Category: The Message of the Cross

“Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. John 11:25

What brings you to the cross? Do you come weeping in pain, sorrow, or loss? Emptied of hopes and dreams? Without the cross, there would be no victory or gladness to lift you up, to wipe away your tears, to remove fear and depression. He compassionately whispers your name and says, “Come to Me and I will give you the robe of gladness. Take My hand and let Me lead you along the path to life everlasting. I will never leave you nor forsake you. I gave My life that you might live eternally with Me.”

Father, Help me to experience the salvation and forgiveness of the cross, the power of the resurrection, and embrace the risen life in a new way. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

The devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “All this I will give You,” he said, “if You will fall down and worship me.” Matthew 4:8
What is the devil trying to do? He was showing Jesus a short-cut to reclaim what Adam lost in the Garden of Eden. But God had a plan- it was through the cross, through the shed blood of Christ that everything that was lost would be reclaimed. The way to salvation, the way to regain the right standing man had lost with God could be achieved only through the cross. Jesus didn’t give into satan’s temptation. Instead, He overcame him by the word of God. Thank God for the cross. Jesus restored our relationship with our heavenly Father through His precious blood.

The cross of Calvary—the place where our sin intersected with His holiness. There God allowed His perfect Son to die for the sake of every wrong thing we have ever done, said, or thought. On the cross, Jesus finished the work that was required to save us from the death we deserve (Romans. 6:23). The sight of a cross causes me to consider what Jesus endured for us. Before being crucified, He was flogged and spit on. The soldiers hit Him in the head with sticks and mocked Him. They flogged Him and hammered nails through His flesh to keep Him on the cross. He suffered, died and was buried and third day He rose again. He did it all for you and me- to make eternal life possible.

The Salvation Message
Imagine that you are condemned to die for YOUR crime. The judge says the sentence is Death. You know you are guilty but BELIEVE that your friend will save you. Bursting into the doors of the courtroom comes your best friend & says, “I will die in my friends place because of my love for him”. The judge says, “Death is required but if you choose to die in place of your friend..the debt is paid” Your chains are removed & you are free as your friend dies for you. Jesus paid your debt on the cross. It is finished. He has paid the full price for my sins.(John 19:30)

God’s love is all about Him loving us perfectly, and giving up His Son for us. It is not about us earning His love.
Do you know how the Word of God defines love? Apostle John said, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loves us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10). This is the Bible’s definition of love. It is not about our love for Him, but rather His perfect love for us.

John 11:25 Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in will live, even though they die!’ Life is what Jesus came to give us when He came to earth in human form to die and to rise from the dead. This life can be our portion, our right, our privilege and our inheritance when we put our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus. The Bible actually speaks of abundant life that we can enjoy. How often we settle for so much less. We settle for survival and ‘lifeless’ living, when He paid the ultimate price to give us real, true and abundant life. Choose life, choose Jesus.

Some 700 hundred years before the crucifixion took place, prophet Isaiah predicted and described Jesus’ suffering. According to Isaiah 53 this event was God’s will for His Son. It is beyond human comprehension that the Son of God should willingly accept such humiliation.
He did it all for us: “He was pierced for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities.” Isaiah 53:5
Take time today to read Isaiah 53 again. As you do, ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand all that Jesus bore for your sake, for your salvation.

“This is My body broken for you.” 1 Corinthians 11:24
Do you not realize you were worthy of His dying for you? You may not feel worthy, but you are worth dying for. No man dies for anything that doesn’t have worth. He died because you have worth to Him. He died so that you could have everlasting life with Him, an abundant life full of His blessings and goodness.
It doesn’t matter how you feel; it only matters what He says. You are His. Trust in this today

Isaiah 53:5 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
We are reminded here the purpose for His coming. He came to suffer and die for us and not for any sins of His own, but for us who willfully sinned against God and transgressed His law.
Yes, God in His love and mercy for humanity sent His Son Jesus to earth to take our place on the cross at Calvary by shedding His blood as full payment for our sins.
Jesus’ suffering and death brought about our healing and reconciliation back to God the Father. Jesus was crushed and bruised for you and me. Yes our horrible, deserving punishment was accepted by Him and placed upon Him. Jesus took our place! He did it just for us!

There is one great work the Lord Jesus has done and finished completely. That work is the work of atonement, sacrifice, and substitution. It is the work which He did when He suffered for sin, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God. He saw us ruined by the fall, lost, ship-wrecked sinners. He saw and He pitied us; He came down to the world to save us. He bore our sins and carried our transgression. He shed His blood, in order that He might save us and establish the way between God and man, the way by which you and I might draw near to God with boldness, and have access to God without fear. He was fully man and fully God. Christ is able to save to the uttermost, (Hebrews 7:25) notwithstanding the old sins of any believer. Those old sins shall never rise again, not stand up to condemn the child of God.