Monday, March 25, 2013

The Cross-Examination

My friend who is color blind told me, “I have no idea what the color green looks like.”  I pointed at some grass and asked, “What color is that to you?”  He said, “It looks yellow to me.”  It dawned me that the world I had seen all my life was not the same world that he had seen.  Some people are also “color blind” when it comes to what they see on the cross.  They don't really see what happened there.  If you will do a cross-examination…

1) …You will see a King dying for you.  One of the thieves crucified next to Jesus said to Him, “Remember me in your kingdom."  He saw Jesus was King reigning over a Kingdom, and it was in the next life, not on earth.  Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36)  When you examine the cross, do you see a King dying there?  

2) …You will see your sins placed on Jesus.   1 Pet. 2:24 says, “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross.”  Who is “our”?  Yours and mine.  Something happened on the cross that couldn’t be seen with your physical eyes.  All the sins of the world were placed inside Jesus in a moment of time.  

3) …You will see the blood of Jesus cleansing you from all your sins.  1 John 1:7 says, “The blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”  All of your sins were placed upon Him, and you cannot get into heaven unless all your sins are forgiven. If you get an ink stain on your shirt, the way to get it clean is by putting a chemical on it that’s stronger than the ink. The blood of Jesus is the only thing that’s stronger than your sin, and is the only thing that can cleanse you spiritually. 

4) …You will see a gift that needs to be received.  Eph. 2:8 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves. It is God’s gift.”  Even though Jesus died for the sins of the entire world, it does not mean everyone will go to heaven. Salvation is available to everyone, but it must be received.

If I buy you a $10,000 gift and hold it out to give it to you, only one thing is left before it becomes yours.  You must receive the gift.  Even though it’s paid for, it’s not yours until you reach out and take it. John 1:12 says, “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.”  Do you see what happened on the cross?

Coming April 30, 2013: Slaying Your Giants by Kent Crockett (Hendrickson Publishers)