Category: The Message of the Cross

Isaiah 53:5 He was wounded for our transgressi…

Isaiah 53:5 He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
• Jesus bore our punishment that we might be forgiven.
• Jesus was wounded that we might be healed.
• Jesus died that we might live.
• Jesus was made a curse that we might receive the blessing.
• Jesus endured our poverty that we might share His abundance.
• Jesus bore our shame that we might share His glory.
• Jesus endured my rejection that I might have His acceptance with the Father.
• He was cut off that we might be united to the Lord.
How can I repay the LORD for all the good that He has done for me? Psalm 116:12

This, of course, is the very heart of the gosp…

This, of course, is the very heart of the gospel, the good news -Jesus took our place. He took our sins and paid the price for them. The Scripture is very careful to record the sinlessness of Jesus. He was not suffering for His own transgressions, but for the sins of the whole world.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way. How true that is of each of us! The way to lay hold of the redemption of Jesus is to admit that All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned every one to his own way; and then to believe the next line, But the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for taking my punishment upon Yourself. Forgive me for those times that I still seek to do things my way rather than Yours. Amen

Jesus said, “For this is My blood of the…

Jesus said, “For this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28
The Bible says, that God restored us back to Himself by making a covenant with us through the shed blood of Christ, so that we could be His blood bought children. We were literally snatched from the hands of satan and brought into a place of blessing, into God’s Kingdom.
Now, as we believe in Jesus, and the finished work of the cross, every curse in our life is broken, the blood of Christ cleanses us from all sins, we are set free from the power of the enemy and inherit all the blessings of Abraham and much more.

The Bible says that God is love (1 John 4:8, 1…

The Bible says that God is love (1 John 4:8, 16). Love is a part of God’s unchanging nature. How do we know that God is love? How do we know that measure of His love? We see the greatness of God’s love when we look at the cross. The Bible says- “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son…” The Bible also says that while we were yet sinners and hostile in our minds towards God, Christ died for us. The Bible also tells us that He died for the sins of the whole world. (see 1 John 2:2) Jesus Christ died even for those whom He knew would never receive Him. “For God so loved the world…” ‘So’ is a little word, yet in this case it carries a lot of weight. God so loved the sinful that He gave His one and only Son to be the sacrifice for their sins. My friend – “God loves you and gave His Son for you”.

Luke 9:23: “And Jesus said to them, “If anyone…

Luke 9:23: “And Jesus said to them, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Notice that Jesus said “if anyone” and not just the disciples. If anyone is really serious about following Jesus, they must deny themselves and take up “his cross daily.” That means this should be a daily undertaking not just when it is convenient. To deny oneself is to deny what we want and sometimes what we need. Jesus lived for others and died for sinners. He gave His life willingly for those of us who didn’t deserve it. That means that you and I should put our own interests behind the interests of others, die to self and live for others.

God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, …

God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
Righteousness! That’s what we are. God’s righteousness. We are the testimony of how merciful and gracious He truly is, because in Jesus, we are His righteousness!
PRAYER: Thank You, O Almighty God, for making me righteous in the blood of your son’s death. May people see in me a reflection of Your holiness, justice, and mercy. Through Jesus, who sacrificed Himself for my sin, I pray. Amen.

God not only forgives your sin but chooses not…

God not only forgives your sin but chooses not to remember them. The scripture says that God removes your sin as far as east is from the west. Your slate is wiped entirely clean and your sins are completely forgiven, never to be remembered again. Only God can do that. We forgive people when they hurt us but we are unable to forget it because we cannot erase our memory as we don’t have the ability to do that.
PRAYER: Father God, thank You for sending your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross in my place and forgiving me of all my sins and not remembering them anymore. I walk today in freedom knowing that I am forgiven. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

My dear children, I write this to you so that …

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. — 1 John 2:1
Anyone who finds themselves in a tight legal spot wants the best available lawyer to represent them. Jesus is our defense, our legal representative, our advocate before God the Father, judge of all. Each of us has broken God’s holy law, we stand guilty and condemned. But Jesus is righteous and blameless and has made us right with God —through His death, resurrection, and ascension—we are now credited with His righteousness before God. When you stumble, take comfort in the fact that your Advocate never ceases to plead our case before God the Father, justifying us through His precious blood.

By grace you have been saved, through faith&nd…

By grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God … Ephesians 2:8
One thing we absolutely have to know about grace is that it’s a gift. We can’t buy it, earn it, or inherit it. The Bible makes clear that grace is truly free. As Paul puts it so that we all understand: we are saved “not by works, so that no one can boast.” God, the very One against whom we rebelled, substituted His Son Jesus in our place to receive the punishment that was rightfully ours. Once objects of wrath, we are now children of God. Someday we will be living with Christ to enjoy life everlasting.

“Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they d…

“Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
These are not the words I would expect to come from someone who had just been unjustly beaten, scourged and crucified. He doesn’t even plead His case from the cross. I would at least be declaring my innocence for the world to hear. But that is not what we heard from Jesus. Instead, He asked His Father to forgive, rather than hold accountable, the sins of His accusers.
The innocent was dying for the wicked. Jesus took not only His accusers’ sins upon Himself, but He also took yours and mine. In this unimaginable act of grace, we see the love of God for His broken and lost children. He would rather die to save them than lose them.