The Redemptive Cross

It’s amazing how so many people approach the cross of Christ and then leave essentially unchanged, except for a heightened sense of personal morality. Jesus didn’t shed His blood so we could feel better about ourselves. He died so we could receive His death; the unrivaled cure for our disease of Sin. The only way we can bring honor to the sacrifice Christ made for us is to die to the decrepit idea that we can produce goodness alone. All our efforts to be morally correct and charitably driven will find us empty-handed before Him. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’” (Matt. 7:22,23) Paul told us in Galatians that the law of Christ is to bear one another’s burdens—yet how many people walk away from the redemptive cross puffed up with principles of moral refinement rather than emptied out vessels for His Spirit to fill? The Church is Christ’s redeemed Bride, not a creation of men. The gifts of the Spirit are given in different and varied areas according to the wisdom of God, not according to what is impressive or needful in this world. If the meaning of success is that we all end up cookie-cutter clones of one another, and that a set of rules, not personal relationship, is the outcome of believing in God, than Phariseeism is alive and well; Wash the outside of your cup, never allow your principles to be altered, tithe your “mint and dill”—and crucify the Lord of Glory.

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