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24A. Take Up the Cross

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  speaker icon   1. He Was Nailed to the Cross for Me   (2:51)
  speaker icon   2. Take Up the Cross   (26:13)
  speaker icon   3. Near the Cross, verse 1   (1:35)
  speaker icon   4. But This One Thing I Know   (3:11)
  speaker icon   5. Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone? excerpt   (1:08)

Selected Verses:

Matthew 27:34-39.  They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.  35And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.  36And sitting down they watched him there; 37And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.  38Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.  39And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads.

Revelation 1:7.  Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

I Corinthians 2:4-5.  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.


They gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink.  And they crucified Him, and parted His garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, ‘They parted My garments among them, and upon My vesture did they cast lots.’  And sitting down they watched Him there, and set over Him His accusation written, ‘This Is Jesus, The King Of The Jews.’  Then were there two thieves crucified with Him, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.”  And they sat down and watched Him there.

The whole world is watching Him.  The whole world has been watching Him now for almost 2000 years.  We had an advertisement with our tent meeting, or rather one tent meeting in Hamburg that said, “[…]”  The whole world has to take notice of this one great testimony when Jesus—crowned with thorns, spat upon, with bleeding, lacerated members of His body—stood before Pilate and said, “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world.  I had a message, a powerful message, a message that humanity will not receive any other way.  I’ve come to testify to the truth.”  And what a truth it was, that “All flesh is grass,” that “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” and that “Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission.”  What a testimony Jesus Christ brought before Pontius Pilate, and thus to us!  And they all watched Him.

Selected Quotes:

speaker iconThey shall howl because of Him.”  There will be reason to howl because out of His mouth they’ll receive their sentence: “Depart from Me, ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared unto the devil and his angels.”  And who are they?  Why, the foolish virgins that didn’t bother to take oil in their vessels.  Beloved, you cannot live a holy life without the fullness of the Holy Ghost, and you cannot live a holy life by having only the baptism according to Acts 2:4.  When the Bible says, “They took oil in their vessels,” it means these bodies of ours.  God has purchased these bodies with a great price.

And when Jesus came and cleansed the Temple, as we heard last Sunday, the high priests, the religious people, the theologians came around, and they said, “Who gave You this authority?  Who in the world gave You the right to come into our temple, and to spoil this fine service?  We just had a wonderful revival.  My, the people were shouting, and they were having a great time.  And now You come in and You overthrow the tables of the moneychangers, and You take a whip, and all these animals that were to be sacrificed to Jehovah…  What a blasphemer!  What right have You got to do that?” 

He says, “Break this Temple and in three days I’ll build it.  Oh, I’ve got a right because this body is going to be a sacrifice for the temple of Jehovah.”  The only temple that God is creating is the holy temple made up of “living stones,” glory to God!  And you and I are called to be members of that body, and living stones in that temple which God is building.

speaker iconHe that denieth Me before men in this wicked and adulterous generation…”  Beloved, men are doing that right and left—Pentecostal people are doing that right and left.  They’re doing just as they please with their bodies.  But Jesus Christ died on the cross to redeem this body, to make it a temple of the Living God—that’s what the cross means, that’s what daily cross-bearing means.  And as we heard a while ago, you won’t get away with it without suffering—like Jesus suffered: “That I might know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, that I might be made conformable unto his death.”  Oh, wonder of the cross!  “I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” 

You’re carnal,” He said.  “Arise unto righteousness and sin not.”  “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but that you might experience the power of His resurrection.”  Beloved, my God gave His Son to save us from sin, not to fill Pentecostal assemblies with a lot of hypocrites that live like the world, that defile their bodies and their soul, that hate one another, and gossip against one another.  Beloved, that’s not Christianity.

speaker icon I have no business to be a debtor to the flesh.  Do you have a temper?  You have no business to exercise that temper, because it was imputed to Jesus Christ, and He took it away, and He bore the penalty of it, and He has purchased for you love that “suffereth long and is kind.”  And if you say the word, Jesus Christ will take the place of that old devil that has ruled in your heart.

speaker iconRejoice evermore.”  “He that hath My commandments…”  Dear Lord, I don’t care about Your commands.  Oh, yes, of course, in large issues—yes, I’ll obey You.

speaker icon I want to be on the side of those to whom He says, “Come, ye righteous.  Come, ye beloved of My Father, inherit the kingdom.”  Oh, beloved, the cross gives me the Kingdom!  “That your faith might not be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”  That’s where my faith must be: in a Christ who doesn’t only live, but who lives within me, glory to God, a Christ who is abundantly able “to save the uttermost.”  Beloved, that’s the kind of a Christ God has provided for us.  And the cross—the cross of Jesus Christ—is a rent veil, is the open way—a “new and a living way.”  And because God raised Him from the dead, I’ve got a living Son of God to follow, a living Champion to fight with.  I’ve got a Leader, glory to God! who is leading me to glory and guiding me, and directing me day by day, and making my path shine “more bright day by day, until the perfect day.”

Oh, what a call: “that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God”!  And it cannot be unless I understand through the Holy Ghost this secret of the cross: it crucifies me—my flesh, my lusts that have so far enslaved me.  Thank God, they have lost their power!  He has “abolished death.”


An illustration of the multitudes waiting for the Judgment.    (from 4:05)

An example of lack of the fear of God.  “I’ve heard God speak to people so that they were trembling with conviction, and then they went out and did exactly the opposite of what they were told.”    (from 10:05)

The example of a group of Catholics who worship in silence, waiting for Easter morning.  “Some of those students have said, ‘And when Easter morning comes, we tremble within ourselves by the presence and power of God.’  Beloved, we don’t believe Jesus because we don’t bear the cross.  We don’t say no to the flesh.”    (from 12:46)

Even a conservative hairstyle can become fuel for self-righteousness.    (from 15:22)

A “vision” of bratwurst brought on by fasting.    (from 19:48)

German at 1:04:

An Jesus, dem Gekreuzigten, kommt kein Mensch vorbei.  — No one can get past Jesus, the crucified.

German at 5:28:

Revelation 1:7.  …und werden heulen alle Geschlechter auf der Erde…  — and all (genders) on the earth shall howl.

German at 15:00:

Sie sein gesund. — A greeting meaning, “Be healthy.”

Audio Quality: Poor

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Project Notes:

Original tape marked (45) C/60.  For side A, light hiss reduction, DeHummer -30dB, 4 filter, 60.00Hz, and compression.  We then found that recording 30B was a duplicate of this message, except for the last minute or so, starting with the phrase, “but thank God I can be His disciple.”  That material is only present on recording 24A. The rest of the recording was taken from 30B which was less muffled, and had less hiss.  The original tape 30B was marked (59) C/60.  For 30B, we ran light hiss reduction, DeHummer -30dB, 4 filter, 58.75Hz, and compression.  But This One Thing I Know was found at the start of 30B, and the excerpt of Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone? was found at the end.

A number of pauses were shortened, and stutters and traffic noise removed.  “The whole world has been watching Him now for at least, for almost 2000 years” was changed to “The whole world has been watching Him now for almost 2000 years.”

This recording of He Was Nailed to the Cross for Me is better than the one from the previous use: at least it is stereo.

We found tape Oldfield031 has a copy of this message.  The audio quality may be better than the cassette master in some spots.



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The original media and project files are available upon request.

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