine if He only forgave half of your sins and not all of them. Do you remember those things that God forgave so long ago? Imagine if you were bound to a burden of shame for eternity because of all the things that you have done. Furthermore, imagine if you were bound to a burden of the world's shame for what they have done. Finished?

It is our duty to love the Lord with everything that we are and everything that we have. If we try to hold something back from the Lord it will eventually end up hindering us from His perfect plan in the end. Jesus already carried the cross for us. All we need to do is follow Him.

Weakness

Station 3 - Jesus Falls the First Time

The crowd was roaring with names and abusive language. They wanted Him to suffer. What had He done?

We are weak and our own hearts condemn us. Yet, in the midst of sadness of confusion there is One willing to carry all of our blame so that we may walk freely. It is an opportunity to let someone else deal with the shame from the past so that we can move on without a heavy weight on our hearts.

His name is Jesus Christ. He died for the burdens we try to hold onto without His help. He calls us to release our troubles to Him.

Chosen

Station 4 - Simon of Cyrene

Can you see him? Not Jesus, but the man standing on the corner with the sign asking for money. How many times a day do you pass these men and women? What do you see in their faces, perhaps their last resort to life? What would you do if Jesus asked you to help that person on the street? Would you surrender all out of faith?

Simon of Cyrene was chosen. He was chosen to pick up the cross and follow Jesus Christ. God chose him for that specific task. Is God telling you to give or do something for His sake?

Perseverance

Station 5 and 6 - Jesus Falls the Second and Third Time

We complain and then we quit. Too many of us are quick to judge our surroundings without letting God's purpose come into full effect. Imagine if Jesus gave up on the way to Calvary. Praise the Lord that He knew the plan while here on earth so that we could be saved!

Exposure

Station 7 - Jesus is Stripped of His Clothes

God bore no leniency in the death of His only son. He knew what the people had to be exposed to so that it would be documented and passed on by faith. Honestly, it is easier to try to hide from God then to let all be seen by Him. The only reason we feel the need to hide is from our lack of obedience. God wants us to trust Him and become naked before Him so that he can transform us into what he created us to be.

Nailed

Station 8 - Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

The thorns, the beating, and the nakedness were not enough. Jesus had to be placed on view for all to see. There was no hiding who the Son of God was.

Do not feel that you have to hide who you are from God. You are not going to be placed on display before anyone but Him on Judgment Day. God loves you and He wants to give you everything. In the Bible Matthew 6:33 says, Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Momentary Silence

Station 9 - Jesus Dies

He was chosen to be crucified and beaten. Matthew 27:26 He was mocked, stripped, spit on, and a crown of thorns was placed on His head. Matthew 27:27-30

He refused to be helped by the aide of medicine. Matthew 27:34 He was hung on the cross and about nine hours later His spirit was given up and the earth trembled. It was then that a certain centurion and the people with him exclaimed that Jesus must have been the Son of God. Matthew 50-54

Removed

Station 10 and 11 - Jesus is Taken from the Cross and Laid in the Tomb

Jesus was placed in the tomb and a large stone was rolled in front of it Matthew 27:60.

Conclusion

From the Writer:

Following the message comparing the gospels on the Life of Christ was amazing. Our Lord and Savior sacrificed so much so that we might have a chance at heaven today. The love and overwhelming blessing from our Lord felt on Sunday was incredible.

It is absolutely necessary to read and compare the gospels on your own to experience Christ and His love for us. I am still overwhelmed and cannot wait to go back and do some more research on the life and death of Christ. We should not take Him for granted. He lived and died so that we might experience salvation.

It is time to take advantage of what is provided to us through the kingdom of God. If you do not know what these advantages are I do encourage you to seek counseling from someone you look up to Spiritually. It is your life that is on the line. You need to know how important your life is. After all, the very hairs on your head were numbered by God Himself. Matthew 10:30

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Read a medical account of the crucifixion of Jesus. This is the account that Pastor Justin read during the service.

In correlation with Communion Sunday, Pastors Dan Stolebarger, Justin Anderson, and Kyle Osland presented the congregation with a powerful message outlined by the Stations of the Cross. The room fell silent and hearts swelled with reverent conviction and sensitivity as Dan, Justin, and Kyle presented their audience with a graphic summary of the pain that Christ endured during His crucifixion.

Sacrifice

Station 1 - Jesus is Condemned to Die

Most of us live freely with little chance of us having to pay the penalty of death for our faith. Christ died for us because he loves us. This is the most selfless act of sacrifice that anyone could give.

