Because of the Glory of the Cross

Rod Hutton September 26, 2021 John 19:16-30
Outline

John 12:23 - And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.”

John 17:1-2 - Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life.”

6 surprising elements of the glory of the cross

I. Christ’s Willingness to be Cast Out in Order for Us to be Brought in

A. He went to the place of the skull

Hebrews 13:11-13 - For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.

B. He was numbered with the transgressors

Isaiah 53:12 - Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death ,and was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.

II. Christ Endured Being Mocked Even Though He Is the King, so We Would Be Accepted

Revelation 12:10 - … the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.

A. The mockery of Pilate’s inscription

John 19:19-22 - Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It was written, “JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” Therefore many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Latin and in Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews were saying to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews’; but that He said, ‘I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”

B. Jesus’ glory as King will be displayed to many

Revelation 19:16 - And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Philippians 2:8-11 - Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

III. Christ Was Stripped so that We Can be Clothed

A. The soldiers took His clothes and exposed His nakedness

John 19:23 - Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece. So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be”; this was to fulfill the Scripture: “They divided My outer garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”

Psalm 22:18 - They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.

B. Christ took the nakedness and shame of mankind that started in the garden

Genesis 3:7-11 - Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”

C. We can be clothed with salvation made available at the cross

Isaiah 61:10 - I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Romans 6:11 - Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Romans 13:14 - But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

IV. Christ Was Alone so that We Can be Adopted

A. Jesus’ provision for His mother while suffering

John 19:26-27 - When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.

B. Jesus’ provision for His enemies through suffering and death

Romans 5:8-10 - But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Romans 8:15 - … you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

V. Christ Was Willing to Thirst so that We Would Never Thirst Again

A. The physical thirst

John 19:28 - After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, “I am thirsty.”

Psalm 69:21 - They also gave me gall for my food and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

B. The spiritual thirst

Jeremiah 2:11-13 - Has a nation changed gods When they were not gods? But My people have changed their glory for that which does not profit. “Be appalled, O heavens, at this, and shudder, be very desolate,” declares the Lord. “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water.”

John 7:37-39 - Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

VI. Christ Obediently Accomplished the Work of the Father so that We Can Turn from Our Dead Works and Believe in Him

A. By trusting in His finished work

John 19:30 - He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

John 10:18 - No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.

John 17:4 - I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.

B. By living out our faith based on what He has accomplished

Ephesians 2:8-10 - For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

What do you think about when you think of glory, when were your glory days?

Bruce Springsteen’s hit – Glory days sings about life that just doesn’t look like we imagined it would causing us to look back on our glory days, the high school football championship or may be the days when life was easy and you were at the top of the heap – then He sings “Glory days, well they’ll just pass you by… And I hope when I get old I don't sit around thinking about it…But I probably will…Yeah, just sitting back trying to recapture A little of the glory.”

It can be sad when we consider that what we see as glory are the things that are past that time simply cannot recapture.

But that’s our glory, what about God’s glory?

John Piper defines God’s glory as the public display of God’s infinite holiness that results in praise…

Our glory was typically something that caused us to be noticed and even exalted at the time, but it was fleeting – “Glory Days, well they’ll just pass you by.”

In our community today, it is typically public figures that are given glory…rarely do we think about the Janitor receiving glory…we think about sports icons or celebrities, the news makers for the day and when we praise them and put them on a pedestal they are hearing the world tell them… you are great, you are glorious, we love you.

God is very jealous for his glory…the praise that is due only to him. In fact, in Isaiah 42 he says that he will not share his glory with another.

Why? Because what we call glorious is nothing – it would be like comparing a mud puddle to the Pacific Ocean

It would be against God’s character to share His glory with anyone else. It is not that God is some spoiled child that won’t share his toys with the other kids. Rather, it is completely wrong because there is none like our God.

The point that I am trying to make is…God is very focused on his glory…the praise that is due to him. But what is fascinating when you think about God’s glory, it is not like our glory in that his glory is not achieved the way that we think about glory being achieved. By his very nature, God is glorious.

Then how do we see glory? God’s plan to reveal His glory has always been that He would show us His greatest glory through Jesus Christ. Jesus pointed us to God’s plan when he said…

John 12:23 — 23 And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.

John 17:1–2 — 1 Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, 2 even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life.

For the disciples hearing this, they would have been asking one another, does this mean that He is going to establish His kingdom and be the Messiah that they wanted Him to be overthrowing the Romans and the oppressive Jewish systems.

