THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS
Man sinned, and the wages of sin is death.
Man had to die. There was only one solution. God coming down as a man, fully man, fully God, born of a virgin as prophesied, to die in our place. Jesus was the only solution, the last Adam (1 Cor 15). A sinless, perfect man in exchange for an ungodly sinner without strength.
For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Rom 5:6-8
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 Cor 1:18
(Gal 3:10-14). Jews had their Passover Lambs, Jesus was identified by John the Baptist in John 1, as the Lamb of God which would take away the sins of the world. He would become the perfect sacrifice, the perfect Passover Lamb within sin. (See Isaiah 53 for one of the prophecies of the Messiah’s sacrifice.)
Anything we try to do good will fall short of God’s glory, we all have sinned (Rom 3:23), no one is good (in His sight) not one. We are separated from God in our sin. All sin is an offense.
But Jesus stepped up as prophesied in God’s Word from the very first sin against God (Gen 3:15).
Jesus put Himself in our shoes so to speak (a man of sorrows, acquainted with our grief), became our substitute to give us the chance for life eternal with Him if only we would believe. He took our sins upon Him (died for our transgressions). The penalty for even one sin is death, the death we all will face without Him is forever, separated from God, hell eternally. Jesus bore the wrath of His Father in our place. Sin is rebellion to God. From the beginning, we have wanted to do it our own way, disobeying God, our Father in heaven. And like a friend said recently, Frank Sinatra did it “My way”, but where is he now?
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom 6:23
God is Holy and our sins are like the stench of a dead decaying body. There is an answer and there is only ONE WAY (John 14:5). Believing on Jesus Christ and His work on the cross. He died for your sin, to make a way for you to be reconciled to God. Your stinking dead religion, your ‘good works’, your promises of doing good, will die with you if you do not change your mind (repent), and trust on Him. All your works are as filthy rags in His sight (Is 64:6). We are all going to die, the choice is, where will you go when you die?
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;
And we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6
You must rely upon Jesus alone for your righteousness, there is only ONE WAY (Rom 10:4, Jn 14:6, Jn 6:28-29). It’s a simple message, He did it all for you. He died for our sins, was buried and rose again for us, proving that He had power over death as He said He did. He laid down His life willingly and took it back up again.
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. John 11:25-27
Jesus is God, one with the Father, who so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life (Jn 3:16) If you believe that He is who He said He was, and that He died in your place, that you can do nothing to earn this, it is a free gift (Eph 2:8-9). Receive Him as your Savior by believing on Him, and you will be adopted, made a child of God (Jn 1:12; Gal 4:4-6).
There is a song called Rock of Ages that says, nothing in my hand I bring, only to the cross I cling.
BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THOU SHALT BE SAVED (Acts 16:31).