I am come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.
With the approach of Good Friday, it seems only fitting to draw your attention to the cross. It was here, in a brutal death, that Christ our Lord died for our sins. It was here that He traded His life for ours, so we could spend eternity with God the Father. The magnitude of the cross in our lives is amazingly consuming; without the cross, we are nothing, we have nothing, and we can hope for nothing. Everything we know and understand about the promises that accompany our faith in God is founded in the cross. The question is, how much do we know about those promises?
We know because of Christ's death, we can be forgiven of our sins (Romans 4:25.) We know that through our faith in Christ, we can be found righteous before the Lord (Philippians 3:9.) We know that when Christ was resurrected, we, too, gained the promise of eternal life (1 John 2:25.) We know that when Christ left Earth, it was to prepare a place for us in Heaven (John 14:3.) Each of the promises is a beautiful demonstration of the love of our Heavenly Father, but they are all contained in one place: our physical death.
Please know I am not degrading or devaluing the gift of eternal life we have received; I have simply come to understand there is more to the promises of the cross than what benefits us in death. When we accept Christ as our Savior by accepting His work on the cross, we become His family, His siblings, heirs to the King of Kings. We are welcomed to bask in the presence of the Almighty; God's throne room becomes our living room.
Because of the cross, we have access to God in a new way: He is no longer just Ruler; He becomes Father. He supplies our every need according to His riches (Philippians 4:19.) He comforts us when we are distressed (2 Corinthians 1:4.) He heals all our diseases (Psalm 103:3.) He works things out for our good (Romans 8:28.) He protects us (Psalm 91:1-3.) He makes plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11.) He loves us steadfastly (Psalm 103:8.) These promises are not only traits of a caring father, they are also truths we can experience in this life.
The power of the cross is not limited by our physical death. Yes, when our time here on Earth is complete, God will welcome us into His arms and into our new home in Heaven, but we don't have to wait to die to experience the fullness and the beauty of the promises of the cross. When Christ knowingly and willingly gave His life up for us, when the Spotless Lamb was slaughtered, God gave us more than hope for tomorrow. He gave us the opportunity to live abundantly today.
My prayer for you today is that you realize all the cross has to offer. Jesus' death was more than a sacrifice. It was absolutely everything we ever needed, and it is every hope we will ever have. Take the time to study the scriptures provided to learn for yourself all Jesus gave us when He gave us His all. - Megan
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