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The Importance Of The Cross

We attend church service on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but do we truly know The Importance Of The Cross?

What is the meaning of Easter?

Easter is when Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again on the 3rd day.  That’s probably how a lot of believers would sum it up, but it means so much more. 

Let me tell you what Easter means to me.  This is one of the times when I reflect on what Jesus did for me.  I think about the crown of thorns that was put on His head that pierced through His flesh for my peace of mind.  I think about the whipping that He took on his back for my sickness, pain, health.

I think about the nails that they put in His hands and his feet.  I think about His blood that was shed for me to wash away my sins. I also think about the 3rd day…what we call Resurrection Sunday!  That is when Jesus defeated death.  The Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead.  Jesus went to hell, and He made a public show of satan.  He took the keys of death, hell, and the grave!  Because Jesus lives I too will live forever!

Why did Jesus die for me?

Romans 4:25 NLT He was handed over to die because of our sins, and He was raised to life to make us right with God.

Galatians 3:13 NLT But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law.  When He was hung on the cross, He took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing.  For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”

Jesus died to take away our sins and to reconcile us back to God.  God was willing to give His only begotten Son so that we could be part of the family of God.  Jesus became the sacrificial lamb for us so that once and for all He shed His blood for all sins.  No need for us to sacrifice an actual lamb because Jesus was that lamb. John 1:29 NLT Then next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

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Purpose of the resurrection

John 11:25-26 NLT Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.  Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never die.”    Because of the resurrection, we know that Jesus conquered death, and when the rapture takes place the Bible says that the dead in Christ will rise first.  Because of the resurrection, we will live forever. It doesn’t matter what life brings…the resurrection gives us hope for the future. 

It also shows us the power of the Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead.  Romans 8:11 NLT The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you.  And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies by the same Spirit living within you.  You have the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead inside of you! That means that you have the power to overcome anything that satan sends your way.  Remember that through your daily life, we don’t have to put up with any of satan’s mess, we have the power to overcome the works of the devil.

Bible verses about Jesus dying on the cross

John 3:16 NLT

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

Isaiah 53:5 NLT

But He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins, He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.

John 10:17-18 NLT

“The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. No one can take my life from me.  I sacrifice it voluntarily.  For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again.  For this is what my Father has commanded.”

John 19:30 NLT

When Jesus had tasted it, He said, “It is finished?” Then He bowed his head and gave up His Spirit.

Acts 2:24 NLT

But God released Him from the horrors of death and raised Him back to life, for death could not keep Him in its grip.

2Corinthians 5:21 NLT

For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

John 11:25 NLT

Jesus told her. “I am the resurrection and the life.  Anyone who believes in me will life, even after dying.”

Significance of the blood of Jesus

The blood of Jesus

We all know about the blood, we are aware of the crucifixion and how Jesus shed his blood for us.  But do we know the significance of the blood of Jesus? Have we been applying it to our everyday lives?

Cleanses us from sin

Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood so that we could have forgiveness of sin.  Ephesians 1:7 NLT He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins.

Once we become a believer and we repent of our sins we are forgiven!  We are not condemned for our past sins, the Bible says that God remembers them no more.  So keep that in mind when satan tries to bring up your past that you have already confessed to the Lord and have been forgiven!  You can rebuke Him and say that your past is under the blood!

Healing

Jesus took the stripes on this back for our sickness, our pain, and our health.  Isaiah 53:5 NLT But He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.  He was beaten so we could be made whole.  He was whipped so we could be healed.  Each of those stripes that He took on His back was for our healing. Emotional and physical sickness…fear, torment, disease, even a cold.  Accept His healing for everything, not just the big things.  Exercise your faith that even the common cold has no business in your body because Jesus took the stripes for all sicknesses.  He also took it for our overall health.  We don’t have to be sick to thank Jesus for the stripes that He took.  We can thank Him for the stripes that He took that enabled us to have a healthy life that is free from sickness.

Protection

I’m not sure how many realize that the blood of Jesus protects us.  Every day, I speak the blood of Jesus over my children, my husband, my family, and myself, my house, my car….  That is the only protection that I am absolutely confident in.  Exodus 12:13 NLT But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign marking the houses where you are staying.  When I see the blood, I will pass over you.  This plague of death will not touch you.  Israel had the blood on the door and the plague of death could not touch them. 

Imagine that for yourself, you have the blood of Jesus!  Use it, apply it to your life.  Use it in all situations speak the blood of Jesus over yourself when you wake up, when you go to sleep, during the day…at all times.  The Blood still works, it still protects.

Power/Deliverance

With the blood of Jesus, we have power over satan.  Revelation 12:11 NLT And they defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony.  When Jesus shed His blood on the cross the victory was won over sin, as He took our place.

The enemy was already defeated at that time and he is still defeated.  Speak the blood of Jesus against satan, He can’t stand against the blood. I tell him, “satan the blood of Jesus is against you.”  He is powerless against the blood of Jesus.  We are victorious through the shed blood of Jesus Christ!

The Importance Of The Cross

I began by asking the question…do we truly know The Importance Of The Cross?  I hope that I have brought some clarity and revealed how important the cross is.  Without Jesus’ death and resurrection, there would be no forgiveness of sin.  1Corinthians 15:14-17 NLT And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.  And we apostles would all be lying about God for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave.  But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead.  And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised.  And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins.

Praise the Lord that we don’t have to imagine a life without the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. We can live a victorious and prosperous life knowing that our sins are forgiven and that we are on our way to Heaven! John 10:10 KJV The Thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

 

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Prayer

Heavenly Father help me to always remember the importance of the cross and to apply the blood of Jesus to my life.  I thank you for sending Jesus to die for me so that I could have eternal life.  Thank you for being a wonderful and loving Father.

Prayer For Salvation

If you are not a believer and you want to receive forgiveness for your sins or if you were a believer and you strayed away from God, repeat this prayer.

Dear Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive me of my sin. Wash me and cleanse me. Set me free. Jesus, thank You that You died for me. I believe that You have risen from the dead and that You’re coming back again for me. Fill me with the Holy Spirit. Give me a passion for the lost, a hunger for the things of God, and a holy boldness to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m saved; I’m born again, I’m forgiven and I’m on my way to Heaven because I have Jesus in my heart. Amen.

Congratulations you are saved! Now that you have accepted Jesus into your heart, find a Bible-believing church and attend regularly, so that you can grow in your knowledge and faith in God. Pray daily, read the Bible, go to church, and tell someone that you accepted Jesus into your heart.  Please email me at nichole@rosemariesheart.com and let me know so that I can pray for you.

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