The Beautiful Cross of Christ

Crucifixion of Jesus on a two-beamed cross, from the Sainte Bible (1866)

We have received an amazing gift; words do not begin to describe it, yet I try.

We all sin, we do things wrong. We don’t treat others right, we don’t do things we know that we should. We have anger towards others, and it is not gone in a day. These things and so many more are sins.

You may think that your sins are not as bad as that guy down the street…he is really something. I’ve got news for you, God sees us all the same way. Whatever sins you and I have committed, doesn’t matter. You see, it only takes one sin…just one to incur the penalty for sinning. That penalty is death, not physical death although that will happen…I mean spiritual death, separation from God.

We were (or if you don’t know Christ are) God’s enemies because we sinned. But even though we disobeyed God and were His enemies, He made a way out for us. We sinned; we caused the problem through our own actions. The Lord in His gracious mercy gave us a way out.

Jesus who was God in the flesh, died on the cross, you see that was the solution to the problem WE caused! Think about it…we caused the problem by disobeying God, and He in effect took away our death sentence by dying for us…that should have been you and me on that cross.

Jesus Christ, a sinless, perfect, beautiful, loving, caring, human being…who was also God. This God/man…chose not to avail Himself of His vast power as God. Instead He came here and lived life as a man, a very special man, but a man nonetheless.

Christ chose to suffer the same things that we do in life, He did not have to. He chose to suffer through the pain on the cross, He didn’t have to.

He chose to die, no one could have killed Him…He was and is God.

Crucifixion is one of the most, if not THE most painful, horrible ways there is to die. The scourging done before hand often left a person half dead already. Scourging was a severe beating with strips of leather attached to a pole of some kind, the leather strips also had items in them that ripped into the skin and muscle and did horrific damage.

Jesus, in love, suffered this for me, and for you…that we may have life, because He suffered and died. Yes Christ rose from the dead never to die again…but let us not ever forget that He did die, He did suffer actual separation from the Father. Jesus also had to take all the sins of the world upon Himself, and suffer for them.

What A God, what a love for us!
Who are we that we are to be loved so deeply?
Who are we that God Himself steps down from heaven, and pays for all our sins?

We are God’s children…that’s who we are.

The following is a beautiful song by Jonny Diaz called, Beauty of the Cross

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES9lK1NEy9s&feature=related


At the cross I find the beauty
Of Your matchless grace
At the cross I see a King
Who died to take my place

It’s the moment that
You made me clean
And pardoned my soul

Amazing grace that I would be allowed
Unto Your throne
Not by my own will
But solely by Your will alone

I’m unworthy of this love
You have shown to me
I see my desperate need

The beauty of the cross is that
There’s One who has redeemed my soul
Beauty of the cross is that I’m finally free and letting go
Beauty of the cross is that Your grace has found me just as I am

Not by my own works
That I may boast or I may come
But simply through Your son
The sinless and exalted one

Only through the cross that
I’m made clean to draw near to
You Draw near to You, draw near to You

Saved so that
You would receive
All glory due Your name
Everlasting God from age to age
You never change

A true love story
Remains for all eternity
That all the world would see

The beauty of the cross is that
There’s One who has redeemed my soul
Beauty of the cross is that I’m finally free and letting go
Beauty of the cross is that Your grace has found me just as I am

My sinful soul could only be
Redeemed by the blood of a sinless King
So you came to the world that You had made
Conquered sin on the cross and You rose from the grave

The beauty of the cross is that
There’s One who has redeemed my soul
Beauty of the cross is that I’m finally free and letting go
Beauty of the cross is that Your grace has found me just as I am

The beauty of the cross is that
There’s One who has redeemed my soul
Beauty of the cross is that I’m finally free and letting go
Beauty of the cross is that Your grace has found me just as I am

Yeah, just as I am

That’s the beauty of the cross

 

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A prodigal for many years, I eventually found my way back to Jesus through several difficult trials. I write with the hope that I can bless others who have struggled as I have. I seek through Christ to present the truth, and lead others to the cross of Calvary. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. There is no other. In 2014 Greg Holt founded The Olive Branch Report, a premier Christian news service. Please visit Greg Holt on the web: Inspirational Christian Blogs, The Olive Branch Report & The Heavens Declare His Glory
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11 Responses to The Beautiful Cross of Christ

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  3. granbee says:

    Oh, Greg, you have me on my knees “Just as I am” in reading this post! What an awesome God is our God!

  4. mtsweat says:

    Reblogged this on Resting in His Grace and commented:

    At the Cross… at the Cross, where I first saw the Light! A wonderful message by Greg!

  5. mtsweat says:

    Amen, Greg! What a Savior! All the horrific details of His brutal beatings and the agony of the cross was all on our behalf! What we cannot comprehend is the worst of His suffering. He endured all the wrath of His Father for my and your sins… for the sins of the world! He was punished and suffered and died at the hands of men, but the righteous and holy anger of God, His Father ended in separation. “My God, My God! Why have You forsaken Me?!” With all we know and understand, we can’t grasp what was happening then, but it was much, much, much worse than we know! I kneel in awe at a God who would do this for me. Because I know me. I spent the majority of my days striving to feed the desires of my flesh, never seeing the debt I owed… the debt I couldn’t pay! Praise His Holy Name! He opened my eyes that I may see. His grace is amazing! Jesus is Lord! Let His name be lifted above all names! Thanks for sharing good friend… what an encouraging message.

    • writinggomer says:

      “I spent the majority of my days striving to feed the desires of my flesh, never seeing the debt I owed… the debt I couldn’t pay!”

      That was me, off and running doing my own thing, not caring about much other then myself and a few other people. Certainly I did not care what was going on with God, and how much He did for me. I know I am forgiven for that, but it still really bothers me what I did to Him…and in His grace, He was right there waiting when I was ready to come back.
      Our amazing God…Praise His Name!!!

      Thanks for the comment and the reblog, I appreciate it! :)
      Blessings to you and TC.
      Greg

  6. ptl2010 says:

    Jesus, keep me near that “beautiful” cross, there a healing fountain.
    Yes healing that
    – comes from our acceptance of forgveness of sins as the penalty was paid for by Jesus’ own blood,
    – from the stripes He bore just preceding His crucifiction, we can be healed of our diseases
    – His burden is light as He helps us carry our crosses daily, offering ourselves as living sacrifies to God, following His example so many years ago.

    Praise God for the cross at which He poured forth pure love intermingled with His blood.

  7. The beauty of the cross can only be seen by one who has accepted the ugliness and brutality of the cross – by one who has accepted the Christ of the cross: the One who bore our own sins in His own perfect, sinless body and bore the wrath of God in punishment for those (our) sins.

    Beauty? Yes! Wonder? Yes! Amazing? Absolutely!

    What an exchange! He TOOK my sin and GAVE me His righteousness!
    Amazing grace!

    What an amazing God!

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