Saturday, February 11, 2006
Do You Know Why Jesus Died On The Cross?
To my Roman Catholic friends, who may not have heard the simple beautiful truth of the crucifix, the cross:
Too often the crucifix has just been a superstitious token of religion. And religion is often portrayed as a bunch of rituals to gain favor with God.
But what is the real reason that Jesus was on that cross?
Simply this: To pay for sins, as a sacrifice Lamb, so that all who believe in Him would have their sins forgiven, once and for all. And as He died on that cross, He declared, "It is finished!" The sins are paid for -- past, present and future. No more sacrifices needed. Salvation by Grace, through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is the GIFT of God.
Then He was buried, and He rose from the dead, authenticating Himself as God, the Son.
It's been said that there are really only two religions in the world:
1. One seeks to do some Works, or some Rituals, or some Sacraments, to gain favor with God, or gain salvation. This includes virtually all the religions of the world except the following:
2. True Christianity, in which salvation is entirely by Grace (unmerited favor), a free gift given by God, through Jesus Christ.
Number 1 can never work, simply because we have all broken God's laws. And He Himself said that if we have broken one law, then we have broken them all. And that's sin. And the wages of sin is death, and ultimately the Lake of Fire.
But the free gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
That's why He's shown on that crucifix.
But He's not there anymore. He now declares, "If anyone will come to Me, I will in no way reject them. Whoever will may come."
Come to Him. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Flee the wrath to come.
Listen to "Grace For Life" Radio Program.