The Impact of the Cross

None of us can grasp the impact the Cross had on Jesus! Certainly, the impact of suffering and death was horrible beyond our comprehension. Far greater was the impact of  His having all human sin(s) placed on Himself, as if He was like each of us. This assuming of our guilt and rebellion spelled death. As Romans 6:23 makes clear, the payoff for sin is death. He died, in our place, to bear our punishment. Death of our human spirits was the outcome of Adam and Eve’s sin. Their special relationship with God died. Because of our spiritual death, we will die physically and we will exist in conscious eternal death forever! That is unless….we come to receive new life (Spiritual life) by receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior. This new life is the very Resurrection Life of Jesus! Once that happens, this new life operates in and through us. Paul spoke of it in Romans 6:3-4, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of Life.” When our faith (trust) takes hold of these facts, what develops is spelled out by Paul in Galatians 6:14, “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” In that wonderful hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross,” George Bennard reflects these Truths in the third and fourth stanzas, “In the old rugged Cross stained with blood so divine, a wondrous beauty I see; for ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died, to pardon and sanctify me. To the old rugged Cross, I will ever be true, its shame and reproach gladly bear; then He’ll call me someday to my home far away, where His glory forever I’ll share.” Selah! This new Life sets us apart; sanctifies us. The new Life is flushing out the remaining dregs of our old nature and taking over more and more of our inner being. The world system, its lifestyle, its values lose their appeal to us. We become dead to it. When the world observes the difference in our lives and values, it loses interest in us. When they can’t change us, they write us off. We become dead to them. Thank God, the differences sometimes leads to others being saved and receiving new Life.   Ron

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