The Power of the Cross . . .
The Power of the Cross . . .
"Jesus said, 'And I, if I be lifted up from the earth,
will draw all men unto me.' This He said,
signifying what death He should die." John 12:32-33 (KJV)
This is a holy season for two major faith groups. It is Passover season for the Jews, and it is Easter season for the Christians. Christians recognize the connection between the two. The initial Passover in Egypt was what set the people of Israel free from the hard bondage they had been subjected to under a wicked Pharaoh. It was a foretaste or preview of the full salvation from the hard bondage of sin, which Jesus would provide for all those who would choose to believe and obey Him.
To be spared from the death angel's assault in Egypt, the Israelites had to kill a lamb without blemish, and apply the blood of the lamb to the lintel and side posts of the doors of their houses. As some of the blood would drip from the lintel onto the threshold . . . a perfect outline of a cross would be made. Those who believed and obeyed God's instructions would be protected, for the death angel would "pass over" their houses.
When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son Jesus . . . the only perfect man who ever lived . . . to be the "Lamb of God," who would take away the sin of the world. His blood was shed freely upon the cross at Calvary, where He suffered and died to pay the penalty for the sins of which we are guilty. For all who choose to receive Him as Savior and Lord, His blood . . . in a spiritual sense . . . cleanses us from all sin; henceforth, we have no need to fear death, for it will only be a doorway into the Promised Land of Heaven.
Is it really that simple? Will it really work out that way for anyone who makes that simple choice to believe? The answer is "Yes."
So the question is as follows: Have you done the simple things God has asked you to do?
Number one: Have you chosen to believe in your heart that Jesus died for your sins and that He was raised from the dead to be your Savior and Lord?
Number two: Have you confessed with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord?
When you have done these two things, you can rest assured that God will take care of all the rest to save you for time and eternity.
". . . whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish,
but shall have everlasting life." John 3:16b (KJV)
Andrew (Andy) Johnson
Senior-Adult Pastor, Emeritus -- First Baptist Church, Ruston, Louisiana
Fighter Pilot, U. S. Marine Corps (1952-66, Ret.); Chaplain, U. S. Navy (1969-90, Ret.)
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