Have you ever thought about what life would have been without the sacrifice the Lord Jesus gave on the cross? we are saved, salvation is ours because of the blood of Jesus. Salvation is not something that starts only when you die, it begins here on earth. I can’t begin to count how many times I had sinned against the Lord and my fellow humans, as well as how many times I’ve had to ask the Lord for forgiveness. The forgiveness and washing away of our sins is only possible because of the blood that Jesus shed on that cross
The thing is; Not only have we been redeemed by the blood of Jesus on the Cross, we can learn a lot from it too!
Love: Jesus came to demonstrate the love of God for mankind. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that who so ever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Also, John 13:1 tells us how the Lord loved those with Him until the end “Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus know that His hour has come that He should depart from this world unto the father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end.”
So, our first assignments as Christians is to LOVE!
Forgiveness: The cross signifies forgiveness brought about by the shedding of the blood. The blood of Jesus washes away our sins, His blood makes us new creations. It is the blood that redeems us from hell (eternal death) that we might have a well-fulfilled life in Christ Jesus. So, When the Father looks at you, He isn’t seeing your imperfections, instead, He sees the righteousness of Christ in you. While on the cross Jesus prayed for those who crucified Him in Luke 23:34, “Father forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted His raiment and cast lots.
Some might say, I am a good person, I do only the right things, so I will have eternal life. Well, Isaiah 64:6 reminds us that “we are all as unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities like the wind have taken us away.” This shows that good works alone don’t count with God. What counts is accepting Jesus into your life and establishing a relationship with God. Think about it, if your good works could save you, then Jesus wouldn’t have come to die for you to be saved.
Humility: God who is our Lord, bore our sins and gave himself to be punished instead of us, now the only thing we need to do is acknowledge that he did this for us, and accept the gift of salvation which he has given to us. It is only by this acceptance that we are able to submit ourselves to Gods will, and by so doing, transformation takes place, because by the washing of His blood, our old life, the one we used to live when we were still of the world, that scarlet sin, is washed away and we become one with Christ, joint-heirs with Him in God’s Kingdom. This is demonstrated in John 13: 8 “peter saith unto him, thou shall never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part in me”
The washing of the feet also symbolises humility and service. How much have you been of service to God and your fellow brethren? Are you someone that magnifies other people’s fault, instead of seeking out ways to make them better? Are you that kind of leader or pastor that expects to be served by everyone else? You love your feet been washed by others, but you do not care to do likewise to the people God has placed under your care. If this is you, look to the cross today.
Surrender: Do you remember when the Lord Jesus was at the mount of Gethsemane? He became exceedingly sorrowful at what was to come. Mathew 26:39 accounts “and He went a little further, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, o My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” It got me thinking; the Lord knows and says all things are possible with God, but in this instant, His sorrow was so overwhelming that He asked for something that wasn’t in line with Gods will. And because He sensed in His spirit that that cup was meant to be drunk at His hand, He was unsure if the Father will grant His request, but then when all was been said, He surrendered to the Father’s Will. He made the fathers will His will, in complete obedience, He went to the cross for you and me.
Isaiah 53:7 says “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth. He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.”
I don’t know what is holding you back from surrendering your life and affairs completely to God. Perhaps the Lord is leading you towards a certain direction, and that doesn’t seem like where you would like to go, because the road is rough and bumpy. You’d rather stay where you are at or undertake some other assignment. Why not surrender today? Surrender that sin that easily begets you, surrender your dreams and hopes, surrender that struggle, let Jesus carry it all for you.
Trust: The Lord Jesus trusted the Father. He trusted that on the 3rd day, He will raise Him up from the grave by the power of the holy spirit. Jesus wasn’t thinking; what if I don’t get to rise up? what if something goes wrong? Even until the very end, He trusted the father. Jesus said in Luke 23: 46 “Father into Thy hands I commend My Spirit; and having said thus, He gave up the ghost.”
I pray that you will search deep on your inside and ask this questions “How has the sacrifice of the Lord on the cross changed your life?” let us be grateful and thankful for the cross, endeavouring to get on the right side with God.