Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

The World’s Darkest Hour, Part 8 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 454 since Jan. 20, 2017 / Day 821 since Jan. 1, 2016)

Honoring and giving glory to God and Jesus Christ, and remembering their servant Billy Graham by preaching an adaptation of one of his powerful messages.

TEXT: Matthew 26:36-39:

36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.

37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.

38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.


Jesus suffered greatly in the process of His crucifixion. First, He suffered tremendous physical pain. He was beaten, spit on, and whipped before being taken to the cross. Then, He suffered tremendous loneliness — not only the loneliness of solitude and abandonment in that hour, but throughout His life on this earth, he experienced the loneliness of sorrow, the loneliness of character, and finally, on the cross, He experienced the loneliness of sin. Third, He experienced tremendous mental anguish. Just the thought of what He had been sent to do prompted great drops of blood to roll like sweat from His brow.

Then, fourth, as we saw last week, Jesus experienced tremendous anguish of soul. The physical pain, the loneliness of its shame, and the mental anguish was nothing compared to the spiritual suffering which Jesus Christ suffered on the cross that day. The Bible says He was “made to be sin for us, who knew no sin.” He had never known sin, but He was made to be sin. How Jesus must have looked ahead with horror. He said, “O God, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. O God, I don’t want to have to drink this cup. If there is any other way to save men, if there is any other way for the world to be saved, let it be done.” But there was no other way.

When I look at the cross tonight, I see three things.

First, I see the terribleness of sin. I know that I am a sinner. When I look at Christ dying in my place on the cross and realize the things that I have done and that it was my sins that nailed Him there, I must cry out to God, “O God, I am a sinner.”

The second thing I see is the amazing love of God, that “God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” You have rebelled against God, you have sinned against God, you have done things that you know you should not have done. You have helped crucify Jesus. But in spite of it, God loves you.

And on the cross there is written in gigantic letters in neon fire, “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” There is the love of God. And if you have any doubt concerning the love of God, look at the cross. It was there that He died for us.

Third, in that cross, I find my complete redemption. Christ bowed His head and said, “It is finished.” I cannot add anything to it. I cannot take anything away. If I am ever to get to Heaven, I will have to come to the cross. If I am ever to have my sins forgiven, I will have to come to the cross.

Have you ever been to the cross? Are you sure that you have had an encounter with God at the cross? It doesn’t make any difference where you come from or what your nationality is, what state you live in, how rich or how poor, how educated or uneducated, you have to come to the cross. Jesus said it’s a narrow gate, and the gate is the cross. If you are not sure that you have been there, renouncing your sin and receiving Christ, you come right now. There is no other way. There is only one way of forgiveness and redemption and salvation, and that is the cross of Christ.

If I could tell you another way of salvation that is easier, I would tell you. But, I tell you after studying the Bible for twenty years, there is no other name given among men whereby we must be saved except the name of Jesus. There is no other way of salvation except at the foot of the cross.

Come to the cross today. Come by faith and say, “O God, I have sinned. O God, I am sorry for the things I have done. I am coming by faith to receive thy Son, Jesus Christ. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.”

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

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God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.