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The Cross of Jesus Christ

The Reason

The Bible tells us that God loved the world so much that he sent his only begotten Son down to earth to reconcile sinful mankind to Himself. He became a man by the name of Jesus and was manifested in the flesh.

The Bible tells us that Jesus went about all Galilee, living among the people, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

He was falsely accused of blasphemy by Jewish leaders, arrested, put on trial, savagely whipped, hung on that cross, suffered and died for us. He died paying the price for our sins. He died for our salvation.

Three days later God raised him from the dead. He is the risen Son of God, sent from Heaven to save us from our sins. It is a story of Christ's love for us.

His Suffering Was For Us - He Took Our Place

The Bible further gives us a vivid portrait of our suffering Savior and a catalog of the sufferings, sorrows and indignities the Lord Jesus endured.

It is a ledger of our liabilities and His payment of them; of our delinquencies and His punishment for them; of our bankruptcy and His beneficence.

It is also an indictment of our shameless, shocking ignorance of the meaning of and our indifference to the motives of His suffering and death.

We have seen Him pierced by the arrows of treachery; seen Him stand alone before His enemies, forsaken by those He loved to the end; seen Him stagger beneath the cross we deserved.

Christ's veins were pierced with the venom and virus that belonged to us; His heart was broken by the sorrows we should have borne! The Bible says this to us again and again; "He took your place!"

The Cross of old Roman times won its purpose every time by killing its opponent. Jesus was alive when they hung him on that cross and completely dead when they took him down six hours later.

He died for you and me. He is the Son of God and He stepped down from His glory, placed Himself in direct line of the thunderbolts of God's wrath against sin so that we might be saved.

His Love For Us is So Great

The Bible says He bore our griefs, our sicknesses in His own body. Think of that if you are tempted to imagine Jesus does not understand and cannot feel your frailties and fevers, your aches and agonies, your sickness and suffering!

And, Christ carried our sorrows. Our Lord did not share our sorrows, He carried them. All the sorrows of a lifetime compressed into one day would kill us. But Christ bore all the sorrows of all the people of all time! And He will carry your sorrows if you will let Him.

Isaiah continues: "He was wounded for our transgressions." Think of It! Jesus was "bruised for our iniquities," not His own. He was chastised for our peace, beaten that we might be made whole.

"The Lord," Isaiah says, "hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all." Even Christ could go no farther than this: To bear our defilement and sin "in His own body on the tree."

Conclusion

What shall we say, then, as we see the sinless Son of God enduring our defilement, clothed in our filthy shame, bearing the sentence of death we deserve? He died for us.

Three days after Jesus died on that cross, God raised Him from the dead. He remained several days on earth and was witnessed by many people. He then ascended up and through the clouds where God seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms.

This resurrection of Jesus Christ is what separates our Lord from all the other people who have come along in history. Jesus Christ is the only person to die and come back to life. He is the Son of God. He is God Himself along with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He said "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live." (John 11:25).

The Good News!

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Jesus Wants to Spend Eternity With You and Me!

Jesus loves and cares for you and me so much. He wants to help each and everyone of us right now. He offers to all of us the free gift of eternal life.

All you and I need to do is repent by confessing our sins and then ask Him to save us from the wrath of God. We can't earn salvation; but we can receive it as a gift from Him if we are repentant and entirely dependent on Him.

His sacrifice for you and me was perfect and His salvation is complete. Don't let anything or anyone keep you from the place of confidence and assurance and the peace which comes from putting your soul in the hands of Jesus Christ. He is always and ever, the same in His purpose to save, to keep and to satisfy every need of your life.

Why is this important to you? The question to you and the rest of the world is; where will you spend eternity? God's gift of forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus Christ is offered to each one of us and we must individually accept or reject Him.

This will be the most important decision of your life! Everyone regardless of race, religion, education and wealth must decide what they will do. Your decision to accept or reject God's gift will have an everlasting eternal affect on yourself.

What Should You Do?

Receive this gift!

Like any other gift, God's gift of eternal life doesn't become yours until you accept it. Just as you can refuse the gift someone offers you, so you can also refuse God's gift.

But why would you? The moment you accept God's gift of life you are changed. You are born again of the Spirit. You become a "believer and follower of Jesus Christ". You become a member of God's family, a child of His. You are given eternal life in heaven.

When should you do this?

This gift of God from Jesus Christ is only available during your lifetime and no one knows the duration of their life. After you die, this gift can no longer be received. Do it now!

What will be your decision?

Every person is going to spend eternity somewhere. The destination of heaven or hell is determined during this lifetime by the choice we make to either accept or reject Jesus offer of forgiveness and eternal life.

Doing nothing is a decision and is the same as rejecting Jesus. Don't reject him any longer.

If your heart is tugging at you to receive this gift from God, just ask Him for it.

He will hear you. Start by simply talking to God. Tell Him you want to receive Jesus Christ now.

    Pray a prayer like this:

    "Oh God, I am a sinner. I'm sorry for my sins. I want to repent and turn from my sins. Please forgive me.

    I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I declare with my mouth that Jesus is Lord. I believe in my heart that He died on the cross for my sins and three days later You raised Him to life.

    I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as my Lord from this day forward, forever.

    I invite You to come into my heart and life right now and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I receive this great gift of salvation.

    In Jesus name, Amen."

Your New Life Begins Now!

If you said this simple prayer and meant it in your heart then God has caused something grand and glorious to happen within you. Christ has come to live inside you.

While Jesus was on that cross, the crowd saw one man hanging, but God the Father saw not just Christ but all people including you who put their faith and trust in Him hanging there also.

The Bible says we have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer you and I who live, but Christ lives in us; and the life which we now live in the flesh we live by faith in the Son of God, who loved us and gave Himself for us. (Galatians 2:20)

You see, it is by God's grace you have been saved, through your faith. It is the gift of God and not by anything you have done. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Now, we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

What Now...

1. Buy yourself a Bible (also see link to an online Bible below). Begin reading John, I John, II John and III John of the New Testament.

2. Find yourself a Bible believing church and go attend that church. You will meet other Christians and Pastors who will encourage you and help you.

3. Begin enjoying the presence of God and the fellowship of other believers. Each day, ask the Lord God to lead you, guide you, teach you and use you, in the name of Jesus.

He is Risen!

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