Cross Christ Bore
Shows the difference between the wooden cross and the spiritual cross.
SNT – 260
Publication Date: 03-19-1967
Victor Paul Wierwille (December 31, 1916 – May 20, 1985) dedicated his life to the research and teaching of the Bible. In his quest for truth he consulted and worked with some of the most outstanding individuals in Biblical studies and Christian living; including Karl Barth, Joseph Bauer, Glenn Clark, Karl J. Ernst, Joseph Friedli, Louis C. Hessert, Elmer G Homrighausen, E. Stanley Jones, George M. Lamsa, Richard and Reinhold Niebuhr, K. C. Pillai, Paul Tillich, Ernst Traeger, and many others.
Dr. Wierwille received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from present day Lakeland College, and conducted graduate studies at the University of Chicago and Princeton Theological Seminary. It was at Princeton that Wierwille earned the Master of Theology degree in Practical Theology. He later completed his Doctor of Theology degree at Pike's Peak Bible Seminary and Burton College in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
Dr. Wierwille was the author of numerous books in the field of Biblical research, including Are the Dead Alive Now?; Receiving the Holy Spirit Today; Jesus Christ Our Passover; and Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed. Additionally, he developed and taught several comprehensive classes directed toward helping people to understand the Bible and to increase the power of God in their lives, such as the Power For Abundant Living series, Living Victoriously, and the University of Life courses. Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille was the founder and president of a world-wide Biblical research, teaching, and fellowship ministry for forty years; as well as the founder and president of several Biblical research centers, colleges, leadership training, and Christian outreach programs associated with it.
Victor Paul Wierwille served the Lord with unending joy all the days of his life as he travelled continuously throughout the world to hold forth the Word of God. He reached thousands of people during his lifetime through his live presentations, numerous radio and television broadcasts, film and video classes, and recorded teachings. And countless others continue to enjoy and be enriched by his books and hundreds of hours of recorded works, many of which are available in the public domain. A detailed listing of his work, as well as more information about his life and teachings can be found at Eternally Blessed (www.eternallyblessed.org).
Excerpt from 260 Cross Christ Bore (3/19/67)
I would like for you to take your Bible tonight and turn to the Gospel of John, please. The Gospel of John, the 19th chapter. And thank you, Rhoda, and thank you, Dorothy. You have been tremendous. Wonderful.
One of the most surprising realities is the truth of God's wonderful matchless word. And those of us that are associated with The Way ministry and its research, and it is a teaching ministry, we realize increasingly the urgency and the necessity of men and women coming back to God’s Word in order to rightly understand it, and to get the full impact of his wonderful Word.
The death and the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ are remarkably and accurately set forth in the Word of God. There is nothing so wonderful as the great accuracy with which God has set these truths in His Word.
In the Gospel of John, in the 19th chapter, and in the 17th verse, we have one verse of scripture from which people have drawn all of their thinking, all of their actions. Even if their thinking and their actions have been contrary to the rest of the Word of God. So tonight, I'd like to handle with you the cross Jesus Christ bore.
In the 17th verse of the Gospel of John we read, “And he [talking about Jesus] bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha.” According to the record here in the Gospel of John, it was Jesus who went forth bearing his cross. Bearing his cross. And I am sure that the pictures that most of the people have in their minds…Christendom in general has the picture of Jesus Christ marching up for Golgotha with the heavy wooden cross on his back. Even to the end that it has a cross bar on it, and it looks like a ‘T’ and he's carrying that up the rugged road to Golgotha. Even some people have pictures in their minds of seven different steps or progressions on the road to Calvary. And how Jesus Christ broke down under the cross. And how a woman came and whipped his face with a cloth. All of these are pictures people have in their mind.
But class, we must always judge the pictures we have in our mind by the accuracy of God’s Word: By the integrity with which the Word of God is set. You and I cannot afford to be engrossed by the pictures, or the doctrines of the commandments of men, if those pictures or those doctrines, or those commandments are contrary to the integrity and the accuracy of the inherent greatness of God’s wonderful, matchless Word.
This scripture here in John 19:17 is the one I believe that most of the people hold to themselves and believe this, never checking the rest of the Word of God to see how God’s Word really fits.
I like for you to turn to Matthew 27 tonight and let the Word, be the Word again to you. Let the Word speak authoritatively and finally in all matters of accuracy of our faith and of our believing. In Matthews 27, beginning with verse 27, now what we are after is the greatness of God's Word in the accuracy as to what cross did Jesus Christ our Savior really bare…
Colossians 2:13, 14
2 Corinthians 5:21
Matthew 8:16, 17
1 Peter 2:21-24
1 Corinthians 1:17, 18
Romans 10:9, 10