NEAR THE CROSS

When I first heard someone urging that I "live near the cross," it seemed strange. The Cross is where a terrible death took place. The Cross is where nearly everyone abandoned Jesus. Why would I want to live in such a place? The reason is that the Cross is the ultimate place of victory, and the nearer we are to the Cross, the closer we are to that triumph. As Isaiah prophesied, and Paul reiterated -- at the Cross "Death is swallowed up in victory" (Isaiah 25:8, 1 Corinthians 15:54).

* Through the punishment inflicted on Jesus, we were forgiven (Isaiah 53:4-5).
* Jesus was wounded at Calvary that we might be healed (Isaiah 53:4-5).
* Through Jesus' death we are able to receive His life (Hebrews 2:9).
* Jesus endured our poverty that we might share His abundance (2 Corinthians 8:9).
* Jesus endured our rejection that we might have His acceptance with the Father (Ephesians 1:5-6).
* Jesus was made a curse that we might enter into blessing (Galatians 3:13).

What came from these exchanges defines the contours of your new life in Christ. Consider each with care, for when your faith is tested, when you doubt, when you struggle in a particular area, you can appropriate all that came forth from Jesus' finished work on the Cross. Jesus left nothing incomplete, nothing to be revisited at a future date.

Still, you might ask, why is it important to live near the Cross? Think of it this way. The Cross is like the headwaters of a river. As the river flows out, it becomes less like the source. It picks up contaminants. It gets muddied. It is less pure. Is this not the problem of much of contemporary "religion"? Through time, neglect, and the influence of human methods, the central message becomes distorted, leaving only a "shadow," not the "substance" (see Colossians 2:17). You need to go back to the Source, and that source is the Cross of Jesus Christ.

How do you live near the cross? Suppose someone offends you. You may not feel the least bit forgiving. You say, "She was the one in the wrong." Or, "He needs to come to me and apologize." But as you come near the Cross you realize you are newly impacted by Jesus' incredible forgiveness towards you when He took the full punishment you deserved. This gives you the capacity to forgive the one who has offended you, regardless of where the fault lies. Even though you may not feel forgiving (that will likely follow), you can, in fact, forgive. You can say, "I forgive my friend." "I forgive my father or my mother." So it is in other areas. Do you feel your life is cursed? At the Cross you realize Jesus actually became a curse for you so you could receive His blessings. Are you struggling with rejection? At the Cross, you encounter His amazing acceptance, even with all you've done wrong, or may do wrong in the future.


Views: 45

Comment

You need to be a member of JUST GRATEFUL to add comments!

Join JUST GRATEFUL

Comment by Evang. Felecia Spaulding on August 11, 2011 at 8:40am
TRULY ARE GREATEST VICTORY CAME AT THE PRESENTS OF THE CROSS...NO CROSS NO CROWN...GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS MAN OF GOD...

Ads

SHO'NUFF IT'S GOD'S WILL"A QUEEN SHO'NUFF"

Order your copy online Today Republished/Revised

Click and Order Here

LOVE WORLDWIDE

Click For Your Free Bible

JAMAR Place Of Peace

WORLDWIDE INTERNET HOSPITAL INC.

Early Morning Prayer Mon.-Sat. 7am est. 605-475-6150 Code #374551

"The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me; Thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever; forsake not the works of Thine own hands."

Sale Price
"Life On Elm Street"

LIFE ON ELM STREET

New REVISED copy

Dr. BJ Relefourd

Bro.Mick Alexander

 


GENERAL MOMom

LIFE WITH MOM and DAD

D&C EDUCATORS

"LAYER OF LIVING"

ORDER YOUR COPY

 

Sale Price
"Life On Elm Street"

 

AVAILABLE NOW!!

STAYING CONNECTED WITH OTHERS

 

CLICK HERE!!

"LIFE ON ELM STREET" (C)2010 "EFS"

CLICK HERE!!!

 Word Press Blog

 

Events

Badge

Loading…

JESUS SAVES MINISTRIES

Promotional Services

Soul Purpose Magazine

  SoulPurpose



Visit Guardians Prayer Warriors


Visit Helen's Circle of Business
IBRAHIM

© 2021   Created by Evang. Felecia Spaulding.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service