THE CROSS OF JESUS

 

What Can It Do For You Today?

 

 

By Pastor Kelly Sensenig

  

 

The Bible declares that Jesus Christ

died on a cross in your place,

so you can have your sins forgiven,

be rescued from Hell,

and prepared to go to Heaven.

 

Please Consider These Questions:

 

       The Bible does say Jesus died on a cross, but what can that mean for you today?

 

       What does the cross of Christ offer those of us today who are living in the 21st century?

 

       Many people have asked me, “What possible value can the cross of Jesus have in my life today?

 

       How can an event which happened some 2,000 years ago affect my life today?

 

These are very good questions that need to be correctly answered from the Bible.

 

 

Please Consider These Facts:

 

 

FACT #1:   You are a sinful person.

 

“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

 

“But scripture hath concluded all under sin” (Galatians 3:22a).

 

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).

 

“For there is not a just man upon the earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not” (Ecclesiastes 7:20).

 

Sin is anything we think, say, or do that displeases God and is contrary to His Holy Word.

 

We have all sinned because we were born in sin and have fallen short of God’s standard of perfection and holiness.

 

 

FACT #2:   Your sins have separated you from God’s favor and acceptance.

 

   A.         The Bible says that God cannot look upon sin with favor.  He is a Holy God.

 

“Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity” (Habakkuk 1:13).

 

   B.         The Bible says your sins separate you from God.

 

“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2).

 

“…Having no hope, and without God in this world” (Ephesians 2:12).

 

“…far off…” (separated from God’s favor and acceptance – Ephesians 2:13).

 

“…alienated from the life of God…” (Ephesians 4:18).

 

   C.    The Bible says you are actually God’s enemy because of your sin.

 

“..alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works” (Colossians 1:21). 

 

“…when we were enemies…” (Romans 5:10).

 

   D.         The Bible says you are actually dead spiritually in your sins.

 

“…dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1).

 

This means that your eternal spirit is without God’s life and salvation while you remain in a state of unforgiven sins.

 

 

FACT #3:   Your sins will cause God’s wrath and judgment to come upon you.

 

     “For the wages of sin is death” (separation from God in Hell – Romans 6:23).

 

    “Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power” (II Thessalonians 1:9).

 

    “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44, 48).

 

    “…To reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished” (II Peter 2:9).

 

    “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).

 

    “The wicked shall be turned into Hell” (Psalms 9:17).

 

A Holy God must judge sinners who are separated from Him.  As a sinner, your spirit and body will be eternally separated from God’s presence in the literal place of fire and suffering which the Bible calls Hell or the Lake of Fire.

 

Please Consider The Love Of God:

 

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

 

God the Father loved you so much as a sinner that He sent Jesus (His only Son) into this world to die on a cross for you.  God did this so He could save you from Hell.

 

Please Consider The Cross:

 

  A.  The Person on the Cross (the Lord Jesus Christ).

 

 “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ” (I Timothy 2:5).

 

Jesus was the perfect God, perfect man, and perfect sacrifice without sin.  He was a “lamb without blemish and without spot” (I Peter 1:19).  Jesus was the perfect God-man who alone could bridge the gap of separation between God and you as a sinner.

 

 

   B.  The Passion of the Cross (the suffering of Christ).

 

 “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross”    (Philippians 2:8).

 

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities” (Isaiah 53:5).

 

“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 his shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7).

 

“…because Christ also suffered for us …” (I Peter 2:21).

 

“…Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh…”  (I Peter 4:1).

 

 

The Bible says Christ suffered great agony for you.  Does that strike you today?  Does this mean anything to you?

 

  C.  The Purpose of the Cross.

 

     1.  Jesus died on the cross bearing all of your sins.

 

  “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree…” (I Peter 2:24).

 

  “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;” (II Corinthians 5:21).

 

  “…Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures:” (I Corinthians 15:3).

 

 “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust…” (I Peter 3:18).

 

  “…and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6).

 

These verses tell us that Jesus became our substitute and sacrifice for sin.  All of our sins which we have committed or will commit were placed upon Christ on the cross.

 

    2.  Jesus died on the cross bearing all of your judgment.

 

“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse:  for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us:  for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:” (Galatians 3:10, 13).

 

God’s perfect law cannot be kept by anyone.  Therefore, it cursed or condemned us to the eternal judgment of Hell.  The Bible ways Jesus actually became a curse for us on the cross.  He took our curse, judgment, or Hell upon Himself in order to deliver us from this great judgment to come.

 

        Christ’s death upon the cross was not merely an example for us.

 

        Christ’s death upon the cross was not merely a martyr’s death.

 

 

“Christ’s death was a sacrificial death whereby He took your sins and judgment upon Himself.  You should have suffered and been judged for your own sins.  Instead, Jesus sacrificed His own life for you.

He died:     for you                          in your place

                   as you                           on your behalf

 

 “the just (Christ) for the unjust (you)” (1 Peter 3:18).

