THE CROSS OF CHRIST



"Christ hath red​eemed us from the curse of the law,

being made a curse for us: for it is written,

Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree [cross]."

Galatians 3:13


"When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said,

It is finished: and he bowed his head,

and gave up the ghost [spirit]."

John 19:3​


Jesus died on the Cross for us to pay our deb​t which was impossible for us to pay and

by His blood to have redemption and forgiveness of our sins.



"Τετέλεσται" = "It is finished"



In the New Testament, the Greek word for "it is finished" is "tetelestai" which means complete. Jesus meant that all the scriptures were fulfilled with His death. The word "tetelestai" was also written on receipts in New Testament times to show that a bill had been paid in full. The relationship between receipts and what Christ accomplished on the cross was clear to the apostle John. He used the Greek word "tetelestai" in his writings because for him, there was no doubt that Jesus Christ had died and paid in full for their sins.


When we celebrate Easter, it is appropriate for us to reflect on the importance of the death of Jesus on the cross. Do you ever ask yourself why Jesus suffered so much and died on the cross? The answer is simple — to pay for our sins. He suffered physically and emotionally. First, Christ suffered at the hands of his friends: Judas betrayed him, Peter denied Him, and all the disciples forsook Him. Second, He suffered at the hands of His enemies: they mocked Him, tortured Him, condemned Him, and crucified Him. Third, the deepest level of Christ's suffering was not at the hands of his friends or his enemies, but at the hands of God. I believe the twenty–seventh chapter of the gospel of Matthew is one that every Christian must frequently read to keep in his heart, mind, and soul the agony that Jesus went through. No one can imagine or describe the tragedy that happened on Calvary, where Jesus, the son of God, died for our sins.


•  Many ask who crucified Jesus. A good answer comes from Dr. Adrian Rogers, "Well, you say the Jews crucified Jesus. Well, let me remind you that his apostles were Jews, the disciples were Jews. Well, you say the Romans crucified Jesus. Ha, well, the Roman soldiers were carrying out orders. Well, you say uh, we crucified Jesus. Now, you're getting closer to the truth. The truth of the matter is that we all had a part in the crucifixion of Jesus. We sing that song, 'Were you there when they crucified my Lord?' and that's a good question to ask. When Dr. R. G. Lee went for the first time to the Holy Lands, he went to that place that so many people love to go, that place called Calvary. When he stood there, the person who was giving the lecture asked this question. 'Have any of you ever been here before?' and Dr. Lee put up his hand. 'Oh,' he said 'When were you here before?' Dr. Lee said, 'One thousand years ago. He was there, I was there, we were there because our sins crucified Jesus. Our hands slapped him, our spit was the spit that defiled his face, our sins were the nails that sealed him to that cross, and our hard hearts were the hammers that drove those nails."lwf.org


According to the following verses, Jesus died on the Cross for us, to pay our debt, which was impossible for us to pay and by His blood to have redemption and forgiveness of our sins. "He [Jesus] humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross" (Philippians 2:8), "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree [cross]" (1 Peter 2:24a), "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace" (Ephesians 1:7), "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16), "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God" (1 Corinthians 1:18).


When Jesus was crucified, only a few people that day understood the importance of his death. Some thought he was an innocent victim of political jealousies. Others saw Jesus as being justly punished for claiming to be the Messiah. The true meaning was prophesied centuries before by the prophet Isaiah that Jesus would give His life to save sinners. The cross is an emblem of Christianity and holds special meaning for every true believer. Whenever we see a cross, it reminds us that Christ died for us on Calvary.


In the twenty-seventh chapter of Matthew, we not only see who but more specifically, what crucified the Lord Jesus. On the cross, Christ gave His life to pay for my sins and yours, because He loves us. The question is: "Do you doubt God's love for you?" Have difficult circumstances caused you to wonder if He truly cares? Although the Lord may seem silent at this time, He reminds you of His love through the cross of Christ. The death of His Son is a constant reminder of His unconditional love for you.



by Ted Matamis, copyright © 2019. All rights reserved.


