Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Passion of the Christ

Act 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

I thought I'd take a break from the Armor of God this week, and focus on the cross. Yesterday, we commemorated the death of our Lord on the Cross, and tomorrow, we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord from the dead!

Luke, in his 2nd book to Theophilis, writes that Christ showed himself alive after his passion with many infallible proofs. It is an historical fact that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, burried and arose from the dead. Paul said in 1 Corithians 15 that over 500 saw Him at one time. He was on earth 40 days after his resurrection and many saw Him. Today, Christ is alive! He's alive and well, and He is coming again!

But notice that word, passion again. It is an interesting word in the Greek, which the New Testament was originally written in. It means, "to suffer in place of." Christ suffered in place of us. As the hymn writer puts it,

"He took my sins and my sorrows.
He made them His very own.
He bore my burden to Calvary,
And suffered and died alone.

How Marvelous! How Wonderful!
And my song shall ever be!
How Marvelous! How Wonderful!
Is my Savior's love for me!"

The true reason for this season isn't bunnies and toys and candy, although all of that is fun. THE REAL REASON IS JESUS! He took our sins upon Himself, and in Him, they were nailed to the cross. Jesus died in our place, and offers us eternal life in exchange for His death. If you do not know Him as your personal Savior and Lord, trust Jesus today! Repent of Your sins, and trust His sacrifice and shed blood to take them away! Confess Him as Savior and Lord today!

Jesus really cares for you!

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