But the Cross!

In the middle of Israel’s oppression and distress, God sent His own Son into the world. He taught with authority, and wherever He walked, miracles happened. Followers and believers were convinced that Jesus was the Messiah who would establish His reign on earth and free them of their troubles.

But the cross.

In this pandemic, we’re hoping for deliverance from the tyranny of disease, financial woes, isolation, and disruption in everything we thought normal. Could there be a purpose in this?

Jesus understood the purpose He was sent into the world by His Father.

Preach the Gospel

Jesus said to the the people, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” Luke 4:43

Glorify God

Jesus did not want to endure the cross. “Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” John 12:27-28

Draw all people to Himself

“Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:31-32

Save the world

Jesus cried out, “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. John 12:46-47

Bear witness to the truth as King

Pilate asked Jesus, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world–to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” John 18:37

This Friday is good, because we remember that Jesus paid the price for our sins. All that we have done wrong, all our disobedience of the Laws of God, all our sins were placed upon Jesus on the cross. He took the judgment from God that you and I deserve.

The Israelites hoped for a savior to free them from the reigning oppression. But their Savior came to free them from the reign of evil in their lives. Jesus came to free them from the slavery of sin.

Jesus came to save the world. Jesus died on the cross, so that you and I could live with Him forever.

Jesus, the man of joy and tears, endured scorn, beating, shame, agony, separation from His Father for a time, and death – all for you and me. He loves you!

Jesus freely offers you eternal life

Will you accept this free gift?

My prayer

Our Loving Father, thank You for sending Jesus into the world to pay the price for our sins. Forgive us of our sins, our personal sins, our country’s sins, and the world’s sins. Help us to turn from those sins, so that we live in the freedom and peace that only You can give. We give You are lives and our circumstances. Have Your way with us. Show us Your purpose for our lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray.

If you gave your life to the Lord, today, please let us know in the comments section below, so that we can pray for you.

Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!


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