Category Archives: Ther Cross

God’s Goodness, Inspite Of Human Unrighteousness.

For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken by their God, the Lord Almighty, though their land is full of guilt before the Holy One of Israel. (Jeremiah 51:5)

Why is God saying this? Remember that Judah and Israel suffered the chastening hand of the Lord for backslidding and being unfaithful to their God. Yet God is faithful, when even his people are “Unfaithful” and act faithless toward him.

if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

2 Timothy 2:13 –

God’s grace, mercy and kindness are not about us, our merit, our great attributes or fine standing, but rather His. We already see in Romans 3:23 it says

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23)

Sin is not just us doing the wrong things we should not, but it is also failure to be who we ought. Therefore, if any of us has come into a relationship with God and tasted his goodness, it is simply because he is good and shows mercy.

We on the other hand are not by nature what God desires and this is why Jesus Christ died for us to offer a sacrifice worthy to pay for not just sins we have commited, but the sin that makes us into sinners by mode of opperendae. We have a way of doing things that displeases God, a way about us. We need not look any further then certain concepts we all know well: Example: Many ask, “Why is it so easy to take for grantid those who love us most yet try to impress those who treat us the worst” or “Why do we do the irrational and unkind things we do. Why do we treat those closest to us worse then those who we do not even know?” – it is because we are flawed sinners by default and we do this to others in our faithless dealings but we also do this to God- a God who still loved sinners enough to send Jesus Christ to save.

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Carrying The Crosses

I was thinking of a movie this morning I saw long ago, “Holes” but at the end of it, a man had been wrongly sent off to a prison work camp in it on unfair charges- he met this other kid there and through strange plot and turn of events has to carry his friend up a mountain. His friend was too weak to make the climb and so he carried his friend up the mountain. There was some curse through the generations linked back and it was finally put to rest when he carried the friend of his up the slopes. The friend has ancestors (a great grandmother or something who knew the kid who was unfairly sent away- the great grandfather of his, did something that got his family line cursed as a result so their ancestors had that story tying them together. Yer through the story plot the kid who was unfairly sentenced and the other kid ended up in the same prison camp and crossed paths – they became friends: nearing the end of the story the one got sick and needed help so to look for water they were going around the desert when the kid who was their unfairly remembers how the curse was a result of failure to carry the old woman up the mountain, yet her great grandson is the friend he is with and he takes it on himself to fulfill his families end of the bargain that had been broken years earlier. He carried his friend to the top and the generational curse is put to rest.]

However, I think of what Christ does for is, we are under the curse of sin, passesd down from generation to generation and we cannot break free of it!

The Bible talks alot about the “Sins of the forefathers being passed on” and this is what we inherit as a result of sin entering the world from the very beginning.

Well, Jesus before he was crucified was made to carry that heavy roman cross up toward the top of the mount, to the place called “Galgotha” the place of the skull, to be crucified. Bleeding, battered and exhausted, the Son of God carried his cross to atone for the sins that were not his fault or doing. He finally put to rest through his death and resurection from the dead, the curse of sin and power death has over the sinner. He makes it possible through faith in Him to be at peace with God, totally accepted and forgiven. Now why was this so important to Him? If God had no love for sinners he would not have condescended to help them out of their mess. He could have said, “Your not my problem, why should you backslidden rebels be my burden to bear?” But he does not see that way at all—

“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:2-3 –

Jesus love- his love for the reprehensible, the unworthy, the broken and helpless. His death was entirely selfless really, he gets less from us in this deal then we do from him. After all even Christians cannot by great obedience, doing good, or all the service we collectively give back after- all of that is not needed to God but he desires our love and loyalty in return, not to complete him- but because he has done more for us then we could ever give back in a thousand lifetimes.

God requires our allegiance to Christ- yet he is not dependent on anything human hands could give him. Yet imagine it this way, like a man who just for some reason of his own, delights in a woman and desires her and wins her heart/ not because he needs her complete him, but he desires to pour his love into her and cherish her, and as a result of her realizing how much he loves her, she is inclined to adore and admire him and be with him.

God designed marriage as an object lesson to demonstrate this hard to grasp spiritual truth. A man may be asked, “Why did you fall in love with your wife and pursue her heart like you did?” He may respond, “I just thought she was the loveliest woman I ever laid eyes on and delighted in her.” Did she earn this? No. Did she have to jump through hoops to catch his eye? No. He set his eyes on her, pursued her and she fell for him I suppose we could say. Her desire to be “Desirable” was met by his hunger to “Pursue”

However, we are not in our sins “Desirable” in our own merit, yet the love of the Lord Jesus still “Desired” because of his nature and love not becomes we made ourselves appealing.


