the Christ was crucified on a cross for us all. He hung
there in unthinkable pain for six hours while His earthly life
slowly drained away. Because of this act, for our sake,
Christians often wear or display a cross. Not that the
cross itself has power, but that it is a reminder of the
sacrifice that God in His wisdom and mercy gave for us all. He
only Son that none need perish. Thus, He died for our
sins on the cross.
"He Himself bore our sins in His
body on the tree." 1 Peter
Some people say Jesus displayed His
humanity, His fearfulness, in the Garden of Gethsemane when He
asked God to remove the cup from Him, and He sweat blood.
Instead, I find fear to be the antithesis of Christ,
as-a-matter-of-fact, so should it be to the Christian in
general. Jesus walked in faith, and so should we.
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The Cross of Christ
Robbie L. Rogers
truly is a symbol of our Christian walk of faith. It does not
symbolize death, but rather Eternal Life with Him. We wear
a cross for many reasons, each according to his own. Many pray
simple prayers as they place it on themselves, thanking God that
He saw fit to save them from the ravages of sin. Therefore
the cross is at the center of our Christian faith. Not
because of what it was but because of what it means to us.
We are now His adopted children, fellow heirs to the throne with
Jesus Christ, granted eternal life with Him.
Christians, we are constantly bothered by our feeble attempts at ridding
ourselves of our self-FLESH attitudes, wherein fear abides.
however, confronted such fear in what I call the "Five
Agonies" concerning the cross. 1) He anguished over leaving
the ones He grew so much in love with, His followers, and the earth of
which is His destiny to rule over someday. 2) He did not want to
suffer the pain and death, yet, He was willing to do according to Gods
will. 3) He did not want to become separated from God, His
Father; it would apparently be the first and last time ever in all
eternity for Him to do so. 4) He who knew no sin was caused to
take upon the drudgery, the entire weight of the whole sins of the
world, all that was ever done or to be done; not just what was, but what
will be, the whole of it, the true agony. 5) Then He withstood
the scourge of death and hells fury, something no man previously ever
lived through and came back from; the eternal flame of damnation.
We identify as best we can to
Christs sacrifice, by accepting the daily persecution the world often
inflicts upon us; thus, our prayer life also should identify with
Oswald Chambers puts it: "Never tolerate the idea of MARTYRDOM
about the Cross of Jesus Christ. The Cross was instead a superb
triumph in which the foundations of hell were shaken. There is
nothing more certain in time or eternity than what Jesus Christ
did on the Cross. He switched the whole of the human race back
into right relationship with God. He made redemption the basis
of human life, that is, He made a way for every son-of-man to
get into communion with God. The Cross did not just happen on
Jesus way to glory. He came on purpose for it. He is "the
Lamb of God that was slain for the creation of the world."
The whole meaning of the Incarnation is the Cross. The Cross is
the gateway whereby any individual of the human race can enter
into union with God. When we get to the Cross, we do not go
through it; we abide in the life to which the Cross is the
Jesus did nothing but what the Father taught Him.
He was in continual communication with God, giving us, "the Lords Prayer," as an outline of how we
should pray; we should treasure it, learning from Christ's example to do
the same, accepting that Jesus died for our sins upon the cross
that we may live with Him.
We are taught to pray for wisdom, or answers to questions we seek. But Jesus
idea of prayer was not to "get from God," though
often we end up spending much of our time with God on such "gimme"
prayers. The true object of our prayers should be, to obtain perfect
oneness with God. If we only pray asking questions or raising up petitions
then we miss the boat. We are not here to prove that God answers prayers, whether they be miracle or not. Instead we are here to be monuments of
His grace and do His will.
God did not seek out Adam and Eve to get marching orders for the day. He
sought them out for companionship, the same as it was and is with Jesus, and
should be with us.
"In that day you will ask in My name; and I do not say that I
will request the Father on your behalf; for the father Himself loves you,
because you have loved Me, and believed that I came forth from the Father."
God has companionship with us because we love Christ. And, because we love
Him we emulate Him. If you identify with Him as best you can and desire to be
like minded as Him, then let Him have His way, keeping in perfect union with
God... perfect communion with Him without ceasing. Never let your flesh have its
way, say, "get behind me Satan."
Does your constant prayer include, "I must be about my Fathers
business."? Is the Son of God truly living in you? Or, do you
only seek prayer without ceasing only when things go wrong, looking for quick
and absolute answers. As a child of God you should be wanting to do ONLY His
bidding, realizing that all things come from His hands. Or, to put it simply, is
the eternal Christ child in you living out His loving grace in your home...
your place in the vineyards... your business... your circle of
must often seek answers from God and even do so.
However, we should make those decisions in fearful trembling. Not in fear from
God, but in fear that we might establish our flesh as a governing body instead
The minute we stop operating in prayer without ceasing, whatever the reason
may be, we are in danger of walking out from Gods covering. When your prayers
seem unanswered, or certain things happen that cause you concern, always seek
the reason, for most likely hidden therein lies a deep instruction from God... because
He loved us to send the very best... Christ.
Thus, the Cross remains even today, simply a symbol of the pure act
that Jesus obediently chose. Have you pondered the Cross and Jesus
agony...for you? Have you pondered the sure death and eternal
life in hells fury that your loved ones who do not know Christ will
be part of, the agony of it. Have you wept as Jesus wept at the thought
of it all. You too should feel agony for your loved ones, just as Jesus
did. The day is not too late... or is it? I have just come from
the hospital to see and pray over such a loved one. It happens so
suddenly... then they are gone.
Are you ready? Are they ready? Have you done your part
to speak the truth? Pray that they, those whom you love, may too find
the truth in the agony and triumph of the Cross.
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