Christ knows better…he knows what is going to glorify him…it’s not his triumphal entry into Jerusalem…rather it is the shameful, humiliating and brutal way he would be ushered out of Jerusalem…it’s the cross…

This morning I want us to think about…

Enjoying Life in His name because of the Glory of the Cross

READ JOHN 19:16-30

With our time this morning let’s look at…6 Surprising Elements of the Glory of the Cross

The first is…

Christ’s willingness to be cast out in order for us to be brought in.

Christ is the one and only Son of God….he is the one who knows the father completely and fully….

What would motivate him to do this? He could have walked away. What would motivate him to go to the Cross… God’s glory…and from that glory comes the most amazing truth…God loves you…

He loves you….you….let’s just be honest for a moment…you are not all that lovely…I am not talking about what you see in the mirror…I am talking about your heart…you are a rebel…you are a traitor…you are guilty of being a liar, a thief…and so much more…and yet he loves you…

And he loves you so very much that he is willing to be cast out…cast out of the presence of the Father…so that you might be brought in….brought in to the family of God…

For you….Christ….

He went to the place of the skull

The place of the skull is translated Golgotha in Hebrew, and in Latin it is translated Calvary…regardless of the language…The significance is that you executed people outside the city,

  • Crucifixions were like billboards….as you entered the city, you were warned that if you do not submit to Roman authority, if you are an insurrectionist this will happen to you, because of the power, might, and glory of Rome.

Yet the cross of Christ did so much more…it is the billboard that shows us what we deserve because we have sinned against, we have rebelled against the true power and authority of the God of the universe…

Do you believe that about yourself…do you view yourself as a rebel…you are a rebel against God…if you don’t know Christ…you are still a rebel…

But the billboard completes the message and shows that our penalty was paid by another

Christ died and was sentenced liked a rebel…but he was no rebel…

He shows that He loves you because he willingly allowed himself to be crucified, willingly accepted that He would be cast out by His heavenly Father, all as the means to pay the debt that you owe.

Exodus 29:14 — 14 “But the flesh of the bull and its hide and its refuse, you shall burn with fire outside the camp; it is a sin offering.

  • The Author of Hebrews highlights how important it was for Christ to be taken outside the city as an offering for sin…so that we might be sanctified, made holy before God because of the shedding of his blood…

Hebrews 13:11–13 — 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside the camp. 12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 13 So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.

As followers of Christ, we must marvel at the glory of God on display as Jesus is being put out…He is our only hope of being brought into God’s city, God’s kingdom…and so it impacts us that we must be willing to also at times bear the reproach of being identified with Christ, that we might also seek to share the good news with others so that they too might be brought in.

Jesus was not only put outside the city, he was crucified between 2 criminals…the scripture says…

He was numbered with the transgressors

This was no accident….no small detail…Isaiah prophesied it 700 years before…

Isaiah 53:12 — 12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.

To the Romans…the Jews…to the World…he was a rebel who needed to be put down…he needed to be killed so that he could be silenced…because they wanted their own kingdoms to continue…

But why did Christ go out to the place of the Skull?

Why was he cast out? So we could be brought in…brought into the family of God.

When your sins cause you to feel isolated, God wants you to know you have a place to turn – the cross, cast out at the place of the skull, where our Messiah willingly died for you and for me.

When your sins causes you to feel shame – turn to the cross, because He took the shame for you, but even more

Christ endured being mocked even though He is the king, so we would be accepted.

The mockery of Pilate’s Inscription

John 19:19–22 — 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It was written, “JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” 20 Therefore many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Latin and in Greek. 21 So the chief priests of the Jews were saying to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews’; but that He said, ‘I am King of the Jews.’ ” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”

Think back to what Pastor Viars said about spiritual cowardice, how a coward speaks a big game for the purpose of making themselves look strong.

Pilate decides to make a point – he wanted everyone to know the power he held based on who he ordered crucified and he wrote it in Hebrew, Latin (the language of the Romans) and Greek…the language that most folks spoke around the Mediterranean world for commerce…a bit like English of today.

Pilates’ mocking of Jesus is as much an insult at Christ as it is as the Jews…

Of course, Pilate’s action outrages the Jews…their evil wanted to further mock Jesus by making it say “He said ‘I am the King of the Jews.’” Their evil wanted to prevent anyone from seeing Jesus as who he claimed to be.

Ironically, much like when the High Priest said to the Pharisees in John 11 “You know nothing at all, …it is in your best interest that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish instead.” Just like Caiaphas’s hateful statement is true, Pilate’s mockery of Jesus and the Jews is completely true.

The goal of mockery is always the same …you look to elevate yourself and put down others…why are they doing this to Jesus…it’s one last spit in his face…

And yet…

Jesus’s glory as King is will be displayed to many

The whole book of John is laying out Who Jesus is, what He did, so that people will believe in Him…put their faith in what He did on the cross as their only hope of salvation.

