The Necessity of the Cross

     

For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? But if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth: Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls” (I Peter 2:19-25).

From the very beginning of history, the human race has been bound to God through belief in and obedience to His word as absolute truth. The Lord our God is a righteous God, and He demands that His people live according to His will. The relationship that existed between God and Adam was based on the principle of living life through faith and obedience to God’s will. When Adam transgressed God’s will, the fellowship that he shared with God was severed. Thus, the fall of mankind. God demonstrated to mankind that His desire was to dwell continually in the midst of His people when He shed the blood of an innocent animal to provide a covering for Adam, and to bring His creation back into fellowship with Himself.

The Day of Atonement – The need for atonement, “to cover over”, arose from the fact that Israel’s sin, if not atoned for, would subject them to God’s wrath. Therefore, the purpose of the Day of Atonement was to provide a comprehensive sacrifice for all sins that may not have been atoned for in the sacrifices offered throughout the preceding year. Because God’s desire was to save the Israelites and reconcile them unto Himself, He provided a system of sacrificial offerings in order to cleanse them of their sins. The Day of Atonement is replete with symbolism pointing to the work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Old Testament sacrificial rituals had to be repeated every year, which indicated that the cleansing which occurred was temporary, but they pointed to a time when Christ would come to permanently take away all confessed sins by shedding His blood on Calvary’s Cross! Jesus suffered and died in our places, thus, His death was vicarious, in that it was in the place of others. “It pictures one throwing His body over another to take the punishment in and upon Himself.” Jesus did this for lost men. On the cross, He endured in Himself the whole of God’s wrath against sin. His death was voluntary; no man took His life from Him. He gave it freely. John 10:17-18 says, “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.” Almighty God, took upon Himself sinful flesh, that He might die in my place, because there was none worthy, no not one! Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice!

I Peter 3:18 says, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” The sacrificial blood that Jesus shed, reconciled sinners unto Himself, which opened the door to bring sinners into a right relationship with God! He paid a debt, He did not owe, and I owed a debt I could not pay. I needed someone to wash my sins away! Herein lies the realization of the Necessity of the Cross. The atoning blood of our Lord and Savior, paved the way for us to enter into the Holy of Holies, into the very presence of Almighty God! Because of the vicarious suffering of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we now have an opportunity to spend eternity with Him! Praise God! For without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin! Our Savior suffered, bled, and died, but Hallelujah, He rose again, just for you, and for me. What manner of love is this? John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Romans 5:7-10 says, “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

Dear heavenly Father, I thank You and I praise You for this wonderful plan of salvation, that was purchased by Your atoning blood. Jesus, I can never thank You enough for the vicarious suffering You endured, that I might have a right unto the tree of life. You are the propitiatory sacrifice to the Father, for the sins of the world. Lord, I thank You for Your mercy and Your grace, so undeserved, yet You gave to prove Your love for me! Lord, the voices of one million angels, cannot express my gratitude. All that I am, and ever hope to be, I owe it all to Thee! Thank you Jesus! To God be the glory, to God be the glory, to God be the glory, for the things He has done! Lord, I worship You, I adore You, I give You glory and honor, in Your great name, amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 comments on “The Necessity of the Cross

  1. “He paid a debt, He did not owe, and I owed a debt I could not pay. I needed someone to wash my sins away! Herein lies the realization of the Necessity of the Cross” powerful statement and so very true,had it not been for Jesus freely becoming our sacrifice where would we be Amen. Thank God for giving up his great and awesome Son to pay the great price for us to be forgiven and to have eternal life,what a mighty,mighty God we love and serve.
    Love ya 😀 😀

    • Hi Pat,

      Yet, another powerful question. “Had it not been for Jesus freely becoming our sacrifice where would we be Amen.” Jesus was fully God, and fully man. He could have stopped all of the suffering, but instead He humbled Himself, and became the ultimate sacrifice, for all of mankind! We now have access to the tree of life! Praise God! He didn’t have to do it, but He did. He didn’t have to save me, but He did!

