Thursday, March 19, 2015

A "CROSS" TIC LOOK AT CALVARY



Image result for free christian images cross"IT IS FINISHED" Jesus cried as He hung on the cross. 
What does this mean?
 What truly happened at the cross?   I am no theologian but I love the Word of God and I always refer to scripture for answers.

My mind is not what it used to be so I use acrostics to help me remember when I teach or speak.  I hope it helps you too. Please quiet yourself before you read this.  Ask God to speak to you as you read and meditate on the following acrostic.
C.R.O.S.S.
C-Cancelled the Written Code
R-Redeemed Us
O-Obedience
S-Sufficient Sacrifice
S-Separated No More

C- CANCELLED THE WRITTEN CODE-
The written code is the Law and/or 10 Commandments. 

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." Matthew 5:17

“For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” Romans 6:14

“But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code” Romans 7:6

 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Romans 10:4


R- REDEEMED US
Redeem means to purchase back something that had been lost, by the payment of a ransom.

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree ”Galatians 3:13
 
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, Ephesians 1:7

 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14

 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;  you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. Hebrews 9:12


O OBEDIENCE
Obedience means “to submit, to obey
“For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:19

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Philippians 2:8

Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll— I have come to do your will, my God. Hebrews 10:7


S SUFFICIENT SACRIFICE
Sufficient-enough, adequate   Sacrifice-an offering for a higher purpose

"Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Hebrews 9:26

 "I have come to do your will, O God.' "First he said, "Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them" (although the law required them to be made). Then he said, "Here I am, I have come to do your will." He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” Hebrews 10:9-10
 
God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—Romans 3:25




S SEPARATED NO MORE
Separated means apart from, without.

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” Isaiah 59:2

More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:11

“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. “Ephesians 2:13
let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22

Jesus did not remain on that cross.  He died, was buried and rose on the third day to fulfill scripture. Now He sits at the right hand of God the Father.  His resurrection gives the opportunity to live eternally with Him.  God gives the Holy Spirit as a counselor to guide, strengthen and give power over sin.

Oh the love that was expressed at the cross.  I will never fully comprehend it until I see my Savior face to face.  My desire is that every man experience the joy of knowing Jesus.

The Cross is a crossroad for every man.  You have to make a choice when you encounter the cross.  If Jesus is calling you today, accept what Jesus did for you, repent and enter into His salvation. Please do not spit in his face and walk away. 


You already know Jesus, that is wonderful.  Let the Holy Spirit refresh you as you bathe your mind in these Scriptures.   May you be drawn ever so closer to Christ when you remember the Cross.

copyright 2015 Cherrilynn Bisbano

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for gathering these scriptures all in one place. They summarize the meaning of the cross so well. You helped me tremendously as I prepare my confirmation lesson entitled "Why is Easter So Important?" The cross means nothing if there had been no resurrection. And the resurrection only has meaning after we understand the cross. I'm going to launch my lesson with your acrostic!

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    1. Cathy Feel free to use the entire post. It all belongs to God. I am teaching this on the Cape the end of this month.

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