Whenever I look at what Jesus Christ did at the Cross I see many lessons that if we could all fully understand, we would not be facing the problems that the world is going through at the moment. I see humility, love, forgiveness, shame and above all reconciliation.
We were all guilty of sin but God accepted the hurt and offered mercy through His only Son Jesus Christ. Imagine a sinless man dying for law breakers like you and me, what kind of love is this? “For He has made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we may be made the righteousness of God in Him” (11 Corinthians 5:21).
God revealed the message of the Cross to Paul who was initially a law breaker himself, persecuting those that believed in Jesus Christ.
In fact, God appeared to Paul while on a journey to persecute believers. Despite Paul’s rebellious past God used him in a mighty way to bring the message of the cross to the whole world.
Paul’s past spiritual condition is just the same with all of us before coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as we were born sinners. When Adam failed in the Garden of Eden, all humanity failed from the sin of one man.
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This is the reason why the second man, the last Adam the Lord Jesus had to come; in effect it was God becoming man to undo what the original Adam did.
Just as sin came through one man, justification also came through one man Jesus Christ. This justifies why to receive salvation; one has to express faith in Christ and what He did at the Cross. We do not need to do anything else but simply believe in what Jesus Christ did at the Cross.
There is no reason to condemn ourselves for our past life because God already knew the many times we failed and it is the reason why he sent Jesus. This is why the death of Jesus at the cross is very important for without Him there would be no forgiveness of sins because when He died on the Cross, we died with Him meaning that we died to who we used to be.
When He was buried, we were buried with Him, meaning that all our sins were also buried therefore no trace of our past sins.
When He rose, we also rose with Him to the newness of life that is why Jesus Christ told Nicodemus that one cannot enter the Kingdom of God unless they be born again (John 3:5).
After Paul’s conversion, nowhere in the bible do we see God reminding him or asking him to explain why He was persecuting Christian. This means that from the time we accept Jesus; all past sins are gone as we became new creations through Christ Jesus.
Through all this we can see the love of God, forgiveness of sins and also God’s grace as we never earned anything but just by the grace of God. Let us all cling to the old rugged cross and exchange it someday for a crown.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :