Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Cross of War and Peace...

"He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; "by his wounds you have been healed." 1 Peter 2:24 (NIV)

As the Easter season and Passover come to a close today, let us reflect on the purpose of Christ's journey to Calvary. The Cross is the quintessential symbol of Christianity but often we forget or misunderstand the significance of Jesus' selfless sacrifice. The act of giving His life on the Cross was as much an act of compassion as it was an act of war.

In His compassion, Christ allowed himself to be crucified in order to redeem mankind who had sinned and fallen from God's grace and to give us an eternal hope. Isaiah 53:5 (NIV) says, "But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." Jesus paid the price for all our sins because he loves us so much and wants us to be at peace. There is, therefore, no reason for us to be depressed or stressed when Jesus paid for all our sins and encourages us to cast our cares on Him (Ps. 55:22) and leave our worries at the Cross.

On the other hand, Jesus' crucifixion was the ultimate battle against evil as He fulfilled the promise of Genesis 3:15 and bruised the head of the serpent. So, on the cross, Jesus fought against the seed of the serpent which refers to all the lies and distortion of God's Word that takes place today and that took place in the encounter in the Garden of  Eden. The original encounter between mankind and the serpent and many of the ideologies in popular culture today are aimed at moving mankind away from God's truth.

Because of the blood Jesus shed on the Cross, we have victory over physical and mental illnesses and power against all evil and demonic sources. Jesus' trip to the cross was to wage war against all that is evil, comes against the word of God or tries to separate us from Him, in order for us to have peace - peace in the knowledge that He cares for us and is always working things out for our good.

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