Thank You for the Cross, Lord.

Posted: April 6, 2012 in Uncategorized
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This morning I have sat and reflected some on what today means. I am keenly aware that a little over 2000 years ago today, Jesus Christ died on a cross in my place. I have watched some clips from the movie “The Passion,” which portrays the physical suffering of Christ in my place. But I also realize that I can not comprehend the tremendous price He paid in being forsaken by the Father. I know it is all because of His love.

What can it mean that God forsakes God? Martin Luther once said, “No man can understand that.” Much of the events of the day remain a mystery because we are limited in our finite comprehension. What we can know is that Jesus paid in full the penalty our sins deserved. We know from the scripture that God the Father took every bit of our sin, all of our guilt, all of our shame, all of our fear, all of our sorrow, and He placed it on God the Son. The eternal Lamb of God, who never once ever sinned, according to 2 Cor. 5:21 was made to be sin in our place in order that we might be made the righteousness of God.

The book of Romans clearly declares that the only hope we have of eternal life is to be righteous. The problem is, Romans also makes clear that no one is righteous. We all fall short of God’s standard. Yet, God provides righteousness for us through His Son, Jesus. We can be forgiven of all our sins. We can have eternal life with the Father. We can have the Spirit of God living in us to enable us to live in victory. All of this because of the cross.

Andre Crouch sang, “I don’t know why, Jesus loved me.” Honestly, I can say that. I do not deserve the privilege of knowing God. I should have suffered and died for my sins. I can never earn God’s forgiveness or love. I do not know why Jesus would willingly take my place on Calvary’s cross. But I am so glad He did. In fact, I am eternally grateful.

“Thank you for the Cross, Lord. Thank you for taking my place, and bearing my sin and sorrow. Thank you for drinking in full the cup of the wrath of God against sin. Thank you for enduring faithfully to the end. Thank you for offering a prayer on the cross for my forgiveness. Thank you for faceing death so that I only have to face its shadow. Thank you for breaking the chains of sin. Thank you for rescuing me from the kingdom of darkness. Thank you for making peace for me with the Father so I can be a friend of God. Thank you for enduring the grave. Thank you for conquering death and rising again. Thank you that you have written my name in your book. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

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