“Happy Father’s Day to the Fathers all over the world.”
“The Significance of the Cross”
John 19:17-22 New Living Translation (NLT)
17 Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). 18 There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. 19 And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 The place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek so that many people could read it.
21 Then the leading priests objected and said to Pilate, “Change it from ‘The King of the Jews’ to ‘He said, I am King of the Jews.’”
22 Pilate replied, “No, what I have written, I have written.”
Praise the Lord Beloved.
This is another day that the Lord has made,
let us once again all rejoice and be glad in it.
You know Beloved, in Jesus’ day, the cross was used by the Roman government to execute criminals. God transformed it into a symbol that unites Christians everywhere and it stands at the heart of what we believe and serves as a central focus of the gospel message.
When we reflect on the cross, we think about:
1. Jesus and His perfect life.
You see, our Savior left heaven to dwell on earth and become one of us. While here, He obediently accomplished the work His Father had given Him.
2. The Crucifixion.
Beloved, Christ went willingly to the cross in order to reconcile us to God. He suffered a painful death on our behalf, and through His sacrifice, our sin debt has been paid.
3. Resurrection and Ascension.
Three days after Jesus was buried, God raised Him from the dead. The Savior’s sacrifice on the cross was accepted as payment for our sins, and the way to heaven was opened for all who trust in Jesus.
Beloved, every Sunday I invite people to place their faith in Jesus Christ, and this Sunday is no different. I’m extending the invitation right now right here, for anyone who doesn’t have faith or a relationship with Christ. Beloved, because of the cross and what happened there, this invitation has great value to anyone who listens. In fact, the events of Calvary continue to be relevant to Christians of all ages. Our resurrected Lord, appeared on earth to many people and has ascended to live forever with His Father.
Beloved, if you’re not living morally correct (according to the will of God) then your house is out of order. Today, RIGHT NOW!!! Is a great time to get your house in order. In John 3:3 Jesus tells us one must be born again to see the Kingdom of God.
Beloved, Jesus conquered death and made it possible for us to dwell in heaven with Him someday.
Let’s all thank the Lord for the cross.
Have a blessed Father’s Day Sunday Everyone…