At the cross, Pilate was mocking, while God was proclaiming His glory….

Philippians 2:8–11 — 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

When we look ahead, we see God’s glory clearly proclaimed at a time He will not be mocked; when Christ returns again…

[Note this verse moved in order for slides] Revelation 19:16 — 16

And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

But here is the point… while on the Cross, Christ bore the insults of those trying to discredit him as a king…he boar those insults…so that we would be welcomed in and accepted…

IN addition to being cast out and mocked…

Christ was shamed stripped so that we can be clothed.

You see …

The soldiers took his clothes and exposed his nakedness

John 19:23 — 23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece. 24 So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be”; this was to fulfill the Scripture: “They divided My outer garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.”

The actions of everyone involved were wicked, the soldiers not only inflicted great suffering, but then they would take the belongings of the person being crucified…as if crucifixion were not enough…

We see this same evil heart in TV shows or movies when an individual is looking to get revenge, they don’t just walk up and shoot the person. First they begin by discrediting them, get them fired from their job, break up their family, take all of their money and then only after proving that they were the one to to cause all that pain, then after a long dramatic monologue, only then would they be satisfied that death was enough.

For the Romans and the Jews, as if crucifixion were not enough, we will mock you, we will take your clothes, we will take your dignity, then we might allow you to die.

But for Christ, He willingly took that shame so that it might bring glory in the fulfillment of scripture.

Psalm 22:18 — 18 They divide my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots.

If the cross was all about Christ being glorified…the world is trying to shame him.

If the cross is going to demonstrate Christ’s rule as the rightful king over the world…the world is trying to show who is in charge…and part of that is by stripping him completely naked.

Why did God allow it? God allowed it because…

Christ took the nakedness and shame of mankind that started in the garden

Do you remember the first clothing…the first coverings….and why they were needed because of Adam and Eve’s sin and rebellion…

Genesis 3:7–11 — 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. 8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”

Clothing has always been a tool for hiding, for concealing….and while in our day and age the game is played with as little clothing can I get away with…that is not because our sin and shame are less, it is because we have redefine what is sin.

Mankind needed to be clothed because of our sin…and so Christ becomes that substitution for us that we need.

Carrying our sin and shame before the Father, Christ stood naked and unashamed because he was doing the Father’s will…so that we might be saved.

God’s glory is displayed because Christ’s nakedness before the Father addresses our sin and shame in a powerful way, so that …

We can be clothed with salvation made available at the cross

We are to proclaim God’s glory as it says in….

Isaiah 61:10 — 10 I will rejoice greatly in the Lord, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

We are to put on Christ through Faith…through believing in Him…

Romans 6:11 — 11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

We are made alive, in Christ Jesus…we must be clothed with His perfect obedience, His perfect righteousness….we are clothed by believing Jesus is the Christ, and His work on the cross is what we trust in to be reconciled to our God.

This is the application for today’s message

[Share Gospel]

The Bad news in today’s passage is that it is my sin, my selfish desires, my prideful heart, my rejection Jesus, my desire to discredit the King of Kings by saying he was just a man, or just a good teacher or that he was just a story in a book, a fairytale and even if he was real, His death means nothing for me

But God so Loved the world, God so loves You that He sent his Son to be cast out, to be mocked and beaten, to be stripped naked, to pay the debt, the penalty that we deserve before a Holy God and He only asks that you believe in Him and you will be saved, you can have eternal life

– If you know that you do not have a saving relationship with Christ…I want to encourage you to admit the shame of your sin, how it is an offense against your creator, that He had to suffer in your place to make a way for you to be saved…and then take the clothing of Christ he offers you, and trust in Him for your salvation.

Believing friend…if you have trusted in Christ…if you have put Him on by faith and you are now alive to God in Christ…you must keep trusting, keep viewing yourself through your relationship with Jesus so that it changes how you live, and it changes what you desire….

He is calling you to cloth yourself in Christ

Romans 13:14 — 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

If that was not enough, let’s look at other ways that God’s glory is revealed…

Christ willingness to be was alone so that we can be a part of His forever family. adopted

Did you see Jesus’s care you others even while He is on the cross….

Jesus’ provision for His mother while suffering

While the 4 soldiers were stripping Jesus, a small number of Jesus’s closest friends and family watched in horror. And while Jesus knows that He will be utterly alone, as Psalm 22 states He will be forsaken of the Father….He is going to be alone, and isolated in a way like no other as he bears the wrath of God that mankind deserves….

