MESSAGE: THE FINISHED WORK OF THE CROSS AND THE BLOOD OF JESUS! I Corinthians 1:18 “for the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness: but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”
The world does not understand why the cross of Calvary on which Jesus bore our sins and died is so important. Without the crucifixion of Jesus on the cross we would have no forgiveness of sins. We would not have a way to Heaven. God would still be our Creator, but not our Father. When we accept Jesus as Savior and Lord we can then cry out to God saying “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:16, Galatians 4:6).
It may sound foolish to some. But who does it sound foolish to? Those who are perishing! But unto the believer in Christ, His finished work on the cross is the power of God. That same power of the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead will also quicken our bodies and raise us from the dead and give us a home in heaven with new bodies that will never die. And if you are still alive when that time comes you will be caught up (or raptured) to meet the Lord in the air (after those who are dead in Christ have been raised first) l Thessalonians 4:17.
So you see, its pretty exciting for Christians when we think about the cross. We understand that Jesus died in our place. The only one who was sinless became sin for us and died for us. II Corinthians 5:21 “He made Him who knew no sin be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
When we ask forgiveness and repent, God looks down from Heaven and sees the Blood of Jesus covering us. The Blood cleanses us. Thank you Jesus for being obedient and going to the cross for us. Philippians 2:8 “and being found in appearance as a man, He (Jesus) humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (9) Therefore God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name. (10) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth (11) and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
Not only does the work of the cross get us a way to Heaven, but there is much more! Read all of Isaiah 53 where it prophesies about the crucifixion 100′s of years before it took place. When Jesus died on the cross, He took care of every need that we ever needed. The most important is the salvation of our spirit and soul. However, he did much more than that. He took care of us spiritually, physically, emotionally, financially, socially and every other way.
If you check out the word salvation, you will see that it means protection, healing, soundness, prosperity, deliverance, deliverance from every kind of evil. If your enemy, the devil, is coming against you, resist him and he will flee and remember Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him (the devil) because of the blood of the Lamb (Jesus) and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.” So we see we overcome the devil because of the shedding of the Blood of Jesus on the cross. We know of stories where people’s lives have been spared because someone prayed and would plead the Blood of Jesus over them. We know of stories of would-be rape victims who would say “I plead the Blood of Jesus!” and their would-be rapists ran off in fear. There is power in the Blood.
II Peter 2:24 “and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness for by His stripes we are healed.” While this refers to the healing of our souls most importantly, many, many people have claimed this scripture and received physical healing (See Isaiah 53 again).
When our son, Caleb, was about 7 or 8 days old and he was in the intensive care unit at the hospital, he turned purple and the doctors did C.P.R. on him for 20 minutes. The doctor came out to see me to explain what had happened. I took her by the hands and prayed a prayer I had never prayed before. I said “Father, when your Son Jesus went to the cross hs took care of every need we ever needed and I thank you.” Within an hour the doctors said he was actually better off than before the episode. At least his lungs finally opened. (They had shut down a few hours after his birth.)
The finished work of the cross is so much more vast in the blessings we receive than we can cover in this article.
One more thing though is that because Jesus died for us and went away He sent us the Holy Spirit, our Helper, our Comforter. He is the Spirit of truth. He will lead you, guide you, be with you and help you in your every need. The Holy Spirit will give you power to live a life pleasing to God and to be an over-comer.
ACCEPTING WHAT JESUS DID FOR YOU: Let’s pray “Dear God, thank you for giving us your Son. Dear Jesus, thank you for shedding your Blood on the cross for me. Thank you for forgiving me of my sins. I accept what you did on the cross for me. I receive you as my Savior and confess You as Lord of my life. Thank you for giving me a home in Heaven. Thank you for taking care of every need I will ever have. In Jesus’ name. Amen”
Now get baptized, pray daily, read the Bible daily, get into a good church. Believers can pray a similar prayer to get back in right fellowship with your Father and be bold for Jesus.
INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE: God has called us to a work among the cowboys and cowgirls and many others. Sometimes the enemy comes in to distract. Nehemiah was rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. The enemy tried to distract him from his work and get him to come down and talk four different times (and then later a fifth time in a different manner). His reply was (Nehemiah 6 3) “…I am doing a great work so that I can not come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?” What made it a great work? He was doing what God wanted him to do! We hope these newsletters help your spiritual growth. We invite you to help us in this work. Let’s not be distracted. Lives are being changed. Thank you for your prayers, help, time and money. Let’s finish this work!
SERVICE: What about you or your group? Is there something I can do for you? Let me know.
Isaiah 6:8 “Also, I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send and who will go for us? Then said 1, send me,”
Your Cowboy Partner and friend in Christ,