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After the Cross

April 20, 2014

Many people believe in Jesus up to the cross. The cross was not the end but the beginning. Before the cross, Jesus was born in a stable, wrapped in swaddle clothes, was persecuted, falsely accused, tempted by Satan three times, betrayed, beaten, nailed to a rugged cross, mocked and speared in the side.  He had no sins or done no wrong, but died for all sinners.

The soldiers thought the nails in His hands and feet will keep Him on the cross. It was not the nails but LOVE that kept Him on the cross. Jesus knew this was His assignment and “no other blood” could cover the sins of the world. Throughout all the wrong done to Him, He never complained but went “humble” as a Lamb to a slaughter. He never had an unkind word but asked the Father to “forgive them”.

After the cross, He is sitting at the right hand of His Father. He is petitioning His Father on our behalf.  He is still waiting for sinners to repent and turn from their wicked ways. He is our Mediator, a Doctor in a sick room, a Lawyer in a courtroom, a Healer and a Forgiver of sins.

Every time we commit a knowing sin, we are driving the nails deeper into His hands. Once we have been forgiven, we should do all within our powers not to sin again. Once we have been cleaned, we should walk around any “mud puddle” of sins to keep ourselves clean. Jesus earthly life ended on the cross. After the resurrection, He ascended to Heaven with all powers. Because He lives, we can face tomorrow with no fears. Because He was resurrected, He will resurrect our earthly bodies after death have closed our eyelids and sealed our tongue to the roof of our mouths. The grave could not hold Jesus, nor will it be able to hold us, if we died believing in Him.  Through Jesus death and resurrection, we shall have victory over the grave.

When we die natural, our bodies are sown in corruption but we will be raised incorruptible. We will be sown in weakness but raised in power. In death, there won’t be any more pains, disappointments, crying or death.  Every day will be a day of thanksgiving. We will spend eternity praising God. In death, the grave cannot hold us. When God raises us, we can look at the grave and say: “where is your victory”, old death “where is your sting”?

When we trust in a Living God, He will not leave our body in the grave. As God raised Jesus, He will also raise us. If we don’t believe in the resurrection, then Christ is not resurrected. Our faith is in vain. We have no hope of being resurrected and reigning with God forever.

 

For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

 “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”

 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks are to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:52-56)

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”(John 11:25-26)

I am so glad, He died for me. So glad, He has taken the sting out of death. So glad, the conquered the last enemy (death) and so can you and I.  So glad, He loves me so much. So glad, He “stand in the gap” for me. So glad, He won’t leave me in the grave. So glad, He is still in control of my future. I don’t know what my future holds, but I know, I am in Good Hands with God.

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One Comment
  1. Amen, there is so much more After The Cross!!!!! Yes!

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