THE CROSS, GOD’S LOVE IN DEMONSTRATION (3)

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” – 1Corinthians 15:3-4.

LIGHT FOR NOW: On the cross, man’s redemption began.

The work of redeeming man began on the cross, why? This is because that was where Jesus was made sin (2Corinthians 5:21); he never sinned but sin was laid on him. 1Peter 2:24 reads “Who his own self bare or sins in his own body on the tree…” To bear implies to take responsibility for the actions of other people. Jesus’ words on the cross were moving as they were heart rendering. They were the words of an offering – a sacrifice; this shows us why Jesus did not address God as his father. On the cross, he called him “My God”, because he was facing judgment; he then descends to where sinners (spiritually dead people) suffered for three days, bore the bruntof sins for three nights and he must be away from fellowship with his father. This, he must do if we are to be saved. On the third day, he triumphed over death; he rose from the dead. Peter preached his resurrection from the dead in Acts 2:22-31 and Apostle Paul in Acts 13:29-37. The resurrection of Jesus is the foundation of our redemption.

Upon his resurrection, Mary had gone to his grave (in John 20:15-17) to see his body. Jesus in verse 17 of John 20 said to her “touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my father”. The Greek translation actually says “Hold me no further”. She held onto Him, He was alive; she held a human being. But since he had not fully accomplished his work, he had to fulfill the promise of resurrection; “I ascend to my father and your father”. The scriptures tell us he became our high priest after he rose from the dead. The work of the high priest is to offer sacrifices (blood) for sinners. “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession (Hebrews 4:14)”; this is also recorded in Hebrews 5:5-6. When Jesus was glorified (raised from the dead), he became our high priest after being raised from the dead by shedding his blood. Shedding of blood within the Old Testament (types and shadows) was the sprinkling of blood on the mercy seat by the priest only (Leviticus 16:14). The high priest does this on the Day of Atonement. In Hebrews 9:11-12, the writer records that Jesus entered into the holiest of all with his blood; further in verses 22-24 of Hebrews 9. Therefore, the shedding of blood did not happen where men could see, Jesus’ shedding of blood happened in heaven. It is by the blood that was shed that we have access to the father. Now, we can stand in God’s presence (Hebrews 10:19). It is important to know that the blood of Jesus is the person of Jesus. His appearance before the father was the blood that was shed; meaning that the blood of Jesus is not liquid and by virtue of what he did when he rose, we are now in God’s presence and God’s presence is constantly in us. Hallelujah!!! 

INSTRUCTION: You have a high priest, look on him.

PRAYER: Lord, I thank you for the cross which changed everything. Thank you for your finished work; I rest in your finished work, in Jesus name, Amen.

QUOTE:You are a carrier of God’s presence.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LEVITICUS CHAPTER 16; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 9

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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