The Power of the Cross

By March 23, 2016Uncategorized

“Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin”  Hebrews 9:22

Sin is a terrible thing.  Sin came and the Curse resulted.  Sin came and sickness appeared.  Sin came and death followed.  Sin came and  mankind found himself separated from God.  Sin came and the eternal soul of every man, born of woman, was destined for Hell.  There is no degree of sin, although some sins have a greater consequence in our lives than others.  Sin is sin.  When Adam and Eve sinned their fall carried with it a consequence far greater than they could have ever imagined, but our heavenly Father refused to allow Satan a total victory.  God went to them when they could no longer go to Him.  He showed up in the Garden of Eden and made a temporary covenant with man.  That covenant offered a type of atonement  through the blood of animals that covered the sins of those who trusted in God to save them.  God did not evict Adam and Eve from the Garden because He was angry at them, He evicted them from the garden because He loved them.  Had he allowed them to stay in the Garden where the Tree of Life stood, they would have lived for eternity in a state of sin, separated from their heavenly Father.

Recently, my wife and I were privileged to enjoy a trip to Ireland.  What a beautiful world our Father has created.  The landscape was breathtaking.  At every turn we saw mountains with cascading water falls and pastures that were abundant with green, lush grass.  Grazing in those pastures were a countless number of sheep.  At one of our stops I walked over to a pasture fence and observed some sheep that stood a few feet away.  Two things came to mind as I watched them slowly chew on grass while blankly staring at me.  One is that they are completely defenseless animals.  They truly need a shepherd.  My next thought was that these defenseless creatures have absolutely no concept of sin, of right or wrong.  It is no wonder that our Lord Jesus is called the Lamb of God.  Our Lord stood before Pilot and refused to defend Himself.  He could have offered a defense because there was not one iota of sin in Him, yet He remained silent.  Pilot said over and again to his accusers, “I find no fault in Him.” The flesh of our Lord cried “No!” but His Spirit man said, “Not my will, but thine.”

Leviticus 17:11 “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves at the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s soul.”  The blood of innocent sheep and goats was a substitute  that could only cover our sins.  The powerful shed blood of Jesus did what the blood of animals could not, it completely destroyed the power of sin.  Not only did His blood destroy the power of sin, but it also removed our sins as far as the East is from the West, never to be remembered again (Heb. 10-17).  The Cross was not the place of victory that Satan had envisioned, but rather, it proved to be his greatest defeat.   The death of Jesus and His shed blood satisfied our Father as a sin atonement for the whole world.

Looking forward to the Cross Jesus said, “The gate is small and the way is  narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it” (Matt. 7:14).   How wide is the gate to eternal life?  A grown man stands and holds out his arms; it is about that wide. Dear Reader, the blood has now been supplied, but it is up to us to make sure it has been applied.  His death, his shed blood, and His resurrection from the grave didn’t destroy a part of the curse, it completely destroyed all of the curse over everyone who chooses to place their faith in Him.  Consider carefully that the curse is now powerless over the life of a born again believer.  The sins of the father no longer apply to us for we are new creations in Christ Jesus.  Consider carefully that because the curse was broken in totality, that Christ not only purchased our salvation, but our well being and prosperity as well.  Everything that was born of sin has now been rendered powerless.

Christ, the Savior of the world has risen from the dead! His grave is empty.  No religion or religious sect can make the  claim of victory over death, hell, and the grave, but Christians can.  Only we who have chosen to follow the good Shepherd Jesus can boast of that marvelous miracle.  As we celebrate Easter, remember that Jesus is alive and well, sitting at the right hand of His Father and ruling over His finished work.  Awaken Church from your slumber for the signs of the end of time as we know it have begun to appear.   Soon and very soon, our Lord will stand and call His Church unto himself.  The dead in Christ shall rise first and we who are alive will follow them to meet Him in the air.  Are you ready?   There is power in the blood!

One Comment

  • Nancy E. Williams says:

    So very timely, and so very true. He has done His part; He provided the Way. Now, we must do ours and receive it with repentance and humility. To God be the glory.