WHY THE CROSS ?


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All the Bible’s teaching points to the death of Jesus. Neither his perfect life nor his marvelous teaching nor his powerful miracles are the focus of the Bible’s message.

Yes these are all important, but above all else Jesus came into the world to die. What makes his death so important? The answer is that he died as a Substitute, a Sin – bearer and a Savior.

 Jesus the Substitute:

This demonstrates the love of God. Sinners, you and I, are guilty, lost and helpless in the face of God’s Holy law, which demands punishment for every sin. How can you or I possibly escape God’s righteous wrath? The Bible’s answer is this: God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ / the Messiah, died for us. 

As part of an amazing rescue plan God the Son volunteered to take the place of sinners and bear the just penalty for their sin. The sinless Son of God willingly suffered and died for us, the righteous for the unrighteous.

Jesus the Sin – Bearer:

 This demonstrates the holiness of God. There was nothing “faked” about Christ’s death on the Cross. The penalty for the sins of others was paid in full by the death of God’s sinless Son.

As he hung on the cross he cried out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  At that terrible moment God the Father turned his back on his beloved Son, who endured the penalty of separation from God. Don’t ever think that God never cried. Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Jesus is the image of God to us. He said if you know me you know His Father.

A human father seeing his son crucified would cry…how much more God the Father with HIS perfect love…over the death of His Son Jesus. Notice how this shows God’s perfect holiness. All sin, every sin, must be punished…and when Jesus took the place of sinners he became as accountable for their sins as if he had been responsible for them. The one man who lived a perfect life suffered the double death penalty for the guilty.

Jesus the Savior:

This demonstrates the power of God. Three days after his death, Jesus was declared with power, to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead. He gave many convincing proofs that he was alive and he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.

 The resurrection places an infallible stamp of authority upon Christ and His claims concerning the divine authorship of the Bible. No other religion, religious figure, or religious writing can claim this support. As one writer concluded, Confucius’ tomb…. occupied, Buddha’s tomb…occupied, Mohammed’s tomb…occupied, Jesus’ tomb…. Empty. This one fact alone substantiates Christ’s life and work and the Bible as the ONLY Word of God!

In raising Christ from the dead, God powerfully demonstrated that he accepted his death in the place of yours as the full and perfect payment for your sin’s penalty and as the basis on which he can offer a full and free pardon to you, who would otherwise be doomed to spend eternity in hell.

Jesus will knock patiently on the door of your heart until it beats no more.

Begin your search today for HIM while you have an opportunity to choose eternal life. By not making the choice before you die, you will have reaped the eternal destiny of your own choosing….not choosing is a choice!

Isaiah 9 vs. 6:  “For a Child will be born to us, a SON will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called  Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of DAVID and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness. From then on and forevermore…The Lord of Hosts…WILL…accomplish this.”

 YESHUA / JESUS… THE SON OF GOD IS THE ULTIMATE ANSWER TO YOUR DISEASE PROBLEM OF SIN. HE IS THE LAST BLOOD SACRIFICE REQUIRED BY GOD — ENDING A  4,000 YEAR OLD SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM FOR MANKIND’S SIN.

So again, I ask you, WHAT MORE can God do to grab your attention before it’s too late for you?

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