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