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The cross of Christ

The Cross of Christ is beautiful now because of these three words “He Is Risen” ~ dimitrisvetsikas1969 / Pixabay no attribution required

The Bible contains fewer than 800,000 words ~ all of them pointing to a life and a moment in time.  For Christians we have made that life and that moment in time personal. The life is Jesus and the moment in time is when he died on the cross for our sins.

Death by crucifixion was not unique. Others were sentenced to this type of painful death.  In fact on the day that Jesus was crucified, the Bible records that two others were crucified ~ one on his right and one on his left.  However, there were many differences in the crucifixion of Jesus. First, he was not a criminal. He was without sin. Second, Jesus gave his life. At any time, he could have ended the abuse, pain and suffering he was enduring.  But he did not end it which brings us to the reason why the crucifixion is personal.  Jesus was suffering, dying and shedding his blood for me.

Today we call the day Jesus died on the cross Good Friday ~ all because of these three words most important words in the Bible, “He is risen.”

After Jesus died on the cross, his body was placed in an empty tomb.  On the third day, he appeared to his disciples and they heard the good news for the first time, “He is risen.”

As a Christian, I like many others have become convinced of my personal sin.  I have trusted that Jesus died on the cross for me and that he is alive. “He is risen!”

These truths make Good Friday good and Easter a joyful celebration!

Questions  

  1. What comes to your mind when you see a cross today?
  2. During the week before Jesus died, he told his disciples, “Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” (John 16:22)
    Put yourself in the disciples’ place. How do you think they felt when they saw him arrested and put to death ~ especially death by crucifixion?
  3. How would the words “He is risen” change everything?
  4. What is the meaning of the word “gospel”?

John 3:16 is a very famous verse in the Bible. Many Christians memorize it and teach it to their children.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Bible reading

The Arrest of Jesus ~ John 18
The Crucifixion, Death & Burial of Jesus ~ John 19
The Resurrection of Jesus ~ John 20

Remember the Cross

 

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