LHM – May 2019 Message

The Cross of Christ

The life and ministry of Jesus is central to the Christian Faith.  His teachings, healings and miracles are recounted throughout the Bible.  His death on a cross, however is a curiosity to many.  Was it necessary to go out with such a dreadful spectacle as crucifixion?  Did Jesus deserve that?

Crosses are found on coffee cups, t-shirts, high priced watches and some silk ties.  Each of us probably owns a cross; they can be considered special.  Two simple lines, one vertical and one horizontal.  The cross is an instrument of capital punishment, but has become recognized worldwide.  The Church has adopted the cross as a central symbol.  Why did Jesus’ death on a cross become a focal point for Christians?

Sin, both daily and eternal, would be the ruination of us all if left unaddressed by God.  So, it was by the Cross of Christ that God the Father accomplished our salvation.  Jesus’ suffering and death and His triumphant resurrection over the grave blotted out our sins once and for all.  We can all be new creations through faith in the Savior’s victory over sin, death and Satan.  The Cross is a reminder of God’s love for Christians.  It is the symbol of our relationship with God.  The Cross marks the event, the turned corner, to our new lives.  Jesus lives and has paid for our failures.  We, in forgiveness, are free and able to live with Him, both here and hereafter, forever.

“Risen and victorious Jesus, be our Savior forever.  We live with you now by faith, and after by our resurrection in glory with You.”  Amen

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