Ever notice that although the rose is a magnificent flower, it has thorns. Do not just stop loving someone because of first appearances or impressions, because often times the lowly people and poor of this world are great people. God loved us enough to see past our thorns as well. Our thorns of sin, baggage and rebellion. You know what, Jesus still died for all of us despite our thorns, he wore the crown of thorns as he was nailed to a cross for every sin you and I committed. Why? because he saw our worth and didn’t treat us the way our sins deserved. Now let us extend grace to others.


Lest The Cross Of Christ Be Emptied Of Power.
(1 Corinthians 1:17) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel–not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Beautifully stated, the Apostle Paul pens those powerful words. How often is it the temptation for a Christian to rely on air tight theological arguments to persuade the lost soul to trust Christ, however, the gospel in itself is “The power of God” to transform lives. Although there is a time and place for deep theological discourse, we must though not trust our words or human ingenuity to persuade any one.

When David faced Goliath, Saul tried to equip David with his sword and armor. David refused, it only got in the way of David being able to move well. All he needed to defeat the giant was his sling, a stone, and his faith in Almighty God and Goliath went down.

All we need really is to present the simple message: “God loves you so he came as Christ to die for all the sins you have committed against him and others. He paid it all so you can be made brand new and live a life pleasing to him in His mighty power and strength. If you believe this and genuinely want this, you will be saved. Doesn’t matter what you have done, nor your history or background is because God will save all who put their trust in His only Son Jesus Christ.”

For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,-Romans 10:12

View Everyone Through the Lens of The Cross.

Always treat everyone you meet as someone Christ hung on the cross for, whether your friends, family, people you meet at the grocery store, or people who sit next to you at work. Whether they love you or hate you, Christ died for their sins and loves them. God’s heart is that all who come to Christ can be forgiven and restored to God. He did this for you and he did it for me,

Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,
Acts 2:21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

God loved you friend just as much before you were saved as he does now that you are saved. “God demonstrates his own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us” Romans 5:8 –If this were not true than why on earth would he die for those he did not love? John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whomsoever will believe in him will not perish but have eternal life. — and if you don’t yet know God, it is in His heart to pursue you and seek you out wherever you are at, You do nothing to initiate this but God looks down and sees the worth he put on your life and sees it as redeemable no matter what you have done or who you are in the present. God loves you where your at and demostrates through his own son’s death he wants you. He will not force this on anyone, however whoever does accept this and take it to heart can be completely saved, forgiven totally, and given a new nature.

The Gospel preached is powerful, but the Gospel demonstrated is even more so. It is ultimately the kindness and love of God that draws men and women to the truth, and when we exercise God’s love as we should it can be that bridge that can reach even the most hostile of unbelievers. Always try to reach their hearts when you cannot persuade their intellect.

God’s Solution

Man’s solution to sin in the world is politics, God’s solution is Christ on the cross. Laws can restrain evil but the cross can crucify it.

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Romans 8:3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, 4 in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.


The Gospel is not just something we as Christians preach to people. It’s more than that. The Gospel is something we must also invest in people. Relationships are very important when done the right way, since people are relational beings we must be just as willing to walk with them as we do talk to them in our pursuit to share the love and truth of Jesus.

The Power in Christ, Not Politics.

If Jesus was running for President he would most definantely not be a Democrat or Republican, He would be part of the “God’s Word Party” and the “I am Lord of your life party” and the “Every belief and opinion of your life must match my Word” party. At the end of the day, the ultimate and perfect political system will be under Christ’s reign in His millennial kingdom. No war, no famine, no hunger, crime, sin, pollution, terrorism, or anything of that sort. We invest so much in things to try to make this world better, but this “world and it’s desires will pass away, but the one who does the will of God will live forever” 1 John 2:17— Indeed as Christian’s we should try to be salt and light and spread the news of God’s love and truth but let us remember, the World is not our home but is under the control of the evil one for the time. We can’t save what is already doomed, but we can invest in souls who are far more precious. We must pray for people, share the good news with people, and share Christ’s love whether well received or not.

Many people are disillusioned with the way things are, and I will say, rightly so. Cause no government or President or politician can do what only THE KING can.

Revelations 21:He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

If your tired of politics and endless problems that have no solutions, then there is good news for all who humbly submit in this life to Christ’s kingship. He has the perfect kingdom and a better country for all those who put there faith and trust in him! Humans fail, no matter how close or who they are, and that is why it says:

Jeremiah 17:5 “This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD. …

Although we should always vote for the most God honoring candidates, we should not put our trust in flesh and blood to fix the world’s sin problem. Trust Christ to be the ultimate solution for broken humanity.