Would You Take Up Your Cross?

Title: Would you Take Up Your Cross?

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Would you take up your cross and follow him knowing where it leads
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The Cross No Pretty Thing

Math:26-28-And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

Math:26-28-And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

Vs. 27-And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,

Drink you all of it;

Vs.-28-For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.[ see we do not have to come in by the blood of bulls and goats we have a new way by the shed blood of Jesus. He introduced a new way the N.T.]

Forgiveness is necessary because “we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans- 3:23

Rom. 6:23- “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,”

The Hebrew and Greek word for forgiveness means “ to cover,” “to pardon,” “to cancel,” “to send away. In order for us to receive forgiveness there must be faith.

Heb.-11:6- “But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

In order to receive forgiveness of our sins we must have a repented heart and confess our sins.[ACTS-2:38] Repentance, forgiveness of sins, and baptism are the prior conditions for receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost,

Acts-3:19- “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing [this is the refreshing that Isaiah was speaking about in vs.-28:11-12.] [“ For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.” [vs.12- “To whom he said, This is the rest wherein ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing; yet they would not hear.” [see he said that this was the refreshing but the sad part is they are not hearing.] he said when the times of refreshing shall come from the Lord.”

God has chosen to bless his people the outpouring of the Holy Ghost only on the condition or repentance which means having a change of heart turning from sin and all unrighteous. In the apostolic message I cannot find where there is a promise of blessing anyone with the Holy Ghost unless these conditions are met. For God to be able to be able to extend forgiveness he also had some conditions that he had to meet.

Heb.-9:22- “And almost all things are by the law purge with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” By his blood Jesus accomplished the following, his blood for gives the sins of all who believe and repents. [Math. 26:28- “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins”. His blood opens the way for believers to come directly before God thru him.]

Heb.4:16-“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” [his blood is a guarantee of all the promises of the new covenant. His blood will purify. Forgiveness is based on Jesus’ death on the cross.

Jesus is the Lamb provided by God to be sacrificed in the place of sinners. By his death Jesus made provisions for the removal of the power of sin and opened the way to God for all in the world.

Now I said all of this to show why Jesus had to die. There will be churches all over the world Sunday talking about the resurrection of Christ. I also believe as they do about a resurrection but before there is a resurrection there had to be a cross, a death and some shedding of blood which is no pretty thing.

Jesus’ death begin before Calvary, the physical and spiritual death began at Gethsemane. What I am fixing to tell you about now is not going to be a pretty story. There can never be nothing pretty in death and the cross.

I heard on the radio where some churches are asking their people to bring flowers to put on the cross they will have at their church. The death and crucifixion of Jesus was nothing pretty.

Math. 26: 37-39- Talks about he begins to be sorrowful.

37And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.

38Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

39And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

Luke.-22:44- 44And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.{“His sweat was as it were great drops of blood.” They say under great stress the small capillaries in the sweat glands can burst and mix blood with sweat.}

Mat.26:39- Where Jesus is praying “ Let this cup pass from me” 39And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. {Jesus was not praying to be delivered from physical death. He was praying to be delivered from the punishment of separation from God which is the ultimate penalty of sin. Jesus prayed that his physical death might be accepted as full payment for the sins of all.}

“ Nevertheless not as I will but as tho wilt.” [here is where Jesus committed himself to undergo both physical pain and spiritual separation from God in order that we might have salvation thro his blood.]

Mat.-26:67- 67Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands,Jesus is blind folded, mocked repeal, spat on, struck in the face.

Mat.27:26-Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. Scronging was the worst torture of the Romans soldiers. A whip used as a means of punishment. The whip used for this type of punishment consisted of a handle to which one or more leather cords or throngs were attached. These cords were knotted or weighed with pieces of bone to make the whip more effective as a flesh cutting instrument. The blows were laid on the victims back by two men, one lashing from one side, one from the other side. This resulted in the flesh being cut to such an extent that veins, arteries, sometimes inner organs were exposed. I know you are wondering how I know this because I have read it in books, Go to the library and check out a book on Nero and see for yourselves.

Isa.-55:5-Refers to the scouring of Jesus-[ “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities.”

Jesus was crucified because we all have sinned and are guilty before God. As our substitute, he took the punishment due us and paid the penalty for our sins. He paid a debt that we owed. Jesus endured his suffering for us patiently and voluntary.

Mat.-27:31-speaks of how the Romans soldiers mocked him and strike him giving him vinegar mixed with gall. 31And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

Mat.-27:31-39- 31And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

32And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.

33And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull,

34They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink.

35And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

36And sitting down they watched him there;

37And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

38Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.

39And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,

The heavy beam of the cross is tied to the shoulder of Jesus he begins the slow journey to Golgotha the weight of the sins of the world together with physical exhaustion causes him to fall. Simon is compelled to bear his cross. Are you ? At Golgotha nails or large pieces of iron are driven threw his hands and feet. He is then lifted on the cross to die. Talking about the suffering and pain and the agony of all the sins of the world how was Jesus able to do this? “ Not my will but thine will be done.”

Math.-27:46= 46And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? {These words mark the end of Jesus suffering for a lost world. His cry, “ My God, My God, why has tho forsaken me,” testifies that he experiences separation from God as the sinners substitute. Here the sorrow, grief and pain are at their worst him who knew no sin God makes to be sin for us. He dies forsaken that we might never be forsaken.

Mat.-27:50- 50Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. {Jesus utters his final words with a loud voice “ IT IS FINISHED.” this cry signifies the end of his suffering and the completion of the work of redemption. The debt for our sins had been paid in full and the plan of salvation established.}

It was the will of God that his son be sent to die on the cross for a lost world. Because of Jesus’ death on the cross a great inheritance has been released to God’s people. Any gospel that does not preach the cross of Jesus and its demand for repentance, baptism in Jesus name, infilling of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in another tongue and separation of sin living a holy life is doomed to failure. All such efforts will be void of the presence of God and his spirit.

There will be churches everywhere this Sunday singing Kneel at the Cross Christ will meet you there. Would you do it for him ? The cross is empty would you endure the suffering and pain and agony of being forsaken by God? Would you endure the humiliation that he endured for us?

Thru it all I can see the love in Jesus’ eyes [ Father forgive them they know not what they do.] that love stills remain.

It wasn’t the end when the last nail was driven, it wasn’t the end as the spear pierced his side. It wasn’t the end as he said “ It is Finished.” it was only the beginning the day that Jesus was crucified.

SEE the Cross was not a pretty thing. My last question you say you will do anything for him. Would you take up your cross and follow him knowing where it leads? AMEN

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Published by Tweety134

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