Claude Harmon was a great golf instructor. He had four sons who would go on to become golf instructors as well. One of them, Butch Harmon, would be an instructor of the pros: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, just to name a few. Claude would tell his sons, “Boys, whenever someone comes to you to learn to play golf, you will see in their swing ten different problems. Your job as their teacher is to find the ONE that causes the other nine.” When we look at the world, we can easily see ten problems (poverty, hunger, lack of drinking water, failing economy, rise of socialism, infectious diseases, civil unrest, lack of accountability, unceasing worry, etc.). Is there one problem that causes the rest? The Bible gives a resounding yes! SIN IS THE ONE PROBLEM that causes all of the rest. Sin is falling short of God’s standard in thought, word, and/or action. The fundamental result of sin is separation from God. Jesus dealt with this problem, the fountainhead of all others, on the cross. When the problem was addressed, Jesus declared, “It is finished” (John 19:30) The question to us is “What was finished?” What task, what mission, did Jesus complete? What happened on the cross that makes the cross such a big deal? How is the world different after Jesus died? Today, we are going to answer the questions surrounding the importance of the cross. Jesus died so that we may live.
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