The Truth of the Cross

John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:6-11
Jesus Christ—the Son of God. The perfect Lamb of God. He was the Living Water and the Bread of Life. He came down from his holy place in heaven to make the Father known to us. He was God in flesh. No sin was upon him. He had all authority and power in heaven and when he became flesh and walked among us, none of that changed. Those hands still were the same ones that had formed the earth at the beginning of time; those eyes were the same eyes that had seen all he had made and called it good. His mind had not forgotten the future and his lips still controlled the light and darkness. His heart was the same heart that saw you and loved you —calling you his own. No, when he descended to earth, he lost no power. He was God.

Jesus came to bring light to the world. He healed the sick, lame and crippled at the simple touch of his hand. He fed five thousand people with the smallest serving of food and turned water into wine. He did all this that we might believe that he is the promised Messiah because of the works he performed. “We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth,” (John 1:14). Even though he performed miracles only accomplishable by supernatural power, many people did not believe him. Instead, they turned against him.
For some in the crowd, the man they once thought was their messiah now was a blasphemer and must be condemned to death. They hated the thought of him. He was detestable in their sight— yes, he who loved each person so much was despised by them. They took him and accused him of things he did not do. With each false word they spoke against him, still he looked into their eyes and loved them. Even when they beat him and flogged him mercilessly, he saw them and loved them. After all this, the people who once praised him and called him Messiah, now led him to a hill to be hung on a wooden cross and killed. It was on that cross he willingly sacrificed himself and gave himself up. With his final breath, he died—granting evil the victory.

“He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed,” Isaiah 53:3-5.

To the people who hated him, it was the end. To those who loved him, it was doubt and confusion. To evil, it was glorious victory. To satan, cursed be he, it was the utter defeat of his greatest enemy.

But as the sun rose on the third morning, truth proved them all wrong.
Jesus Christ—the Son of God and the Savior of the world. Instead of an end, Jesus brought a new beginning. Instead of doubt and confusion, it was hope and confidence. He was not defeated but rather paid the ultimate penalty for our sins and conquered death by his resurrection. He rose with healing, opportunity, grace, and mercy. Evil was crushed. No more could it claim rights to our souls. Those who accept Jesus Christ belong to him and he lifts them up.

Death did not and could not win on that cross. Love did. Love is stronger than hate. Love won! No more are we chained with the burdens of our sin but we are raised to life because He conquered death. He alone—Jesus Christ—can clean us and make us whole again. Let us rejoice in his sacrifice! Let his victory be our hope and confidence. He alone conquered evil.

“(Jesus) Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father,” Philippians 2:6-11.

Post by Rebekah True, gracespringer

 

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