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Meditations On The Cross (Audio)

Lift High The Cross (Music Clip)


I Gave My Life For You Because I Love You!


"Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree that we, being dead to sins,should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes ye were healed" - 1 Peter 2:24


"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." - Isaiah 53:5


"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8


"When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost." - John 19:30


"Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree." - Galatians 3:13


"Far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ..." - Galatians 6:14


And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." - Philippians 2:8


"And, having made peace through the blood of his cross,by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven." - Colossians 1:20


"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." - 1 Corinthians 1:18


"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame,and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." - Hebrews 12:2



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Justice and mercy meet and they kiss at the cross!


The cross of Christ is the heart of God and reveals His love to us.

Jesus gave His life to save sinners like you and me!



Quotes


•  "The Cross of Jesus is the supreme evidence of the love of God."

"Study the cross for no other sake than God's sake, and you will be holy without knowing it."

Evangelist and Teacher, Oswald Chambers


  "There are no crown wearers in heaven who are not cross bearers below."

— Prince of Preachers," Charles Spurgeon


"We need men of the cross, with the message of the cross, bearing the marks of the cross."

Evangelist, Vance Havner


"There is no health of the soul, no hope of eternal life, save in the cross."— Thomas a Kempis

"Jesus was crucified, not in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves." — George F. MacLeod


"He came to pay a debt He didn't owe, because we owed a debt we couldn't pay."

Anonymous


  "The cross: God's way of uniting suffering with love." — Georgia Harkness


•​  "The cross is the lightning rod of grace that short-circuits God's wrath to Christ so that only the light of His love remains for believers." — A. W. Tozer


•  "All heaven is interested in the cross of Christ,all hell is terribly afraid of it,while men are the only beings who more or less ignore its meaning." — Oswald Chambers


  "We need men of the cross, with the message of the cross, bearing the marks of the cross."

Vance Havner


  "God loves each of us as if there were only one of us."— St. Augustine


•  "The cross: God's way of uniting suffering with love."— Georgia Harkness


   "We need men of the cross, with the message of the cross, bearing the marks of the cross."

Vance Havner


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Faith is like the wind, you can't see it but you know it is there.

Two thousand years ago,

all of humanity faced the judgment of God,

had sinned and were responsible for their wrong actions.

God could have condemned and destroyed the world,

but when we were at our worst,

Jesus gave His life to save us.

God gave us love rather than a lecture!



The Words of the Lord From the Cross


When the Lord of glory was crucified—

Before He bowed His head and died—

Seven times He spoke—let us all then hear,

As these blessed words fall upon our ear.


His cross was placed on Golgotha's hill—

He was fulfilling His Father's will,

As He took our place in judgment and death,

And suffered in the sinner's stead.


As they drove the nails through His feet and hands,

Was it justice that He from His God demands?

Nay, instead He beholds them in love and grace,

And thus He prayed for His enemies:


"Father, forgive them; for they know

not what they do."

Have these words, dear friend, ever reached you?

'Twas also for you that the Saviour prayed,

And the hand of just retribution stayed.


Two robbers were crucified there with Him,

Who were suffering justly for their sin.

But one repented before he died,

And turned to the Saviour by his side.


And said in tones of expectancy:

"Lord, when Thou comest in Thy kingdom remember me."

He saw that Christ was the true Messiah,

The Blessed, Anointed One of Jehovah.


"Verily I say unto thee," the Saviour replies,

"Today shalt thou be with Me in Paradise."

This unworthy sinner was saved that day,

And you may be too, if you come God's way.


As He lovingly looked upon Mary and John,

He said to her, "Woman, behold thy Son";

And then said to him, "Behold thy mother."

So, from that hour on they lived together.


Then for three hours darkness covered the land,

And we see God's rod in His uplifted hand.

