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Remember the Cross


The first documented use of crucifixion was by the Persians in 400 BC. The Romans started using this method of execution around 100 BC. A Roman citizen could not be crucified except for treason. Psalm 22:1-18 was written by David about 1000 BC. It accurately describes the death of the Messiah by crucifixion several hundred years before crucifixion came into existence. Around 700 BC Isaiah 53:1-12 described the suffering Messiah.  

Today the cross is the universal symbol of Christianity.

The vertical bar reaches up to the height of God’s holiness. The horizontal beam reaches out like God’s love. Because of God’s holiness and justice payment for sin is required. But due to God’s love for us He provided the payment for our sins through the death of His Son.

God is just and judges the world with righteousness.
“The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice.”  Psalm 9:7-9

Sin is serious. It is so serious that it requires justice.  In God’s justice, He requires a blood sacrifice to atone for sin. Sin brings death. but blood brings life.
“In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” Hebrews 9:22

In God’s mercy, He provided the means for our sins to be forgiven because all of us have sinned and deserve to be punished by a just God.
“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known…this righteous from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood. He did this to demonstrate His justice, because in His forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished — He did it to demonstrate His justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”  Romans 3:21-26

Jesus died for our sins because of God’s love.
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him.”  Romans 5:6-9

Our salvation is a gift from God that we receive through our faith in His Son Jesus.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 6:23

Remembering the cross means remembering the extreme sacrifice the Lord Jesus made for you. Remembering the cross means remembering Christ’s blood that was shed and his body that was broken for us.  Salvation is free to us, but it cost Christ dearly. Jesus will never forget the price He paid for our sins.  Let us never forget.

My Decision to Receive Christ As My Savior

Dear God, I know I have sinned and that there is nothing I can do to pay for my sins. I agree with you and confess that I am a sinner. I believe that by your grace and mercy, the Lord Jesus Christ gave His life for me and died on the cross for my sins. I believe that He was raised for my justification.  Lord Jesus, please forgive me. I do now receive and confess you as my personal Savior and Lord. From this time forward, as You give me strength, I will trust You and obey You in all areas of my life.  Thank you, Lord, for the abundant life you promise here and for the eternal life to come.

2 Responses to “Remember the Cross”

  1. Wen Lu says:

    Hi Karen,

    Thanks for writing. It is great reading your writing and I enjoy reading it. The theme of this article is to let people never forget the sarification of the lord Jesus made for us. And I even went to retrieve the scriptures you cited in the Bible. Before my attending the big Friday service, I was just thinking to learn something new, but when I was experiencing it, I felt moved, somehow, which is hard for me to describe. It seems like I can imagine that tragic and solemn scene of the lord Jesus’ scarification. . . Though I’m not a Christian yet, I’m learning and accepting Christianity little by little. Wish I can become a real Christian soon !

    Best Wishes,

    Wen Lu.

    • Karen says:

      Dear Wen, real Christians are those who recognize their personal sin and their need for a savior. When we compare ourselves to others, we sometimes think “I’m not nearly as bad as that person…and I don’t really mean to be selfish…that’s just the way I am.” But the truth is that all of us have sinned. Step by step and little by little we can look at what Jesus did for us and it becomes overwhelming to think that he died for me. That is how serious our sin really is. Like we talked about, Jesus dying on the cross was justice and mercy bound together at the same time. Then there is grace that we are forgiven and have a relationship with God that is personal. God bless you as you seek and find His great love for you. And as you know, Friday was a dark and solemn day, but Sunday was coming!! Here are what I consider the three most important words in the Bible: http://healthhappinessandheaven.com/three-most-important-words-in-the-bible/ Karen

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