Claude Harmon, a great golf instructor, had this advice for other golf instructors: “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, but what is the one that causes the other nine? With all the problems in the world, is there one that causes the others? The Bible gives a resounding, “Yes!”Jesusdealt with the particular problem, the fountainhead of all others, on the cross. When the problem was addressed,Jesusdeclared, “It is finished.” The question comes to us, “What was finished?” What happened on the cross that makes the cross such a big deal? In The Story we find an answer to this question—Matthew27:41-42. “Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, ‘He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.'”
The assessment of Jesus’ death on the cross by the religious leaders was correct. Jesus could not both save himself and save us also. He could save himself and leave us in eternal jeopardy, or He could save us and lose his own life on the cross. The algorithm of God is that God restores life to the world by the death of his Son.
Chapter 26: Small group; Adult Sunday School Class (PDF); Family Pages; Audio; Little Ones/Preschool ( Take Home Page, Trading Card Poster, Activity Sheet); Early Elementary (Take Home Page, Trading Card Poster, Activity Sheet); Kids (Take Home Page, Activity Sheet)