The stroke must fall—oh, wondrous grace!—

It fell on Jesus, Who took our place.


His cry of distress as He hung on that tree:

"My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"

Was heard from that darkness when He was made sin,

That we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.


And now, to fulfill the Scriptures—God's Word—

"I thirst" from His parched, burning lips was heard;

But they had no pity—no water they gave,

Instead reached Him vinegar Who died man to save.


When He knew there was now no more to fulfill,

(His joy and food was to do His Father's will)

He cried, "It is finished" with voice loud and clear,

That all, without exception, those blessed words might hear.


Atonement completed, He bowed His blessed head,

"Father, into Thy hands I commit My spirit," He said.

He dismissed His spirit—the Lord of glory died—

The justice of God was completely satisfied.


But we cannot stop this sweet story here:

He was raised the third day the Scriptures declare.

A living, loving Saviour, He's in the glory now,

Oh, will you not receive Him—to Him your knee bow?


And, oh, blessed truth, He's coming again

To receive to Himself those belonging to Him!

Are you ready for this most important event?

Can you say, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus, Amen?"


                                  by MWTB



The Cross Was His Own


They borrowed a bed to lay His head

When Christ the LORD came down;

They borrowed the ass in the mountain pass

For Him to ride to town;

But the crown that He wore,

And the cross that He bore ...

Were His own.


He borrowed the bread when the crowd He fed

On the grassy mountain side;

He borrowed the dish of broken fish

With which He satisfied;

But the crown that He wore

And the cross that He bore

Were His own.


He borrowed the ship in which to sit

To teach the multitude;

He borrowed the nest in which to rest,

He had never a home so rude;

But the crown that He wore

And the cross that He bore

Were His own.


He borrowed a room on the way to the Tomb

The Passover lamb to eat;

They borrowed the cave; for Him a grave;

They borrowed the winding sheet.

But the crown that He wore

And the cross that He bore

Were His own.


The thorns on His head were worn in my stead,

For me the Saviour died.

For guilt of my sin the nails drove in

When Him they crucified;

Though the crown that He wore

And the cross that He bore

Were His own -They rightly were mine!


Author Unknown




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"Who His own self bare our sins in His own body

on the tree that we, being dead to sins,

should live unto righteousness:

by Whose stripes ye were healed"

1 Peter 2:24.


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Your Cross


"Lord, I can't go on," he said. "I have too heavy a cross to bear." The Lord replied, "My son, if you can't bear its weight, just place your cross inside this room. Then, open that other door and pick out any cross you wish."


The man was filled with relief. "Thank you, Lord," he sighed, and he did as he was told. Upon entering the other door, he saw many crosses, some so large the tops were not visible.


Then, he spotted a tiny cross leaning against a far wall. "I'd like that one, Lord," he whispered. The Lord replied, "My son, that is the cross you just brought in."


When life's problems seem overwhelming, it helps to look around and see what other people are coping with. You may consider yourself far more blessed than you imagined.


Author: unknown

Jesus gave His life for you because He loves you.

Are you doubting God's love for you?

Have difficult circumstances caused you to wonder if He truly cares?

Although the Lord may seem silent at this time,

He reminds you of His love through the cross of Christ.

The death of His Son is a constant reminder of His unconditional

love for you.

When you feel He is far from you, let His hands do His talking.


Don't forget that death can never sever what the Cross unites.



THE CROSS, YOUR HOPE!



HYMNS and SONGS (MUSIC CLIPS)


At The Cross


At the cross, at the cross,

Where I first saw the light,

And the burden of my heart rolled away,

It was there by faith I received my sight,

And now I am happy all the day!


The Old Rugged Cross

Near The Cross

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

Beneath The Cross

Jesus Paid It All

Cross Medley

O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing

There Is A Fountain

Amazing love

More About Jesus

Am I A Soldier Of The Cross?


"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

Romans 5:8