Sunday, July 15, 2007

What Held Jesus to the Cross?

John 15:9 As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you; continue ye in My love.
15:10 If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father's commandments, and abide in His love.
15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
15:12 This is My commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.
15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Jesus' self sacrificial love held Him to the cross.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ, liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.

Our sins held Christ to the cross. That was the purpose of the cross.

Is 53:4 Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquiteis: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way: and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
53:7 He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth.
53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? for He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of My people was He stricken.
53:9 And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.
53:10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
53:11 He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My righteous servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.
53:12 Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong: because He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

It is God's amazing grace that held Him there. It held Him there till He paid the price in full.

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head and gave up the ghost.

The new covenant started when He died.

Heb 9:16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
9:17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

So after all of that, here is my question for today. Does my life show how much I appreciate what Christ did for me on the cross? I pray it does.

1 comment:

Mere said...

Amen! GREAT POST AS ALWAYS!! Still in Kentucky!