Testimony of the Cross

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Glancing out the window at 6:45, as my husband backed out of the driveway on his way to go get grand-kids to take to high school, I thought how faithful Mac is.  He is faithful like our GOD.  An hour later he would do the same thing for 2 other grand-kids to take them to their school.  Day in and day out, though just a month shy of 76 and not always feeling his best, Mac faithfully sets his phone alarm and gets up, not because he wants to, but because of his love for the kids.

At the proper time, Christ JESUS gave HIMSELF as a ransom for all as a testimony (1 Timothy 2:6).  We often talk about the wonderful things JESUS accomplished for us by carrying our sin and earning our forgiveness but what did it testify of?  It told of GOD’s unimaginable love for rebellious mankind.  That love that characterizes everything HE does.  I think it also testified of HIS wisdom.

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HIS thoughts are beyond us, unsearchable to us, and though we try to figure out what HE is doing, we cannot scrutinize HIS ways (Romans 1:33).  But we have evidence through JESUS dying on the cross, that GOD’s love for us is faithful and true (John 3:16).

We aren’t the only ones who don’t understand GOD, for if the principalities and powers had understood what GOD was achieving through the cross, they would not have crucified the LORD of glory (I Corinthians 2:8).

For on the cross, JESUS not only cancelled our debt (run up by our sins) and the legal demands against us and nailed them to the cross; HE also stripped the evil principalities and powers of their authority over us and disgraced them publically as HE triumphed over them (Colossians 2:14-15). What an AWESOME day that was!  No longer do they have the keys of death and hades.  They now belong to JESUS (Revelation 1:18).

I’m sure there is more to learn about the wonders of the cross.  Today, I am pondering the double testimony it gives.  One-that when it looks like the enemy has won a battle against us, we know GOD, behind the scenes, is achieving wonders for us that far surpass the pain of today (2 Corinthians 4:15-18).

I can’t resist the urgency to relate again what a Coptic Christian expressed concerning that which JESUS impressed on him after a suicide bomber killed 57 Christians in Egypt:  The devil said, “I have killed 57 of YOUR people.”  But JESUS replied, “no you haven’t.  You just sent them to ME and mobilized MY church to pray.”

The other aspect of the testimony GOD gave through the cross is that no matter how it looks, GOD is for us.  HIS plans for us are good, not to harm us but to help us (Jeremiah 29:11).  When things look black, we must look to HIM and thank HIM for HIS wise love.  HIS ways may not always make sense to us but, they always, always work (Isaiah 55:8-11).

Looking unto JESUS the Author and Perfector of my faith.

Hugs

Sharon

 

 

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