Scripture Reference: John 19:17-27
CompassionDr. Warren W. Wiersbe | February 5, 1978
Selected highlights from this sermon
Pastor Wiersbe examines what it’s like to be near the cross of Jesus from the perspective of His closest friends. What did being at the foot of the cross mean to Mary, John, Salome, and Mary Magdalene?
To be near the cross is not a matter of geographical location, but spiritual attitude.
What does the cross mean for you?
Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.
What kind of a place is it near the cross?
- Mary Magdalene: a place of redemption
- Mary recognized that she had been bought with a price.
- Jesus redeemed her out of darkness.
- Salome: a place of rebuke
- Salome asked that her sons would sit on either side of Jesus’ throne.
- Salome realized how selfish her prayer was.
- The cross rebukes our worldliness, cheap values, selfish ambition, Christian competition, and blessed bragging.
- Mary: a place of reward
- When we first meet Mary, it is at a wedding with joy and a miracle. Now it is at a funeral full of sorrow.
- Jesus caused Mary sorrow throughout His life.
- Jesus gave her a new son to love her.
- All of Mary’s suffering was worth it.
- The greatest gift is not riches it’s relationships.
- John: a place of responsibility
- John was the only disciple at the foot of the cross.
- Jesus gave John the responsibility of taking His place on Earth.
- One of the weakness in the church is Christians don’t get close enough to the cross to feel their responsibility.
- Responsibility is our response to His ability.
How do we get near the cross?
Recognize you need for redemption and reach out in faith.