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The Cross

14 June 2013, 07:26

God Incarnated, took the nature of man yet he sinned not, he was to be called Jesus; for he was to be the redeemer of mankind. For is is written of Him; "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief." Though despised he was to "borne our griefs, carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; and with his stripes we are healed." Oh what manner of love is this? That he should suffer on our behalf? That he should live a life full of sorrow and rejections on our behalf? Perfect is his love, wonderful are his ways. For it is said that he "was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter."- Isaiah 53:3-5,7.

WOW! Christ who Created the world, He who was from everlasting, came to earth to suffer shame and reproach that we may be given an opportunity regain that which was lost: Life Eternal. What a beauty! What glory! What an honour! Just so Awesome. We do not deserve everlasting life, for "we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquities of us all." v. 6. For Christ took our sins upon himself, to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins: "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."- 1John 4:10

We told that "he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth" yet "it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief" and for his knowledge shall he "justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities" verses 9,10, 11. Yet though in his life he encountered many temptations, he yielded not to them, he conquered. He lived the life perfectly, that his sacrifice may be counted worthy. He lived for us and he died for us, and not only did he die but he was a victor of death, he rose from the dead.
Paul speaking saying "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."- Romans 5:8. Because by his death he made a way for forgiveness of sins, we can approach the throne of mercy to ask for pardon for whatever sins we have done, he will forgive us, it is written that "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."- 1 John 1:9. For "if we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."- v. 10.

The cross, is the center of the universe, were mercy and justice kissed. Justice demanded that since he took upon himself our sins he had to pay for them by death; "for the wages of sin is death" and Mercy at the other hand demanded forgiveness of sins through the death of him that sinned not, Jesus Christ the hope of glory; "but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord"- Romans 6:23. For the gospel is to us a salvation power but "for the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness: but unto us which are saved it is the power of God" but "it pleased God by foolishness of preaching to save them that believe."- 1 Corinthians 1:18,21.

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