The Source of Life
The cross... an instrument of Roman torture and death, is the source of life for all who believe. The cross... a gift of love.
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. - 1 Corinthians 1:18
This Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. - Acts 2:23
The cross does not make sense to most people. A dead savior was foolishness to people living under 1st century Roman rule... and it is foolishness to people today. What can a dead savior do for you? Nothing! He is dead. BUT, there is more to the story.
You've disobeyed God. You broke His laws and have earned the just penalty. God is a true and good judge. He cannot just forgive you, justice must be satisfied. The penalty for breaking God's laws is death... the second death. That penalty cannot be avoided. It must be paid.
For the wages of sin is death... - Romans 6:23
But for those who are afraid to be known as Christians, and the unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and sexually immoral persons, and those involved with the occult or drugs, and idolaters, and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” - Revelation 21:8
An Important Fact About You
You are eternal. You will exist forever. We all go through the first death, a physical death that takes us from THIS physical world. However, you will continue to exist; to think; to feel. The question is... will you be with God or...?
What Happened on the Cross?
Jesus died physically... but that is not the main part of the story. He also died the second death. The second death is total separation from God. That is not good. It is a total separation from everything that is good. EVERYTHING.
About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabaktanei?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” - Matthew 27:46
On the cross Jesus died the second death, separation from God. He died the second death in place of all those who repent and believe in Him. BUT, there is more.
The Cross Was Not The End
Jesus was physically dead. The Romans stuck a spear in His side to be sure of that. He was buried. The tomb was sealed and guarded so that no one could steal the body and then claim He was still alive.
Yet, on the third day the tomb was empty. He was alive! He spent the next 40 days talking with people; walking with people, eating with people; letting people touch Him. There were at least 500 witnesses, and probably many more. Jesus was ALIVE! His resurrection proved there is life after death... life with God.
The cross, an instrument of death, became the symbol of life!
By dying on the cross, both physically and entering the second death, Christ died in the place of all who believe in Him. This gift is available to all who will accept it. No matter who you are or what you have done, Jesus' gift of the cross is available to you. Trust that Jesus has paid the penalty for all you have done wrong. Repent. Turn away from disobeying God and desire God's righteousness. Believe in Jesus and what He did on the cross.
There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among mankind by which we must be saved. - Acts 4:12
There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. - Acts 4:12
Jesus saves us. There is no one else. Only Jesus has the ability to save us. No one else can do what is necessary to save us.
Save us from what?
From God's justice. Every one of us has disobeyed God. We have all broken God's laws and there are consequences. We have earned the just penalty lawbreakers receive. The second death.(Revelation 21:8) Eternity in hell.
There will be justice. The penalty must be paid. 2000 years ago, as He hung on the cross, Jesus paid that penalty for everyone who repents and believes in Him. Repent today! Turn away from disobeying God. Trust Jesus (God) to save you from eternity in hell. Trust that Jesus paid the penalty you have earned for breaking God's laws.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 6:23
You have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. - Ephesians 2:8-9
Jesus is your Savior. Trust Him.