Category: The Message of the Cross

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.

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.