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LESSON 1: MY HEART, MY LIFE and MY ALL
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Love and Logic of Commitment
The Logic of Calvary
Who Jesus Is
What He Did
Who We Are
His Pain, Our Gain
Commitment as Seen in Scripture
What is Commitment
The Commitment of Christ
An Early Call
The Burnt Offering
Earmarked for Life Ruth and Esther
And There Were Others Commitment in the New Testament
Commitment in Church History
Commitment in Later Church History
Commitment in Recent History
The High Calling of Commitment
Go for the Gold Commitment is Costly
God Wants the Best
What Hinders Our Commitment?
A Living Sacrifice Reasons for Full Surrender
A Squirming Sacrifice
The Experience of Commitment
It's a Crisis
It's a Process
Now Then, Do it
THE LOVE AND LOGIC OF CALVARY
Nothing in the history of the universe can compare with what happened at the place called Calvary. Compressed in a few hours was an event that, as someone said, "towers o'er the wrecks of time.". More books have been published about that event than perhaps any other. More poetry has been written, more sacred music composed. Some of the world's greatest art masterpieces try to picture it. Sermons without number dwell on the subject. It is commemorated worldwide every time the communion service is held. And every time we see a cross, we remember Who hung on the best known one. The record of those few hours is told in simple, unemotional language, yet the story never fades or grows old. It was the day when the Lord Jesus Christ died. His was a death that was unique - unique as to the Person involved, the people for whom it occurred, and the purpose for which it happened. No one, in his wildest imagination, could have ever conceived a story so grand, so awesome, so far-reaching in time and consequences. Brilliant authors have documented unexpected and unlikely stories, but none can ever match the saga of Calvary. When we try to come to grips with what took place when Christ died, we are faced with tremendous issues. There are conclusions to be drawn, decisions to be made. In the shadow of the cross, we are forced to conclude that it must be everything or nothing. There is no room for neutrality. Those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ dare not be tepid about His Person and work, lest we insult His majesty and exhibit base ingratitude for what He did. It was with justifiable directness that he said to the church in Laodicea, "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth (Rev. 3:16). People for whom Jesus Christ died cannot deny His just claims on them. Or succumb to a ho-hum Christianity. Or live for selfish pleasure. Our redemption demands our total consecration. What If . . . What would happen if believers could stand before the cross and realize more fully what was really happening there? Overwhelmed by the dimensions of their salvation, they would become compulsive worshipers. They would never stop marvelling at the wonderful grace of Jesus, and would talk about Him to anyone who would listen. Day and night they would be unashamedly enthusiastic about the One who called them out of darkness into His marvellous light. Worldly ambitions would perish as they gave themselves without reserve to Christ and His service. The world would be evangelized. Sad to say, this is not the way it is. The church takes it all as a matter of fact. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary does not impact us the way it should. Our conceit may even conclude that it was proper that the Son of God should die for us.
Light in Darkness
Every once in a while a great shaft of light does crash through the darkness. Here and there a believer does stand at Calvary and prays: Oh, make me to understand it Help me to take it in, What it meant to Thee, the Holy One, To bear away my sin. A.M. Kelly. As the deeper significance of what happened there begins to dawn on him or her, that person will never be the same. He says, in effect: I have seen the vision And for self I cannot live. Life is worse than worthless Unless all I give. People like that will never again be satisfied with a bland Christian life. They determine that they will never again lower themselves to the chill of their environment. They realize that the Christianity they see every day is not the Christianity of the New Testament. A new drive controls them. They have a passion that absorbs their waking hours. They may become what some call a fanatic, but that does not deter them in the least. If they have lost their mind, they have found the mind of Christ. If they are beside themselves, it is for God. If they seem odd and out-of-step, it is because they march to the beat of a different Drummer. They don't want anything to come between their soul and full commitment to the Saviour.
Four Arresting Facts
Four tremendous facts lie behind the change. They have seen who Jesus is, what He has done, who they are by contrast, and the incomparable blessings that flow to them from Calvary. It may mean revolutionary changes in our lives. Let us face them bravely and willingly.
WHO JESUS IS?
Now we turn to consider Jesus -- Who He is. Leave Him out and there can be no straight thinking about the meaning of life. He is the hub of history, the fountain of satisfaction, the embodiment of reality, the central fact of life.
