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It’s Less About Us & More About Him

The message of the Cross is more about Jesus and less about us (in terms of qualifications or assets we may bring to the table).  The central theme of the Cross is God’s overwhelming and extravagant love for humanity. Hinged on that love, Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice was displayed for all of the world.

The compelling truth regarding the Cross is that you or I do not have to be “good” enough, as if that were even possible, to become sons and daughters of God.  In fact, we know that the Bible says that our righteousness (if there’s anything remotely good about us) is equal to that of filthy rags.  Wow.  Way to deflate the human ego.  But it’s true.  I think most of us already know that, if we are honest with ourselves anyway.

No, the message of the Cross is less about us and all about Jesus.  His character is compassionate, loving, kind, good, thoughtful, patient, longsuffering.

“The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.”  ~ Psalm 103:8

If we can just grasp those attributes and dwell on those for a moment…It’s overwhelming to consider that the Great God of the Universe thinks about you and me … and prays for us daily.  The Bible says He daily makes intercession for us!  (Romans 8:34)  That is a humbling thought right there, my friend.  He has time for me?  Well, the reality is that God transcends time and space.  His reality is not the same as the confines we, humans, operate in.  He is All Powerful and His power knows no limits, no boundaries.  That is something that is difficult for our finite minds to process.  We must simply believe.

The truth is that none of us are qualified to become followers of Jesus Christ.  Equally true, God calls the unqualified.  That right there should be a liberating thought, my friend.  Grace beckons to our soul to receive such an unattainable and unearned gift.  And because of this great gift, we are then able to show others such grace.  Not that we would become hoarders of God’s gift, but a sieve for it to then flow through.

There is room at the Cross for you today.  It doesn’t matter what your past is.  God can rewrite your life story and create a brand new future for you.  That’s what I love so much about God and the redemptive power of the Cross — It is transformational!

If you fully accept God’s gift of grace, it is impossible to remain the same.  Once you’ve accepted God’s love and understand the sacrifice of His Son, it makes you want to change!

The message of the Cross is all about the love of our Heavenly Father, poured out through Jesus Christ, to reconcile a lost world back to Him.  His message is still the same today.  He is Jehovah, “I Am”, the One Who is the Self-Existent One.  He never changes.  His promises never fail.  When we are faithless, He is faithful.  (Psalm 102)

Rather than focus on your own shortcomings, set your eyes on the unchanging character of God through His Word.  When we study God’s Word, it causes things to fall into the proper perspective.  It sheds light on our darkness.  It gives us wisdom to know which path to pursue.

No, we are not the message of the Cross.  We are merely the objects of God’s unending affection.  In that regard, it makes us kind of special.  But, it’s all about Him.  We are God’s creation and He is the Creator.  May we never allow pride to confuse the two.

“God saved you by His grace when you believed.  And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  For we are God’s masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.”  ~ Ephesians 2:8-9  NLT

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It’s Friday but Sunday’s Coming

On Good Friday we observe the death of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who was crucified on a cruel cross to take away the sins of the world!  That is a transformational truth, my friend!

Because of Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden, we were all born with a sin nature in need of redemption.  God provided a bridge when He sent Jesus into this lost world, a bridge that would lead us back into full fellowship or right relationship with Him once again.  The gift of grace and redemption is available to all.  In fact, the Bible says in John:

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” ~ John 3:16-17

Such amazing and lavish love Jesus displayed for mankind as He took on our sins and sickness on Golgotha’s Hill!

There’s a song by Kathryn Scott entitled At the Foot of the Cross that really speaks to me.  It has a line that goes like this:

“At the foot of the Cross where grace and suffering meet…  At the foot of the Cross where I am made complete…Yes, you’ve won my heart.  Now I can trade these ashes in for beauty and wear forgiveness like a crown.  I lay every burden down.”

If you’d like to take a listen –

The sky grew dark in the middle of the afternoon as they crucified the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world.  They wrapped His body and placed Him in a borrowed tomb, but, ah, the story doesn’t end there!  It’s just the beginning.  For, you see, the tomb is empty.  He is no longer there.  Three days later He would rise again!  Therein lies the hope of humanity, the great hope of the world!!

 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” ~ John 11:25

It’s Friday but Sunday’s coming …

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” ~ Romans 10:9-10

 

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Extra Bonus:  (You won’t regret watching this one!  In fact, it may become one of your favorites!!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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