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The Cross and the Resurrection

April 16, 2017

The Cross and the Resurrection

 

The work of the cross was completed at the resurrection.

Jesus died on the cross for our sins so that we might be forgiven when we trust in what Christ has done for us.  When we, by faith, receive the sacrifice he offered, then we are forgiven and become partakers of eternal life and escape the judgment of God the Father.  On the cross, Jesus voluntarily bore our sins. He allowed people to lie about him and kill him. He sacrificed himself and demonstrated the greatest love of all.  On the cross we are redeemed  and  it is where our  sin debt to God is settled.

Psalm 22:14-18

"14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It is melted within me. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my jaws. And you lay me in the dust of death. 16 For dogs have surrounded me. A band of evildoers has encompassed me; they pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me; 18 they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots."

Isaiah 53:4-7

"Surely our grief’s He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried. Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. 6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth. Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its Shearer’s, So He did not open His mouth."

Zechariah 12:10

"14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It is melted within me. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my jaws. And you lay me in the dust of death. 16 For dogs have surrounded me. A band of evildoers has encompassed me; they pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me; 18 they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots."

Jesus' Goal was the cross

Jesus did many things while He was on earth, He lived the first 30 years as a regular Godly man to show it was possible to stay away from sin. He taught others how to think, how to speak, and how to act but His destiny was completely wrapped up in His death on the cross.

Romans 5:10

Jesus restored us to the father
"For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."

Colossians 2:14

Cancelled out our sin debt
“Having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.“


Jesus death on the cross was the beginning of the complete salvation of man. It was necessary that He rise from the dead to complete what He was set to accomplish.

Romans 8:11

“11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

 


This is where we receive eternal life with Jesus.

1 Corinthians 15:35-58 (NKJV)

A Glorious Body
“35 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” 36 Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. 37 And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.”

1 Corinthians 15:35-58 (NKJV) Continued…

“39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.
40 There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.”

1 Corinthians 15:35-58 (NKJV) Continued…

“42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”

The resurrection settled all debts

The Resurrection also assures us that there will be a judgment seat by the Father, where all those not in Christ will need to give an account for their lives. So, along with Jesus, all who have suffered for the work of the cross will not have done so in vein. The Father settles all debts once and for all.

Prayer

King Jesus, thank you for the Cross-and Your resurrection, you have saved us. We extend to you our love, thanks and obedience, to follow you and your word.  Amen

 

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