Category: The Message of the Cross

For, there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. 1 Timothy 2:5-6The greatest revelation you will ever receive is that God gave Jesus, His only begotten son, to die for you, and to apply it in your everyday life. He laid down His life, so we can abundantly live ours. We exchanged our sin for His righteousness. Our Creator gave us life and then gave us a Saviour!By His grace, we are saved through faith in His Son.

Being crucified with Christ means that we’re dead to sin, our old man has died. Sin no longer has dominion over us. Just as Christ defeated the power of sin, we too no longer allow sin to rule over us. Gal 5:24 says, those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. We are to live by the Spirit, and walk by the Spirit. Jesus said, “Anyone who would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”
Lord Jesus I pray that you’ll help me understand what it truly means to be crucified with You and to live for You alone. You took my sin on the cross so that I didn’t have to, and I know that I could never repay You. So, today I offer up my life to You. Amen

When they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him. Luke 23:33 I am amazed at “the love that drew salvation’s plan,” “the grace that brought it down to man,” and “the mighty gulf that God did span!” My heart overflows with praise at the mercy, grace, and pardon I have received. For, at Calvary, my “burdened soul found liberty.”Today, remember that Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. And He died for your sins! Stop and think about what this means. Because of Jesus, you are forgiven and freed from the curse of sin and death. The enemy’s grip on you has been broken, and God wants to unleash His power in your life. Praise Him!

“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)

In Ephesians 2:1-10, Paul explains salvation. What happens when God saves: He brings us from death to life. Why does God save us: so that in the coming ages God could show us the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. And How does God save us: For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Grace is an outpouring of good when only wrath is deserved. Grace is Jesus saving the undeserving.
God saves us by grace through faith. It’s a gift. All you must do is receive it. Have you put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?

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.