April 1, 2020
The Purpose of The Cross
This Easter season I will be sharing from our previously written Calvary series titled UNWRAPPING THE GIFT OF CALVARY.
Simply said, Calvary is about life, no fooling here; it is about a new lasting spiritual life. However, nothing about the gift of eternal life, made possible through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary, is simple. Jesus Christ, the man and who is God, even shed drops of blood when deep in prayer concerning God’s will for Him at Calvary.
Calvary was undoubtedly not easy for The Father God, His Son in the flesh, or His Spirit. For the trinity, Calvary was multifaceted. Calvary was complex. Calvary was a sheer impossibility for a man in the flesh and could not have taken place outside the supernatural power and presence of God.
Eternal life is possible only through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Jesus Christ signaled His spiritual work was finished as He sat down at the right hand of His Father in Heaven upon His death, burial, resurrection, and soon after His ascension to heaven. The Bible is inspired by God and records Jesus Christ now sitting on the throne of His Father in heaven in multiple places in scripture, includingMatthew 16:19, Acts 7:56-60, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 8:1-2 12:1, and 1stPeter 3:22.
Calvary was God’s spiritual answer with His eternal transaction tendered on the cross at Calvary. It is the only pathway (John 14:6) available to all persons. Yes, every man is afforded an opportunity for personally possessing this gift of eternal life through fellowship with God.
Did you know that this gift of life was possible since the beginning? God did not just “pull eternal life out of a magical hat” as needed in the Garden of Eden. God is never surprised or ill-prepared for anything and everything vital for sustaining the life of a man in this world and for all eternity.
Did you know that Adam and Eve were divinely inspired by God to live forever? There was once no such thing as death. However, Eve did not follow God’s commandments and was disobedient. Physical death was ushered to this earth through Adam. Eve was unable to resist the temptation of the cunning serpent ballooning her pride, she is easily led astray, eating of the Tree of Knowledge, and Adam chose to follow, soon after, partaking of this fruit too.
Adam is not deceived, but partook of the fruit, choosing to save Eve from death. This choice is both a necessary act by Adam in saving Eve and in serving as a picture in the Old Testament of Jesus Christ to save humanity from death.
Yes, Adam saved Eve from the grip of death, just as Jesus Christ saved humanity from death.
God’s hand was in both these essential spiritual transactions.
Please note Eve’s failed obedience ushered in the presence of immediate spiritual death for herself, and secondly, ushered in death for Adam. Third, since then, every man is born in the image of Adam (full of sin and having a darkened heart condition) upon entering this world through birth today.
Sin is natural in the heart of man.
A heart that has the presence and power of God at work inside is supernatural.
Do you know that if the sun would have set on this one particular day in the Garden of Eden and God did not personally seek out the whereabouts of both Adam and Eve for the purpose of adequately covering them with clothing and for mediating with sacrifices on their behalf, both would have physically died and there would be no such as the human race or eternal life?
Genesis 3:7-9 (KJB) And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
Ever since sin was introduced through disobedience in the Garden of Eden, sin is involved in every human life at birth and in bringing about physical death as the natural end of life for sinful man. Each person born naturally faces both spiritual and physical death. There would be no such thing as living forever through having new spiritual life. However, the intercession of God changed all that.
God made a way, through the shed blood sacrifice of animals in the ancient Old Testament times, for humanity to find shelter or cover themselves from their problem of sin. God named priests, from the tribe of Levi, as “official sin-bearers” whose spiritual job it was to come between man and God in the temple for the purpose of covering sin with shed blood animal sacrifices.
Today, in this New Testament Age of Grace, we have been given the possibility of having eternal life because the finished work at the cross of Calvary provided the necessary perpetual transaction for removal of sin.
Now all a person must do is choose to apply this gift of life made possible through the shed blood eternal sacrifice of His Only Son Jesus Christ. This supernatural spiritual opportunity makes living forever possible through the spiritual fuel of faith resting in the finished work of Jesus Christ. This transaction was made possible through the power and presence of God, the Father who spiritually restores the souls of a meek and humble man.
Are you spiritually softened by God or hardened by the presence of sin at work inside your heart?
A soul spiritually softened by the supernatural power and presence of God alive and working inside. A soul filled with sin and spiritually dead, both in this world and forever in the eternal realm, is hardened towards sin. One heart condition leads to eternal life in fellowship with God, while the other leads to eternal damnation and eternal separation from God forever.
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