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John 1:4 "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men."

John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

 John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." 

MONTHLY LESSONS DESIGNED TO CONVERT.

 

AUGUST, 2016 - NEW KING JAMES VERSION

“Benefits of the Cross!”

Our English word; “cross”, comes from the Latin word “crux” and is symbolic of one of the most gruesome forms of capital punishment to ever exist. Although Rome was not the first nation to employ this horrific practice, it was part of the brutal methods used by this nation to enforce their control on the nations they subjected.

Even understanding what the cross was, it is important to understand what took place at the cross that Jesus was crucified upon! Not only should we understand what took place, but more importantly appreciate what transpired.  

In this lesson we want to examine some of the benefits that exist because Jesus went to the cross of crucifixion.

God’s Love was Manifested –

Biblical love is often described as, acting in the best interst of the one or ones that you love. What could God have offered us in this world that we would show any real apreciation for? Gold? Silver? Power? Prestige? These things are all things that we have the ability to achieve on our own; especially if we serve them. More importantly, why would God offer anything to an ungrateful creation that turns their back on Him every chance they get? The simple answer; because He is God and still loves His creation! So, He offered something by which we cannot even begin to place a value on, Himself!

A part of God was manifest in the flesh, that we may behold Hisglory, note:

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

In the manifestation of Himself in the flesh, He would truly show His love for His undeserving creation, note:

1 John 4:9-10 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

Jesus Died to Free Men –

Jesus came and manifested the love of God by taking on the form of a servant (form of a man – Philippians 2:7). In this form He would become an example of how man should live before God, note:

Hebrews 5:8-9 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him”

In the flesh, He would teach that He did not come in the flesh to be served by men, but to serve men, note:

Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”                                     

Hebrews 2:10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

1 Peter 1:18-19 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

He Would Finish the Old Law –

There are many who deny this! The fact is that He would not come to destroy the Old Law, but to fulfill it, note:

Matthew 5:17-18 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”

The Son of God came to deliver us a new law, a perfect law of liberty (James 1:25), a true law of righteousness, note:

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”

Colossians 2:14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”

He Would Buy His Church –

The cross of Christ would become the symbol of purchase for those who would be called out of the world and into His glorious body (the church), note:

Acts 20:28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.”

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her”

He Would Bear Our Sins –

Since God is light and in Him is no darkness at all! The only way we could be reconciled to God would be through the remission of our sins. Jesus death on the cross would enable man to come to God through Him, note:

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Benefits of the Cross –

In this short lesson we see just a few of the benefits of the cross of Christ. That even though the cross itself represented a terrible and gruesome punishment to the innocent and guilty alike, it was for mankind the greatest event of blessing known! This why Paul would preach the Gospel (good news), by preaching the cross of Christ!

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

1 Corinthians 1:23-24 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”

HEAR THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS!

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