2019 – FRIDAY 19 APRIL
EASTER – THE UGLY SIDE
The cross of Jesus Christ is revered by so many believers.
However the cross is the ugliest expression of a sick and sinful humanity.
It is a place of horror and ugliness.
It is a place of brutality and hate.
It is a place of worthlessness.
It is a place of ridicule and contempt.
IT BECAME A PLACE OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
For God so loved – He sent His only Son – to Calvary.
Love chose the time and place for the Calvary experience.
It turned a place of rejection into a place of redemption.
IT BECAME A PLACE OF WILLING SACRIFICE
Law brings condemnation – sin brings death.
Jesus humbled Himself to become obedient to His Father’s will – and our willing saviour – by His death on the cross of Calvary.
IT IS THE BOAST OF THE CHURCH
But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
It is His cross in which we boast.
He bore my sins in His body upon the tree.
Our boast is in Christ and His finished work – not in a cruel Roman cross.
THE CROSS IS THE TIME WHEN GOD GOT DIRTY
He took upon Himself the sin and uncleanness of a wicked humanity – so that we could be washed clean by His sinless blood.
When He arose and conquered over death – He left our pile of filth and wickedness in hell.
Never more to be held against us.
HIS CROSS WAS MY DEATH.
HIS VISIT TO HELL WAS MY FREEDOM FROM THE CURSE
HIS RESURRECTION WAS MY ENTRANCE INTO HIS LIFE
STEVE PENNY MENTORING
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