At that moment, He does not ask them to care for him, He gives them to one another

John 19:26–27 — 26 When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.

It is amazing as he suffers, after being scourged, too weak to carry his cross all the way to Calvary, and now fighting for each breath as people who are crucified are basically asphyxiated…He makes sure his mother is taken care of….that shows the glory of our compassionate God….but I believe His glory is displayed even greater. You see Jesus didn’t just provide protection for his family, he provided a way for His enemies to be protected…

God’s glory is displayed though….

Jesus provision for His enemies through suffering and death

Scripture calls you and me, God’s enemies. Christ did not just provide for his friends and family…no, he did something ever far greater on the cross…he was willing to be separated so we, his enemies…could be adopted.

Romans 5:8–10 — 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

It is easy to love those who love you when you are comfortable…much harder to love when you are suffering and much much harder to love your enemies….the soldiers who are stripping you in shame…much harder to love ..and therefore much more glorious.

Consider Jesus’ prayer recorded in the others gospel come to your mind…Father forgive them…they know not what they do….and yet they were still guilty, and they needed the lamb of God to take away the sins of the world…and they needed to come to believe that he was the messiah, the Son of God…to cloth themselves with Christ to then be a part of His household, part of His kingdom, part of His forever family.

The hour of God glorifying the son continues as every little detail has purpose and points to Who God is, what He has said, and what He is ultimately providing through the cross of Christ.

Christ was willing to thirst so that we would never thirst again.

We first recognize that this was real physical suffering in our place…there was …

The physical thirst

John 19:28 — 28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, “I am thirsty.”

Jesus knew exactly what He was saying…He knew that this is the plan of the Father being worked out to perfection for His glory and for our salvation….

Jesus says, “I thirst” and it once again shows the glory of God where God’s word is fulfilled perfectly as we see Psalm 69 says…

Psalm 69:21 — 21 They also gave me gall for my food and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

This sour wine, was a wine that slaves and soldiers drank…it was cheap…it was different than the Mryr or Gall that was offered him earlier…he refused to drink that as it would have numbed his pain…and he was taking the full wrath of God in our place….however there was more than just physical suffering, more than just physical thirst…the Love of the Father and Son, the perfect relationship was going to be dry… Jesus has to thirst that we might never thirst again

This is not only about our physical thirst, We must focus also on…

The spiritual thirst

As Jesus told the Samaritan Woman, if you ask of me, I will give you living water, but on the cross he is pointing us to the longing in the heart of man that no water can quench, even though we have tried.

Jeremiah 2:11–13 11 “Has a nation changed gods When they were not gods? But My people have changed their glory for that which does not profit. 12 “Be appalled, O heavens, at this, And shudder, be very desolate,” declares the Lord. 13 “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water.

But Christ had promised a solution…

John 7:37–39 — 37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ ” 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Friend, if you are thirsty…what drink are you reaching for? What are you wanting? What is it that you think can satisfy. Can you see how it can never satisty? It can never quench your thirst

Friend if you are thirsty, if you are parched…come to Jesus.

He has the only solution that can quench for you…You can be satisfied in him

Lastly, we see that…

VI. Christ obediently accomplished the work of the Father so that we can turn from our dead works and believe in Him.

We believe in Him….

By trusting in His finished work

John 19:29–30 — 29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. 30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

It is finished…He did everything He was supposed to do….He did it willingly…He went to the cross willingly…

In fact he even willingly laid down his life…

John 10:18 — 18 “No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”

The cross brings God glory because Jesus accomplished all that God planned….

John 17:4 — 4 “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.

We also continue to believe in Him, and we continue to bring him glory….

By living out our faith based on what He has accomplished

Ephesians 2:8–10 — 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

  • He finished a work, that we being sinners could never accomplish…and so we must humble ourselves and trust what He has done…salvation is by Faith in what Christ has done…

….therefore God gets all the glory and no one can boast…

…but as a result we can by the grace of God live changed lives that God has prepared for us…believing Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, and then enjoying life in His name.

Authors

Rod Hutton

Roles

Northend Community Center Director - Northend Ministries

Bio

B. Mathematics – University of Minnesota
M.A. – National Security Affairs – Naval Post Graduate School
M. Div – Faith Bible Seminary

Pastor Rod Hutton and his wife Kathy have been married for 30 years. They have five children, Chris, Tim , Malia, Grace and Josie. The Huttons came to Lafayette on assignment with the Navy to Purdue University which afforded the opportunity to attend Faith Bible Seminary. In 2018, Rod retired from Naval Service and joined the staff to lead the efforts in opening and operating the Northend Community Center and in 2019 he was ordained as a pastor with Faith Church.