      Thank you for your comment, Pat. It’s always great to hear from you! God bless you!

      Paulette

  2. Thank you, Minister Paulette

    “The atoning blood of our Lord and Savior, paved the way for us to enter into the holy of holies, into the very presence of Almighty God! Because of the vicarious suffering of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we now have an opportunity to spend eternity with Him! Praise God! ”

    The story of Easter defines the lifestyle of those who are His. Thanks for reminding us of the difference His broken body made in our lives. The thought of Him suffering saddens me each time it hits home, but I am thankful He’s the Risen Lord and one day we will share eternity with Him!!

    God bless you now and always. I am truly thankful for the Cross.

    Blessings,
    an

    • Hello Ann,

      Thank you so much for your input. Your comments are always so uplifting.”The story of Easter defines the lifestyle of those who are His.” That is so true. Yes, it can become overwhelming, when you think about all that Jesus endured for us! Bless His holy name!

      Thank you so much for the video! 🙂

      May God bless you now, and always, as well!

      Paulette

  3. Paulette,

    Any time we feel unloved, we can look to the cross and know we are very dearly loved…. Any time we feel unworthy, we can look to Jesus and know His suffering, death, and resurrection makes us worthy…. None other could ever have done what Jesus has done for us…. Thank you for this post.

    • Hi Margaret,

      Thank you so much. I was so encouraged, and I was uplifted, as I read your comment. It was truly a blessing to me! Sometimes, when our lives are in an upheaval, we don’t stop to think about, just how much Jesus truly loves us, and what He was willing to endure, just for us! Also, thank you for reminding me that when I feel completely useless and unworthy, that the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus, makes me worthy!

      God bless you, Margaret! My heart was truly touched, today, by your comment.

      Paulette

  4. You said it all so eloquently. There is nothing left to say except a hearty AMEN!

    While it is beyond human reasoning WHY He should do such a thing for me, I know it is true. The REALITY of my relationship with Him and the experience of His control in my life cannot be denied. Praise Him!!!

    What a Saviour!
    Angela

    • Hi Angela,

      Thank you for your kind words. They are truly appreciated. “While it is beyond human reasoning WHY He should do such a thing for me, I know it is true.” Words truly cannot express my gratitude, for all that Jesus suffered, in my stead! When I think upon His goodness towards me, I literally become overwhelmed, and it is difficult to hold back the tears! What a wonderful Savior Jesus is! I bless His holy name!

      Paulette

  5. Paulette,
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to read some of the material there. It really means a lot to me. I’ve only been writing my blog for a short time, but when I wrote the one on forgiveness it was very, very special to me and I wanted to share it with as many people as possible. So again, thanks for stopping by and sharing your encouraging comments. God bless you my Sister in Christ!

    • Hi Bridget,

      Thank you for stopping by. I enjoyed visiting your site, today. It was quite apparent, that you spoke from your heart, as I read your article. I will visit again! 🙂

      God bless you!

      Paulette

  6. Reblogged this on Paulette's Blog and commented:

    To God be the glory, to God be the glory, to God be the glory for the things He has done! If I had 10,000 tongues, I could never thank Him enough! Thank you Jesus!!!

    • Thank you so much, Lady Deidre! Happy Easter to you, as well! May His blessings rest upon you, today and every day! Thanks so much for coming by!

  7. I’m late, but blessed as you lead us to Him in thankfulness and awe at what He has endured for us . . .even unto death. God bless you and your willingness to lay your life down for Him. love and prayers!

    • Hello Encouraging Debbie,

      I’m so glad to see you. I missed you! …”thankfulness and awe at what He has endured for us… even unto death.” I love this! Thank you!

      What a Savior Jesus is! I just can’t thank Him enough, for all He has done, and continues to do! What a mighty God we serve! Love and prayers!

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