Category: The Message of the Cross

Hebrews 9:22: “According to the law almost all…

Hebrews 9:22: “According to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.” Under the Old Testament law, the blood of innocent animals was shed for the sins of the guilty. However, the blood from these sacrifices only covered past sins and had to be repeated again and again.
God’s Word teaches that we have a better covenant, which says, “the blood of Jesus Christ…cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). His blood was a one time, “once for all” sacrifice: once for all sin, bondage, guilt, sickness, disease, poverty, curses. Jesus’ blood paid it all. Nothing but the blood can do that!

Please read Matthew 27: 32-44 When we read thi…

Please read Matthew 27: 32-44
When we read this passage from Matthew, we are shocked at the actions of everyone involved in the story: the soldiers, the chief priests, scribes elders, the passersby and the thieves. They are all in some way rejecting Jesus, causing Him untold anguish and pain. Yet if we read it closely and with honesty, we will see ourselves standing amongst them. While we perhaps have not done it as openly as those gathered around the cross, we too have belittled and rejected Jesus in our lives. Yet, the good news today is the same as it was that day on Golgotha. “God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after M…

Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. Matthew 16:24
What does that mean?
It means we need to be discerning and choose to live according to the word of God.
It means sometimes we need to turn the tv off and keep a clean heart or we need to reign in our materialism and be generous, to make choices about relationships that distract and lead us astray.
It means walking in the will of God, however challenging it may be, not yielding to the desires of the flesh.
When we choose the flesh we reap death. When we choose obedience we reap eternal life.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He…

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Scholars say that the thorns from which Jesus’…

Scholars say that the thorns from which Jesus’ crown was composed were long and terribly sharp. No doubt they dug deep into the head of the suffering King. We can’t really imagine the physical pain, not to mention the emotional and spiritual anguish endured by the King of kings.
Being found in human form, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name. Philippians 2:8-9
Because Jesus humbled Himself, because He endured the humiliation of the cross, including the crown of thorns, God exalted Him to the highest place. For Jesus, the path to glory as King of kings included the path of disgrace. Because He wore the crown of thorns, Jesus received the crown of glory.

Isaiah 53:5 5But He was pierced for our transg…

Isaiah 53:5 5But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.
Why was Jesus pierced? For our transgressions! Why was He crushed? For our iniquities. The only way we could have peace with God is for someone to pay the sin debt we owed. Someone had to be punished for our rebellion against God. The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him.
How could we be healed? By His wounds! All of us are like sheep that wander away from the Shepherd that cares and looks after us. We wander off into dangerous areas in which we can be attacked and be devoured by the wolf. The LORD has rescued and delivered us and has taken good care of us.
Consider: How grateful, how thankful, how forever indebted we must be to Him!

Jeremiah 31:3 “I have loved you with an everla…

Jeremiah 31:3 “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
Can you imagine how God feels when He considers His children? He loves us. And because He loves us, He came down. He loved us when we were at our worst, and He loves us still. He stepped right into the mess we were in. He showed us what love looks like, so that we may know Him and experience the fullness of His grace, mercy, and love.
My prayer for you today, is that you would lean into that love and let it wash over you. Feel the comfort of His embrace, and be filled with wonder.

By His wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 Jesus…

By His wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
Jesus’ blood was shed for the salvation of our spirits, His body was broken for the healing of our bodies. His body suffered and was broken for us in a number of ways—the crown of thorns, the scourging, the nail and spear wounds—so that through this He could heal His children.
Do you believe that Jesus suffered for you, not only for your salvation but also for the healing of your body? If so, you can claim the miraculous power of God’s healing.

When Jesus cried out “it is finished&rdq…

When Jesus cried out “it is finished” (John 19:30), satan was defeated. And because of the cross, we have victory in Jesus.
When we accepted Christ, we have been born into the family of God, the risen Redeemer is living in us. The Holy Spirit has taken up residence in us and as a result, “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world”! That’s our victory in Jesus and that’s why we can say we fight, not for victory, but from victory.
The enemy may frighten you—but he cannot touch you. Because you are engraved in the palm of God’s hand! No matter what you may be going through today, remember the victory is yours!

He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tr…

He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. “By His stripes you are healed.” For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.…1 Peter 2:21-25 That’s what Jesus did for us. Jesus bore the punishment that you and I deserve. If Jesus had not willingly endured unjust suffering, we would have remained lost in our sin. Instead, Jesus bore our sins on the cross. He actually died in order to pay the penalty for our sinful actions. He became our substitute, dying the death we deserved. The wounds—the suffering—of Jesus are the means by which we are healed—forgiven by God for our sins.