 

 

  3. Jesus died on the cross so you can actually have your sins forgiven and judgment (Hell) taken away.

 

     a. Through the sacrifice of Christ, your sins can be removed.

 

         “For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of  the world:  but now once in the end

          of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” (Hebrews   9:26).

 

        “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins...”  (I John 3:5).

 

        “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:14).

 

     b. Through the sacrifice of Christ, your judgment can be removed.

 

         “Much more then, being now justified by his blood (Christ’s death upon the cross), we shall be

         saved from wrath through him: (Romans 5:9).

 

        “Christ hath redeemed from the curse (judgment) of the law, being made a curse for us: 

         for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree:” (Galatians 3:13).

 

        Christ suffered for you so you do not have to suffer “the   vengeance of eternal fire” (Jude v. 7).

 

Through the sacrifice of Christ, God’s wrath against you can be appeased.  You no longer have to fear the judgment of God’s wrath in Hell.

 

c.  Through the sacrifice of Christ you can experience unending life with Jesus in Heaven.

 

     Jesus came into this world to “taste death for every man(on  the cross – Hebrews 2:9).

 

     Jesus did this so He could bring “many sons unto glory(the glory of Heaven – Hebrews 2:10).

 

Do you want to go to Heaven when you die?

 

 4. Jesus died on the cross so you can now have a peaceful    standing before God.

 

     “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross”  (Colossians 1:20).

 

     “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust,  that he might bring us to God

      (I Peter 3:18).

 

     “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son” (Romans 5:10).

 

          The purpose of the cross cannot be made any clearer.  Jesus died on the cross with your sins and judgment upon himself.  He did this so you can have your sins forgiven and judgment taken away.  The result is this:  you no longer need to be the enemy of God, but can be at peace with Him.  You can be spiritually ready to go to Heaven when you die.

 

Please consider the Finished Work of the Cross:

 

     “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many” (Hebrews 9:28).

 

    “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand

     of God” (Hebrews 10:12).

 

Jesus is not dying for your sins today.  He already died on the cross to save you.  He only needed to die once to forgive you forever.

 

“It is finished” (John 19:30).

 

These words of Jesus on the cross tell us that He paid for your salvation from Hell.  You cannot do anything in your own human merit to gain this salvation and acceptance before God.

 

    “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” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

 

God’s grace (kindness) through Jesus’ death on the cross is the only way you can be saved.  You have no hope without the cross.

 

Please Consider the Resurrection of Christ:

 

     “And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures”

     (I Corinthians 15:4).

 

    “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God,

     being put to death in the flesh, but quickened (made alive) by the Spirit” (I Peter 3:18-19).

 

Christ is no longer on the cross!  He is alive and ready to give the salvation which He provided for you some 2,000 years ago upon the cross.

 

Please Consider Your Salvation Today:

 

    “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men,

     whereby we must be       saved:” (Acts 4:12).

 

Salvation is a need (a “must”) for your life.  Jesus died on the cross and arose again from the grave so He can give you salvation from Hell and entrance into Heaven someday.

     

      This is what the cross can mean to you today.

        This is what the cross can offer you in the 21st century.

 

       This is how the cross can change your life today and forevermore.

 

 

The cross is more than an ornament used as a piece of jewelry.  The cross of Jesus Christ can give you:

 

       Forgiveness of sins

 

       Salvation from Hell

 

       Entrance into Heaven

 

       Acceptance and peace before a Holy God.

 

These are things you never had before!!  Would you life to receive these spiritual blessings today?  You can have them right now!

 

Please Consider How to be Saved:

 

    “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).

   

   “For by grace are ye saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8).

 

    “But as many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that

     believe on his name” (John 1:12).

 

Belief (faith) in what Jesus Christ has done for you on the cross will bring salvation to your life.  You must, by an act of faith, receive the salvation Christ offers to you.  Faith in Christ is a simple matter.  You simply believe that the living, resurrected Christ will do what He has promised.  He will save you by His work on the cross.

 

Have you ever placed your faith in Jesus Christ to save you?  If not, place your faith in Him today and receive the salvation which He has provided for you on the cross.

 

Here is a simple prayer you can pray in your own heart to help you in this life-changing decision of salvation:

 

     Dear Lord Jesus, I believe You died on the cross for me.  I believe You took my sins and judgment upon Yourself.   I believe you arose from the dead to give me salvation from Hell today.  I believe that what You have done for me on the cross will save me at this very moment.  Forgive me of all my sins and save me from the judgment of Hell.  Today, I believe on You.  Amen.”

 

If you prayed this prayer with understanding and sincerity, God has promised to save you.

 

     “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

 

If you have prayed this prayer and received Christ as your Savior, please print your name on this line.  Include your address and send this tract to me.  I’d like to send you information to help you in your new Christian life.


 

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          “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross  of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Galatians 6:14).