He Is Unique
Jesus is the virgin-born Son of Mary, unique from the outset. Others are born to live; He was born to die. News of a baby's birth usually causes joy; news of His birth troubled the ruler and the local populace. Throughout His life people were either for Him or against Him. There was no neutrality.
He Is True Man
Jesus was human. He grew hungry, thirsty, and weary. To His contemporaries He seemed normal. In physical appearance He was one of us. In His twenties, He was a carpenter in Nazareth. At thirty, He began a public ministry of preaching, teaching, and healing. No one had valid reason to doubt His true humanity.
He Is Sinless Man
But there was something that distinguished Jesus' humanity from ours; He was sinless. There was once a Man on this earth who was utterly free from the stain of sin. Never an evil thought, a base motive, a sinful act. He was tempted from without but never from within. He always did those things that pleased His Father - and that precluded the possibility of His ever sinning. Even people who would not claim to be His friends had to admit that He was innocent. Pilate could find no fault in Him. Pilate's wife spoke of Jesus as a just Man. Herod searched in vain for evidence against Him. The dying thief protested that Jesus had done nothing wrong. The centurion called him a righteous Man. And Judas admitted that he himself had betrayed innocent blood. Yes, our Lord is unique. He is truly human. And He is sinlessly human, but that is not all. We can never comprehend a fraction of the magnitude of the meaning of Calvary until we realize that the One who died there is more.
He Is God
Yes. The One who died on the middle cross is God Incarnate. Isaiah identified Him as the mighty God (Isaiah 9:6). God the Father addressed Him as God: "But to the Son He says: 'Your throne, O God, is forever and ever....'" (Heb. 1:8). John said "...the Word was God (John 1:1)," then thirteen verses later said, "...And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" --- a description that could apply only to the Lord Jesus. Our Lord insisted that everyone should honour Him just as they honour the Father (John 5:23). Paul spoke of Christ as the “One who is over all, the eternally blessed God" (Rom. 9:5). Over 100 other Scriptures leave no room for argument: Jesus Christ is God. In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9). John Wesley caught the wonder of the incarnation when he wrote, "Our God contracted to a span, incomprehensibly made Man." And William Billings, a musical amateur and a tanner by trade, invites us to "Come, see your God extended on the straw." Another poet, now unknown, wrote: "Lo, within a manger lies He who built the starry skies." And yet another now anonymous author penned these words: Cold on the cradle the dew-drops are falling; Low lies His head with the beasts of the stall. Angels adore Him, in slumber reclining, Maker, and Monarch, and Saviour of all. Booth-Clibborn, a British hymn writer, also realized that it was no less than God who came to Bethlehem: Down from His glory, ever living story, My God and Saviour came, And Jesus was His name. The young Jew of Nazareth was the "Ancient of Days." It was God the Son who wore the carpenter's apron amid the sawdust of that shop. It was the God-man who wore the slave's apron and washed His disciples' feet. It was the Son of God who created optic nerves for a man born blind. No one but God could quell the stormy waters of the Sea of Galilee with a word. Only He could raise a Lazarus after he had been dead four days. We cannot overemphasize the fact that the Christ of Calvary is the One "who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him" (Zechariah 12:1). We tend to make Him in our own image and likeness. As He said to His own people in Psalm 50:21, "You thought that I was altogether like you?" Words are contemptibly inadequate when they try to describe the Person of the Lord Jesus. The mysterious union of God and Man in Him exhausts language. But we mustn't stop there. An added wonder boggles the mind. As we now consider what He did for us, we are overwhelmed by sensory overload.
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True or False
1. There are not many books published about Calvary. TRUE ............ FALSE .............
2. The death of Christ has a great impact on the unsaved. TRUE ............ FALSE .............
3. The world might call a very zealous Christian a fanatic. TRUE ............ FALSE .............
4. There should be a great transformation in those that trust Christ. TRUE ............ FALSE .............
5. Christ is the hub of history. TRUE ............ FALSE .............
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6. A young .......... of .......... was the .......... of days.
7. .......... are born to ..........; He was .......... to ...........
8. .......... wife spoke of .......... as a .......... ...........
9. .......... word .......... flesh and .......... .......... and we .......... his ..........
10. The mysterious .......... of .......... and .......... in him .......... language.
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