The centrality of the cross to the Bible is seen in that the cross was predicted, proclaimed, and fulfilled. (Rev. 13:8; I Peter 1:19-20)
All the doctrines of salvation are dependent on the cross for their explanation.
1. The cross was the voluntary choice of our Savior. (John 10:17)
2. The cross, in itself was a triumph.
a. triumph over sin (Hebrews 9:26)
b. triumph over death (Hebrews 2:14-15)
c. triumph over the law (Colossians 2:14)
3. The cross is our power and glory. (Philippians 3:18; I Corinthians 1:24)
a. to the world, the cross is foolishness
b. to religious people, the cross is a stumbling block.
4. The cross forces us to place our trust in God's way.
5. The cross forces us to accept the concept of grace.
John Stott- the cross enforces three truths
about ourselves- our sin must be extremely horrible.
about God- His love must be wonderful beyond comprehension.
about Jesus- His salvation must be a free gift.