POWER OF THE CROSS.
The power the church holds today has its source on the cross of Jesus and his empty grave. That’s why today we have crosses all over the world to represent its power. What makes the cross so powerful?
|Pastor Josephat Gwajima|
"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." Matthew 16:24
"And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross." Matthew 27:32
"If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him." Matthew 27:42
"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world." Galatians 6:14
"And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby." Ephesians 2:16
What makes the cross of Jesus Christ so important?
When you talk of christianity there are three main things involved:
1. Power of the blood of Jesus
2. Empty grave (power of resurrection)
3. The words Jesus spoke on the cross
The blood of Jesus is what gives us authority over satan and his demons, power to rebuke and cast them out of our lives. Moreover, the empty grave of Jesus is an assurance that there is life after death for human beings. We christians do not go for pilgrimages because unlike other denominations whose initiators died and still have their bones in their tombs; Jesus rose from the dead and his tomb is totally empty.
On the cross when Jesus was about to die he gave only seven final statements. Normally, even today a man on his deathbed no matter how foolish he will give his final words and usually these are very important and sensible. So, let's see what Jesus' final words were and what their value is. But why did Jesus say only seven statements? Why not ten or a hundred?
These are some few other scriptures where the number seven keeps recurring:
"And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made." Genesis 2:2
"Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female." Genesis 7:2
"For yet seven days, and i will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that i have made will i destroy from off the face of the earth." Genesis 7:4
"And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat." Genesis 8:4
"And Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves" Genesis 21:28
What is it with the number seven that it keeps recurring in the bible?
Number seven is a declaration of completion and fullness. Thus the cross of Jesus stands to complete everything in our lives from our health to our ministries. It is only the cross of Jesus that can complete a person.
So, on the cross Jesus gave his seven final statements which were:
1."And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? Which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Mark 15:34
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"But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5
Jesus was rejected so that through the cross he was rejected you and i can be accepted by the father.
2. "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."
Jesus forgave his torturers while enduring unspeakable pain. Naturally, people would tell you they need to heal from the pains inflicted on them so they can forgive those who hurt them. But the cross of Jesus offers us strength to forgive amidst our pain. There are people who are dead today; some are suffering from incurable diseases like heart failures simply because they cannot forgive. Most of the breakthroughs people are looking for in life today are hidden in forgiveness. Even God himself forgives before healing. It is important to be able to forgive so that you can be forgiven too by your father in heaven. When you are unable to forgive you pave way to some demons that will dwell in you causing all kinds of misery including diseases.
3."Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise."
Jesus said these words to one of the thieves who believed him at the cross. Jesus did not say probably or may be but surely today we will be together in paradise. The cross gives assurance on every promise God has given for our lives. It is the assurance that heaven exists and is our birth right as the children of God.
"In my father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you."John 14:2
4. "Behold thy son! Behold thy mother!" John 19:26-27
It is amazing how even during his last moments he was making peace between people, his mother and favorite disciple. The cross is a source of peace; peace between families, between enemies even between religious groups and nations at large. Jesus stood as the bridge to make peace between God the father and human beings. He is the only true way to heaven. No church or denomination serves as the bridge to heaven only Jesus is, through his cross.
5."Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit." Luke 23:46
This tells us it is possible to commend your spirit to some hands, may be God's or the devil's hand. The cross is a safe place to commend our spirits; there we can be sure our spirits will be on God's hands safely. It is the place where neither the devil nor his demons can reach you; it is way above their reach. Today most people have their spirits into the hands of the devil's agents knowingly and most unknowingly where the devil enslaves them as he pleases. Seek to have your spirit commended into the hands of our heavenly father today through the cross of Jesus Christ.
6."I thirst."John 19:28
Knowing you only have a few minutes to live, why would one thirst for water? Was Jesus thirst for water? If not, what was the nature of his thirst? And to whom was he addressing his thirst? He was telling not his torturers of his thirst but God, the father. That despite the pain I am enduring now I still thirst to do your will. The cross is the source of our thirst to serve God in all earnest. It is at the cross where we find our thirst to seek God and bring millions to Jesus, thirst to pray, praise, heal.
7. "It is finished!" John 19:30
After all was done and said Jesus shouted it is finished and then bowed his head and gave up his spirit. The devil rejoiced thinking that Jesus had accepted defeat. Jesus was not murdered; he gave his life so he could have it back. The more they beat and tortured Jesus the more our lives were being released part by part. At the cross, Jesus looked back at our lives and saw that he had made way for freedom on every human aspect and that every scripture written about him was fulfilled. This was the point he shouted it is finished; unlike the devil's definition he meant all was well and done in the world in God's glory. Right after he said it was finished a series of events followed:
a) The world went dark. The cross of Jesus Christ is a cross of events.
b) Rocks were rent. The cross of Jesus Christ breaks rocks. There are rocks in your life today; probably your boss is one such rock. Introduce them to the cross of Jesus and break them
c)Graves were opened. The cross has power to open the graves. That's why on every christian’s grave today there is a cross, this is to hope that one day these people will be resurrected by the power of the cross. This is where the power of resurrection lies.
d) The earth was quaked. The cross has power to shake the world mightily. Only the kingdom of God is unshakable. All other kingdoms will be shaken and uprooted.
e) Women wept for Jesus as a sign for their thirst for him.
f) The veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. This was a sign of direct access to God; that everyone was granted permission to pray directly to God and not through priests.
g) Over his head an address was placed. This denotes the fact the cross gives you the address to your destination.
h) The head of the crucifixion after seeing these entire he declared "Truly, this was the son of God!"
i) When they pierced his sides forthwith came there out blood and water. It is a biological fact that the plasma which is watery and a component of human blood, is separated from the blood only when one is dead. So the overflow of water and blood is prove beyond doubt that at the cross Jesus died.
The three days before Jesus' resurrection Jesus was somewhere in this world. He went down to the dwellings of the devil; stepped on him and put him in his place beneath his feet. But above all he got the keys to Hades.
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