[Today]

The Cross of Jesus Christ

He did this because of our separation from God...

The Bible tells us that God loves us so much and wants us to experience peace (Romans 5:1) and have life more abundantly (John 10:10).

The Bible further says we can have peace with God and eternal life through Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

Scripture tells us that God created us in His own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female (Genesis 1:27).

He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him, but gave us a will and a freedom of choice.

Our problem is that we chose to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today which results in our separation from God (Isaiah 59:1-2).

The Bible Says...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

It also tell us that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).

He did this as part of God's Plan of Salvation...

The Bible tells us that God is on one side and all the people on the other side, and Christ Jesus, Himself man, is between them to bring them together (1 Timothy 2:5).

The Bible tells us that because of God's love for us he sent his only begotten Son down to earth to reconcile sinful mankind to Himself (John 3:16).

He became a man by the name of Jesus and was manifested in the flesh.

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

We're told that the Jewish leaders were jealous of Jesus and falsely accused him of blasphemy. They had him arrested, put on trial, and then savagely whipped and tortured.

Finally, the soldiers put a crown of sharp thorns on his head and nailed him by his hands and feet to a cross.

For six hours he hung on that cross, suffered and finally died for us. He died paying the price for our sins. He died for our salvation.

He Suffered 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.

He showed how great his love for us is...

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."

He died for us...

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.

He was raised from the dead...

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.

He is the only person to die and come back to life...

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).

He did this to make a way for everyone to have eternal life...

The Bible tells us that because of God's love for us he sent his only begotten Son down to earth to reconcile sinful mankind to Himself (John 3:16).

God offers to all of us a simple way to insure that we can have eternal life in Christ Jesus.

The Good News will show you how to receive this great gift of peace and eternal life from God.

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