From My Heart to Yours, part 9 – The Cross

What did Jesus DO on the cross that’s so important?

When the Romans crucified the Lord Jesus, they entered into God’s supernatural plan for the ages – because Jesus was NOT your average person!

“God made Him who had no sin . . .” 2 Corinthians 5:21a

The Bible’s unbroken claim is that, when He lived here on earth, and when the Romans nailed Him to the cross, Jesus was a person who “had no sin.”

“. . . Jesus was tempted in all ways just as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15

[Jesus to His enemies] “Which one of you can prove me guilty of ANY sin?” John 8:46a

Jesus frequented the Temple in Jerusalem but never offered a sacrifice for sin there – because He never needed to.

Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them . . .”, but He never prayed, “Father, forgive Me . . .” because He never needed to!

Virgin Birth = God gave Jesus a body with no sinful nature, so He could live a life with no sinful acts!

“God made Him who had no sin to become sin on our behalf . . .” 2 Corinthians 5:21

As Jesus hung on the cross, God took the sins of the entire world and “transferred them” onto Jesus – because Jesus had no sins of His own!

“All of us like sheep have gone astray; each of us has turned to his own way. And the LORD laid on Him [the Lord Jesus Christ] the sins of us all.” Isaiah 53:6

“He Himself [the Lord Jesus] bore our sins in His body on the cross . . .” 1 Peter 2:24

#1 – A new legal status before God

“God made Him who had no sin to become sin on our behalf so that we might become righteous in God’s sight through Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“We have been JUSTIFIED through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ.” Romans 3:24

“Justified” = a “courtroom” word that means “to be declared not guilty”

When we’re justified – it means that God agrees to see us (2 Corinthians 5:21) as not guilty – as “righteous in His sight” for all eternity.

God dismisses all charges against us “with prejudice” – the case is closed – there’s no double jeopardy! This becomes our legal status in the courtroom of heaven forever!

They weren’t available to have our sins transferred onto them – because they had sins of their own to deal with before God – which Jesus didn’t!

#2 – A new certainty about our eternal destiny

“Truly, I say to you, TODAY, you shall be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43

Jesus was able to say this to the thief because of the work He was performing for him – right there on the cross!

“When we were dead in our sins, God forgave us for all our sins . . . and cancelled the DEBT against us
. . . by nailing it to THE CROSS.” Colossians 2:13-14

“There is now no condemnation [ever] to those who are in Jesus Christ.” Romans 8:1

Our “sin debt” to God is “paid in full.” It is not nailed to us anymore – it is nailed to the cross of Jesus!

#3 - A cessation of hostilities between us and God
Romans 5:10 – people outside of Christ: “enemies of God”
Ephesians 4:18 – “alienated from the life of God”
John 3:36 – “God’s wrath for sin rests on them”

This “state of hostility” exists . . .
•  Not because God’s love desires it . . .
•  But because God’s holiness demands it

“. . . we have PEACE WITH GOD through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1
“Jesus reconciled us to God, having made PEACE [between us and God] through the blood of His cross
. . .” Colossians 1:20

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, this man/woman has peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)

#4 – A new receptivity to the things of God
“All of us are born spiritually dead in our trespasses and sins . . . But God, being rich in mercy . . . even when we were dead in our sins . . . He made us alive in Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 2:1, 4-5

When we come to the cross, God fixes our “receiver.”

#5 – A new family relationship with God

Romans 5:2 says that because of the cross we now stand in a “gracious position” with God.

“To all who received Him, to them God gave the right, to become children of God . . .” John 1:12

“The Spirit of God Himself bears witness to our spirits, that we are children of God.” Romans 8:16

“God predestined us in love to be His children through Jesus Christ . . .” Ephesians 1:5

“Gracious position” = now “God’s children”

#1 – Righteous in God’s sight forever
#2 – Our eternal destiny is settled forever
#3 – A “peace treaty” with God forever
#4 – Our spiritual receiver gets fixed forever
#5 – We become a child of God forever


“Through Him [the Lord Jesus Christ] we have ACCESS in our Spirit to the Father.” Ephesians 2:18

“. . . in whom [the Lord Jesus], we have boldness and CONFIDENT ACCESS to God.” Ephesians 3:12

“Let us therefore come boldly to God’s throne of grace that we may get mercy and grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

“. . . cast all your cares upon God, because HE CARES for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Pastor Lon Solomon McLean Bible Church
Pastor Lon Solomon
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McLean Bible Church is a multi-campus congregation that acts as one church in multiple locations around the Washington, DC metro area. Our goal is to build a “spiritual beltway” around the city by starting Community Campuses that are fully functioning expressions of McLean Bible Church. We believe these Community Campuses are the best way we can carry out our mission of impacting secular Washington…