Willingness

Station 2 - Jesus Takes up His Cross

Pastor Dan affirmed that the table of the Lord must not be approached lightly. God wants to use us but before we can begin His work we must first hear His call. The question is, are you willing to sacrifice when God makes His call on your life? Is there anything that you are not willing to let go for His sake?

Imagine for a moment if God was selfish, if He only loved us partly and not completely. Imagine if He only forgave half of your sins and not all of them. Do you remember those things that God forgave so long ago? Imagine if you were bound to a burden of shame for eternity because of all the things that you have done. Furthermore, imagine if you were bound to a burden of the world's shame for what they have done. Finished?

It is our duty to love the Lord with everything that we are and everything that we have. If we try to hold something back from the Lord it will eventually end up hindering us from His perfect plan in the end. Jesus already carried the cross for us. All we need to do is follow Him.

Weakness

Station 3 - Jesus Falls the First Time

The crowd was roaring with names and abusive language. They wanted Him to suffer. What had He done?

We are weak and our own hearts condemn us. Yet, in the midst of sadness of confusion there is One willing to carry all of our blame so that we may walk freely. It is an opportunity to let someone else deal with the shame from the past so that we can move on without a heavy weight on our hearts.

His name is Jesus Christ. He died for the burdens we try to hold onto without His help. He calls us to release our troubles to Him.

Chosen

Station 4 - Simon of Cyrene

Can you see him? Not Jesus, but the man standing on the corner with the sign asking for money. How many times a day do you pass these men and women? What do you see in their faces, perhaps their last resort to life? What would you do if Jesus asked you to help that person on the street? Would you surrender all out of faith?

Simon of Cyrene was chosen. He was chosen to pick up the cross and follow Jesus Christ. God chose him for that specific task. Is God telling you to give or do something for His sake?

Perseverance

Station 5 and 6 - Jesus Falls the Second and Third Time

We complain and then we quit. Too many of us are quick to judge our surroundings without letting God's purpose come into full effect. Imagine if Jesus gave up on the way to Calvary. Praise the Lord that He knew the plan while here on earth so that we could be saved!

Exposure

Station 7 - Jesus is Stripped of His Clothes

God bore no leniency in the death of His only son. He knew what the people had to be exposed to so that it would be documented and passed on by faith. Honestly, it is easier to try to hide from God then to let all be seen by Him. The only reason we feel the need to hide is from our lack of obedience. God wants us to trust Him and become naked before Him so that he can transform us into what he created us to be.

Nailed

Station 8 - Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

The thorns, the beating, and the nakedness were not enough. Jesus had to be placed on view for all to see. There was no hiding who the Son of God was.

Do not feel that you have to hide who you are from God. You are not going to be placed on display before anyone but Him on Judgment Day. God loves you and He wants to give you everything. In the Bible Matthew 6:33 says, Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Momentary Silence

Station 9 - Jesus Dies

He was chosen to be crucified and beaten. Matthew 27:26 He was mocked, stripped, spit on, and a crown of thorns was placed on His head. Matthew 27:27-30

He refused to be helped by the aide of medicine. Matthew 27:34 He was hung on the cross and about nine hours later His spirit was given up and the earth trembled. It was then that a certain centurion and the people with him exclaimed that Jesus must have been the Son of God. Matthew 50-54

Removed

Station 10 and 11 - Jesus is Taken from the Cross and Laid in the Tomb

Jesus was placed in the tomb and a large stone was rolled in front of it Matthew 27:60.

Conclusion

From the Writer:

Following the message comparing the gospels on the Life of Christ was amazing. Our Lord and Savior sacrificed so much so that we might have a chance at heaven today. The love and overwhelming blessing from our Lord felt on Sunday was incredible.

It is absolutely necessary to read and compare the gospels on your own to experience Christ and His love for us. I am still overwhelmed and cannot wait to go back and do some more research on the life and death of Christ. We should not take Him for granted. He lived and died so that we might experience salvation.

It is time to take advantage of what is provided to us through the kingdom of God. If you do not know what these advantages are I do encourage you to seek counseling from someone you look up to Spiritually. It is your life that is on the line. You need to know how important your life is. After all, the very hairs on your head were numbered by God Himself. Matthew 10:30

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Read a medical description of the crucifixion of Jesus. This is the account that Pastor Justin read during the service.

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This Message

In this message, Pastor Dan, Pastor Justin, and Pastor Kyle take us through the Stations of the Cross so we can get a deeper understanding of what Jesus did for us.

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