Monday 29 September, 2014

Matthew 27:32-44

The life and ministry of Jesus came to a dramatic climax when He was crucified on the Cross at Golgotha. There were two agendas at the Cross . The high priests, the religious scholars and the people believed that this was the end of the man who had caused them so much distress and anger and whose teachings had challenged them so much. They did not realise the subtlety of their cruel insults. His teachings were true; He did come from God! He was the Son of God!

Earlier, Nicodemus had questioned Jesus about eternal life, and Jesus declared, …..”Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert – delivering salvation and healing, – so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life” [John 3:14] In John 12:34 Jesus repeated His message, “But I, when I am lifted up, will draw all men to myself.” In a sense the cross is a crossroads for all – whether a person accepted Jesus or rejected Him there is no way a person can avoid the event. This was the meaning of the Cross for Jesus Christ.

When Jesus died on the Cross, He was declaring that death must precede life in the Kingdom of God. Paul wrote “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” [Galatians 2:20] and in Romans 6:6-8 Paul says, “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him”.

Lord, we praise you for your incredible plan of salvation demonstrated when Jesus died on the Cross. We are so grateful that, on a daily basis, we experience His Presence in and through the power of the Holy Spirit. We give You all glory and honour, we celebrate your victory and we revel in Your love.

Written by Keith Bennett

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