BLESSED BEYOND CURSE (PART 7A) – HE IS RISEN!
The greatest evil inheritance that God himself confronted is death and his prescription was his Son Jesus Christ who had to die on the cross. The cross is not only the greatest display of God’s love; it is also the greatest display of his grace. The mercy side of God overlooks sin while the truth side of God judges sin. The ways of God are mercy and truth. If you know only the mercy side of God, then you don’t truly know God. That is the problem of the easy believists today. They tend to overemphasize the mercy side of God and downplay the truth side. The truth side of God hates and judges sin. This is no longer being emphasized and the resultant effect of this lack of emphasis is that the Church started producing carnal Christians. These easy believists present grace as a licence to live anyhow after confessing the Lordship of Jesus. Nothing can be farther from the truth than that. God has not changed. If God had to judge sin to the point of sending his Son to die for our sins, then you should know that whoever is teaching you to lower the standard of God in holiness, in righteousness and wisdom does not really love you.
It is important for us to return to the cross, the cross is the way – the crucified way is the way to glory. The story is told of a little boy who missed his way and was taken to the police station. When asked if he knew the address of his home, he said, ‘take me to the cross and I will find my way home’. This is because there was a Church with a very big cross very close to his house and was what guided them to his home.
Matt. 27:62, “Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, after three days, I will rise again. Command therefore the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.” They acknowledged that they were in error to have crucified the Son of God but there was no repentance. This is very common, a situation where someone will confess that one was in error but with no remorse, no repentance. Repentance is not genuine until you have turned away completely from what you did. The Pharisees and chief priests were the religious leaders, they realized their error but there was no repentance, instead, they tried to cover their error so that the second error will not be worse than the first in the eyes of man.
PRAY:- Heavenly father I worship you. Thank you so much for showing me the greatest love in sending your SON to die on the CROSS for me. I celebrate His finished work on the cross and proclaim that through HIS death, burial and resurrection, all my sins are forgiven, my name is written in the book of life and I have access to all the covenant rights, blessings and privileges. Thank you Jesus I belong to you forever. Amen.
TO BE CONTINUED.