WHY THE BLOOD?
Friday, March 2, 2018
1 Corinthians 1:16-25
First of all, we need to understand one thing and one thing only. Our lives should be based, founded and established on one truth and one truth alone. And that is the GOESPEL truth.
The gospel is our true north. The gospel is our lifeline. The unaltered message of God throughout scripture. We were created in God's image for God's delight, we were given a purpose, and we were given life. WE chose to disobey and rebel, and that brought death, decay, and separation from the life source, God.
God provided a way for us to be rescued, delivered, redeemed, forgiven, acquitted, accepted, etc. in Jesus. His sacrifice, Him taking our place for the punishment, payment and justice that we deserved.
And after dying for us and taking our place, he defeated the power of death, of sin and of eternal damnation when he rose again, providing for us the righteous standing before the righteous judge, God. His wrath and justice were satisfied in Jesus for us. So now we have the righteousness of Jesus as our covering and dress, and therefore no longer enemies of God but accepted and adopted into His family. John 1:11-12
So, after we believe, embrace and Holy Spirit both as a guarantee of what is to come (salvation) and as our helper to enable us and empower us to live our lives in a manner worthy of the calling and purpose He has for us, which is to be His ambassadors, representatives and samples of His glory, love, freedom, joy, peace, rest, and abundant life!!!
So, His gift of freedom and forgiveness is not for us to have now license to sin.
He didn't come to just forgive our sins so that we can then feel like we can keep on sinning since all sins are forgiven.
He came to rescue us from the power that sin had over our lives, the power that sin has to enslave us and keep us in death and darkness.
He came to free us from the curse of sin. Sin keeps us in darkness and death. Sin cannot abide with holiness. Light with darkness. And since that was and is the main problem, sin, curse and death, Jesus frees us from this power in to a new life, a new hope, and a new beginning.
So, why keep on sinning? If we do, then we have not had the true conversion, the true transformation, the true surrender and conviction!!!
That is the "WHY THE CROSS?"
The cross is to reconcile, to be born again into a new life, new hope, to be brought from the kingdom of darkness in to the kingdom of light.
To be freed from the power of sin in our lives. No longer slaves. No longer bound. No longer under its power and curse!!!
So why are we still struggling? Why aren't we surrendering yet?