Reading the Bible daily does not save us.
Praying daily does not save us.
Going to church does not save us.
Giving to the poor does not save us.
Faith in the blood shed by Christ on the cross, for our sins, is the ONLY thing that saves us.
The cross should be the center and focal point of a Christian’s life.
The cross is the key to following Jesus.
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served
but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Jesus came to give his life as a ransom and final sacrifice for our sins.
Let’s look at the death of Jesus on the cross in Mark 15 together:
24 And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. 25 And it was the third hour when they crucified him. 26 And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” 27 And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. 29 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.”Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.
33 And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.”36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.”
37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.
38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.
39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
After Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last breath – Mark 15:38 tells us the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.
Some facts about the temple curtain:
- It was 60 feet high.
- It was 4 inches thick.
- It separated the Holy of Holies where God dwelt, from the rest of the temple.
- Only the High Priest was permitted to enter the Holy of Holies once a year to make atonement for Israel’s sins.
- It signified man separated from God because of our sin.
The temple curtain was thick like a carpet and torn from top to bottom making it impossible to have been torn by human hands.
God Almighty tore that curtain in two, giving us an “all access pass” to the very throne of God Almighty – maker of the heavens and the earth!
The cross of Jesus has brought us into the very presence of God!
Everyday we can bow our knee in prayer through the name of Jesus and talk to our Heavenly Father – the King of Kings!
Jesus loves you!!!
We no longer need a priest – Jesus is our High Priest.
We no longer need a lamb – Jesus is the lamb.
We no longer need the shedding of blood – Jesus is the final sacrifice.
All our sins are forgiven because of His blood!
It is finished.
Paid in full!
Sweet victory in Jesus!
The key to following Jesus is the cross.
Jesus is our example of obedience and Jesus said in Mark 8:34: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
This is not an invitation to a party. A call to take up the cross, is a call to come and die. It is a call to deny all of our selfish desires and be willing to follow Jesus.
It’s Friday…but Sunday’s coming!
Have a great day of Celebration this Sunday.
He is Risen!
And Because He lives…
I can face tomorrow!
Walk with the King,
How has the cross of Jesus changed your life?
For Further Reading
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What’s Next After Mark?
We will begin the Book of Deuteronomy on April 11th! If you have never studied this book of the Bible before – now is the time! Invite your friends and join us!