January 20, 2009

The Cross

Two days ago, I asked that you turn off the TV and ponder with me....

The following is a result of my pondering. How I pray that the Lord will use this is bless your souls:

Did you see "The Passion of the Christ" by Mel Gibson? Have you watched other films that focus (primarily) on the physical suffering that our Lord endured? Have those movies moved you? Is that your understanding of what Christ suffered on your behalf? Oh, how Satan can blind us. What Christ suffered on our behalf goes so far beyond His physical suffering. As Stephen Charnock puts it: There must be something more dreadful than to bare outward pain or bodily punishment; Christ was not wanting in courage to support that, as well as the most valiant martyr; He bore the beginnings of it till he saw a black cloud between his Father and himself. This made him cry out, my God, my God..... The agonies of Christ were more than the sufferings of all the martyrs, and all men in the world, since God laid upon him the sins of the whole world.

Listen to what God has revealed to us:

Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched.

And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass

Now be ye not stiff-necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.

But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.

For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him

Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah

But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation

Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.

God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

THE CROSS

That wrath, that you just read about , was poured out on Jesus Christ on the Cross for everyone who would ever believe, as if He had led our sinful life. Do you understand this? The Cross is not about His physical suffering (although He endured that as well). This is about Christ suffering the wrath of God on our behalf. He bore in is body the penalty for our sins!

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” This is the most powerful statement in the Bible!

“For he hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”

Do you understand this?

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