JESUS death on the cross
What does it mean, what does it do for His own?
Let's consider Jesus' death on the cross. Consider it for a few minutes. Think about it.
How amazing it really is, how it opens so many doors for us, how it changes everything.
Now lets consider our situation;
DEAD in our SINS, LOST, FAR OFF, CUT OFF, SLAVES of various PASSIONS and SINS, DISOBEDIENT, LIVING in the LUSTS of our FLESH, doing what the FLESH wanted us to do, we were CHILDREN of WRATH, STRANGERS to the COVENANT of PROMISE, having NO HOPE and without GOD in the WORLD, ENEMIES, without PEACE, DIVIDED...without strength....
THEN JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS
Now if you tell someone that Jesus died on the cross, what kind of reaction will you get? Probably not much of a reaction, a regular person will think that that was a nice thing to do. But they don't consider themselves a really bad person, yes i might be a sinner, but not as bad as those people over there...
ok, lets look at our condition again;
DEAD IN OUR SINS, LOST, FAR OFF, CUT OFF, SLAVES OF VARIOUS SINS, DISOBEDIENT, LIVING IN THE LUST OF OUR FLESH, DOING WHATEVER THE FLESH WANTED US TO DO, WE WERE CHILDREN OF WRATH, STRANGERS TO THE COVENANT OF PROMISE, HAVING NO HOPE AND WITHOUT GOD IN THE WORLD, ENEMIES, WITHOUT PEACE, DIVIDED...without strength....
THAT'S OUR CONDITION IN GOD'S SIGHT, IN TRUTH...
Some one else might say, well I'm certainly a sinner, so I'm happy Jesus died for my sins, now I'm all cleaned up and ready to live my life.....
Lets go over our condition just one more time;
DEAD IN OUR SINS, LOST, FAR OFF, CUT OFF, SLAVES OF VARIOUS SINS, DISOBEDIENT, LIVING IN THE LUSTS OF OUR FLESH, DOING WHATEVER THE FLESH WANTED US TO DO, WE WERE CHILDREN OF WRATH, STRANGERS TO THE COVENANT OF PROMISE, HAVING NO HOPE AND WITHOUT GOD IN THE WORLD, ENEMIES, WITHOUT PEACE, DIVIDED...
Jesus died on the cross for my sins, therefore....
What that opens up to his own is just beyond amazing!
Once i was a burdened sinner - now I am forgiven, cause Jesus died for me!
Once I was lost - through Jesus death on the cross, now I'm found.
Once I had not received Mercy - now I have received Mercy, because He died for me!
I was a Grace less person - now I'm saved by his Grace!
I was a slave to sin - now by His Grace I'm empowered to overcome sin!
Once I was dead in my sins - now I am alive in the Spirit, because Jesus died for me!
Once all I was is run by spirits - now I have God's Holy Spirit
Once I was led around by various spirits - now I'm led by the Holy Spirit!
Once I had no hope and my hope was to breath my last - now I have the Hope of eternal salvation
Once I was a stranger - now I am an adopted son/daughter
Once I was far off/ cut off - now I'm brought near by the blood of Christ
Once all I knew was the flesh and living in it - now I live by the spirit
Once I tried to work my way into heaven - now I trust in Christ's righteousness
Once my own righteousness was like filthy rags - now Christ has become my righteousness and I have become the righteousness of God in Him, by His Grace!
Once I was under the Law - now I am under His Grace, because He died on the cross
Once I was a stranger to His covenant - now I am a child of His covenant
Once I had no peace or only fake peace - now I have real peace, because He is my peace!
All I had was fear of death and fear of punishment - now Jesus took that all away!
Once I was a child of wrath - now I am a child of God!
Once I was an enemy - now through Jesus death on the cross, I'm on His side and therefore He is on my side!