Victory Through The Cross – 1 Cor. 1:17-18; Col. 1:11-14; John 19:30
To the Jews of Jesus’ days, the cross was an ordinary wood where law breakers are nailed. But to God, it is his wisdom to effect eternal change in the history of humanity. That Christ died on the cross was the greatest achievement of the devil but at the same time his worst mistake. The cross contains the secret of the wisdom of God (Acts 2:23). The cross is a symbol of shame of the highest degree. Jesus died, bearing our reproach so that you and I will not bear any shame again (Phil. 2:8; Heb. 12:2; Isaiah 50:7; Joel 2:26, 27). His death on the cross was painful; it was so that you and I will not suffer pain again (Isaiah 54:13-14).
The reason for His Cross
- The cross was necessary to restore what man lost at the fall – (Rom. 3:23; Gen. 1:26, 27).
What man did not lose at the fall: Man did not lose Heaven (Psalm 115:16); Man did not lose earth; Man did not lose his spirit; man did not lose his body; man did not lose his soul; man did not lose his potentials.
What man lost at the fall? Man lost his purity (Rom. 1:18-26); Man lost the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:1-3); Man lost the covering presence of God (1 Jn. 5:19); Man lost dominion over the earth; Man lost his sense of purpose (Matt. 6:28-33).
- The cross was necessary because Jesus needed a body to carry our sins (Heb. 2:14-15
He indeed carried our sins to the cross (Isaiah 53:4-12) and finished our redemptive work on the cross (John 19:30)
The Victory of His Cross
The cross restored the kingdom back to us (Rom. 5:17; Phil. 3:20). The kingdom is the totality of all we need as human beings. As citizens of the kingdom, we are entitled to all that the kingdom has to offer (Matt. 6:33). Through the cross, we become heirs of God and friend of God (Rom. 8:14-17; John 15:15). The cross serves as the bridge for us to access what belongs to us from God. We become free from the curses of the law (Gal. 3:13,14); the cross ends the works of Satan in our lives (1 Jn. 3:8; Col. 2:15); the cross puts us in command of his glory (Jn. 17:4,5).
Living the life of the Cross
Romans chapter 6 gives us the three secrets of living the victory we have received through the cross: Know (have the knowledge of what has happened to you), Reckon (Acknowledge that what has happened is true), yield (Submit to the truth of what has happened).
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