“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18-20 (HCSB)
Archive for April 10, 2014
“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:27 (NASB)
When Isaac Watts wrote that famous hymn “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross” he gave it a far better second line than we ever sing in our churches. He wrote:
When I survey the wondrous cross
Where the young Prince of Glory died.
It is the young Prince of Glory who calls us to follow Him, who rides forth conquering and to conquer and offer us a place in His victorious army. There is nothing soft or sentimental about His demands. He wants all or nothing. Which is it to be?
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Romans 5:8-10 (NASB)
The death of Jesus Christ can be explained only in the light of this fact. He was “delivered over because of our transgressions” (Romans 4:25). He certainly was not delivered for His own transgressions because there was no sin in Him. Therefore if He was not delivered for our sins, His death was a divine blunder and meaningless. But God cannot blunder, and the death of Jesus is not meaningless. Sin explains the sacrifice of the Savior. The cross of Jesus is God’s final and complete treatment of sin, and apart from sin the cross of Jesus has no meaning at all.
Jesus on the cross, hanging between heaven and earth, was an exhibition of the worst in the heart of man and the best in the heart of God–only God could have wrought salvation through the death of His only begotten Son.