The Power of the Cross holds the ticket to Life
The power of the cross is that through the death and resurrection of Jesus, we have the opportunity for eternal life. How does this work?
Isaiah 49:6 says “‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob,
And to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles,
That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
In coming to earth, Jesus — GOD in the flesh — offers restoration between GOD and mankind. But how could His presence on earth make such a difference as to conquer death to mankind? What does “salvation” actually mean?
The LORD gave Jesus the commission to rescue the Jewish people, GOD’s elder son. But the commission of the Son, his suffering and his mission, was deemed to be too powerful and too huge a sacrifice to limit salvation only to the Hebrew people.
GOD sent the son for ALL and faith in Jesus saves anyone who follows Him.
What Jesus did
Jesus was born without an earthly father, who is the source of our sinful nature. It is the sinful nature that separates us from GOD. So, with Holy Spirit as the father, Jesus was born without sin, unlike every other human being.
“I didn’t come to replace the Law but to fulfil it.” (Matthew 5:17)
GOD provides the Law in order to help mankind recognise their rebellious and sinful nature and to repent. Through sacrifice, mankind is able to repent and return to relationship with the Father. But while mankind demonstrates his inability to avoid sin, he is not able either to keep the Law. Therefore he needs something beyond the Law to save him.
Jesus offers reunion between the Law and the Father, between mankind and the Father, between Life and the source of Life. Faith in Him sets us free from our own sin through His sinlessness and His sacrifice. Jesus provides the “ticket” to eternal life.
Salvation enables freedom for the sinner, to reach the Father by His grace
Forgiveness, offered by the Father through faith in the Son, is the ticket to heaven after life on earth and freedom from oppression whilst on earth.
The first Adam sinned and gave up his immortality; the second Adam replaced sin and death with the opportunity for salvation and eternal life.
So, who is Jesus?
Jesus is the saviour for mankind: born of a virgin, He lived, taught, died, and in rising again brought victory over death. Jesus triumphed over sin and death.
Faith in Him allows us to reap the benefit of resurrection. Faith in Jesus is the ticket to eternal life. The power of the cross is the resurrection power of a sinless substitute for our sin.
Life is eternal for those who believe and follow Jesus. The power of the cross is the ticket to life!
“No one comes to the Father except through me”
Jesus said this not because He’s racist or egotistical but because no one else before or after, was sinless AND no one else before or after, defeated death. Those are the credentials Jesus has, and no one else. So like it or not, He’s the only Way to reunion with the Creator of the Universe, GOD the Father.
Shalom and God bless… may this explanation be useful to you and yours.
2 replies on “The Power of the Cross: ticket for LIFE”
n John 17:3, Jesus defined eternal life saying, “This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” By Jesus’ loving and caring ways, by His power to meet every human need, and by His teaching the word of God, His disciples came to know the Father and the Son.
By shifting perception to the definition Jesus himself said, means that when you are able to think like Jesus thinks, and this is possible through the Sermon on the Mount, your feelings and behaviour will connect with the Living God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob in the moment, whilst you are alive in the body and in the flesh. This is confirmed by the presence of the Holy Spirit in you and working through you all the time.
Amen. A good preach, brother Clifton! Thank you for writing in.
Yes, as we look to Jesus, He truly is the author and finisher of our Faith.