Have you ever really thought about what Jesus Christ went through on the cross? What He accomplished there? We’ve all heard the story, but have we grown numb?
Ever since the garden man had been living under a curse, the curse of sin. In one perfect act of love, Jesus took the curse of all the ages on Himself…literally. Our Lord swallowed up every human sin that had ever been committed or ever would be committed by every single person who had ever lived or would live on this earth in victory. Think about how many billions of people that is! He paid it all on that old wooden cross.
What must have been going through His mind as He hung there, knowing full well what He was doing? Think about the pure torture He went through…for you. He must’ve seen and felt every horrific pain of a Mother’s heart as she watched her little child being buried in the earth. He saw every bitter tear that had been shed throughout all ages. He experienced every sickness, pain and disease that had ever been known to mankind. He saw every murder, every rape of an innocent child, every dark and sick thought or action of the most depraved hearts of all humanity. Still, He died for all of them…. past, present and future. He died for Hitler and for Stalin. He died for Hussein and Bin Laden. He died for you and me…do any of us deserve such love?
To the unsaved of this world this story is foolishness. Paul said; “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; buy unto us which are saved, it is the power of God.” 1 Cor. 1:18 KJV. For the redeemed, what Christ accomplished on the cross is the ultimate expression of His deep abiding love for our souls. It is the heart cry of grace unmerited, undeserved, and especially: unearned. It gives us unbridled power to live a life pleasing to God, full of joy and the peace of our Lord. He accomplished everything: Victory over death…our worst enemy. When He said, “It is finished” it truly was!
Many think their works on this earth will save them. Most people hope to get to heaven by being a good person. If that were true, why did Jesus have to die on the cross? Why would we need Jesus if we could save ourselves with good works? We wouldn’t. Jesus bore the pain of all the ages for one reason: To redeem us unto Himself because He loves us. He wants to spend an eternity with us. But make no mistake:
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Cor. 6:9-10 KJV.
We are made righteous only by the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross. Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” John 14:6 KJV. Jesus alone bore the pain of all ages. My sin…your sin…. now what will you do with this Savior?
We will never truly understand what all Jesus felt at his trial and crucifixion. I am reminded of John 3:16...for GOD so LOVED the world that he gave his only begotten son....
Pure love, pure grace, Jesus paid the price for our sins, past, present and future. It was a terrible thing physically to endure, but Jesus saw the end "his resurrection" and he was willing to pay the price to be seperated from his Father for a time so MAN could return to GOD. We will never understand this kind of love while we live in earthly bodies. Thank God, JESUS obeyed.
He saw every bitter tear that had been shed throughout all ages. He experienced every sickness, pain and disease that had ever been known to mankind. He saw every murder, every rape of an innocent child, every dark and sick thought or action of the most depraved hearts of all humanity.
Julia, I have often thought about what the eyes of God have witnessed throughout all the ages and also wondered why He would save any of us .
None are righteous , except we be covered in the righteousness of Christ Jesus .
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
All the work of salvation is done by our Saviour. That is why we can fully trust in all the eternal promises and blessings of God.
May He see us washed in the precious blood of our Saviour whenever He looks upon us.
God bless you always, Julie