Shine Bright: What is the Message of the Cross?

I’ve really wanted to share the gospel with you all, but have been afraid to. I felt like I couldn’t put in words. Like I would do it injustice. But I had to remember that God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. πŸ™‚

So I pulled out some of my notes relating to the gospel and decided to share those. Let’s see how that works. πŸ˜‰

First, let’s start with the title question:

What is the Message of the Cross?

The MessageΒ of the Cross is that we were sinners, but God came down in human formβ€”as Jesusβ€”lived a perfect life, died in our place on a cross, and was resurrected to life, conquering death. (And that is SO amazing!)

But what do you do with that? How do you know if you’re a sinner anyway? What even is sin?

Well, sin is choosing your way, my way, over God’s way. It’s as simple as that. We’re called to be holy, set apart, but we refuse. (Leviticus 19:2: “Be holy as I am holy.”)

And, if we’re honest, we’ve all done that; chosen our own way. Isaiah 53:6 is proof of that: “All of us have like sheep gone astray, each choosing his own way.”

So remember what I said a few moments ago? About Jesus dying in our place? Well, our sin deserves the death penalty. (Romans 3:23: “The wages of sin is death.”) But Jesus died for us. He loves us so much, He laid down His very life to save us. (John 3:16)

God wouldn’t let us be lost in our sin. Jesus never chose His way over the Father’s so that He could be a blameless sacrifice to free us from sin. For not just a lifetime but an eternity.

Jesus wins for us everything we lost in sin. God put my sin and everyone’s sin on Jesus, who knew no sin. “Father, punish me in their place.” (2 Corinthians 5:11, Romans 5:8, 1 John 2:1-2, Romans 4:5)

All you have to do is accept His sacrifice for you and confess Him as Savior and Lord of your life! πŸ™‚ He loves us so much He won’t force anything on usβ€”we have free will! We are free to choose sin and free to choose Him. πŸ™‚

If you feel led to accept His gift, pray this with me: (There’s nothing special in these wordsβ€”just in what God has done for you and your choice right now.)

God,

I admit that I am a sinner. I’ve chosen my way over your way. And I know that the punishment for that sin is death.

But I am so sorry and I beg Β you to forgive me. I believe that you died on a cross and rose again to save me from my sin.

I know what happens when I live life for me, and I don’t want to live like that anymore. Today I make you Lord of my life and commit myself to you. You are my Savior and my Lord. I want to follow you.

So when you see a crossβ€”anywhereβ€”remember that the cross screams that when we were an enemy to God, He put my punishment on Himself to give me peace because He loves me, and the Cross is the proof. (1 Corinthians 15:54-57)

God bless you all and have a blessed weekend! I sincerely hope that you were touched by this and that God revealed something new to you in the Message of the Cross!