Monday, January 13, 2014

Word Of The Day... January 13, 2014....

Contemplating the Cross
Thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.  —1 Corinthians 15:57

I heard about a man who tried to start his own religion but soon found that it didn't go so well. He decided to approach the French statesman Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-érigord and ask him what he should do to gain converts. The statesman told him, "I recommend that you get yourself crucified, die, and then rise again on the third day."

Jesus' death on the cross and His resurrection on the third day is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. It is what sets our faith as Christians apart from the faith of all others. Yet many view Christ's crucifixion as a rude interruption of what was an otherwise successful ministry. But the cross was at the forefront of the mind of Jesus Christ from the very beginning. This is where He knew He was headed, and He spoke of it often. The Bible even tells us that before He even came to this earth, a decision was made that He would ultimately go to the cross. Scripture calls Him "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Revelation 13:8 NLT).

It was at the cross that the righteous demands of God were satisfied. It was at the cross that God and humanity were reconciled once again. It was at the cross that a decisive blow was dealt against Satan and his minions. It was at the cross that our very salvation was purchased. Therefore, we can't talk about the cross too much — or contemplate it too often.

I really enjoyed this devotion by Pastor Greg Laurie this morning.  I have to agree with Jesus Himself.  I think He said it perfectly when He hung on that cross for all of the sin of the world.  “It Is Finished” Those three words mean so very much to every Christian!  But it didn’t end there. You can go to the grave of Buddha, Confucius and Mohammed.  They are all there in their graves.  However, when you go to the grave of Jesus it is empty!  He is not there He has risen!!!  I hope you all have a Simply Heavenly day!!! 


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