Category Archives: Cross of Christ

Meet the citizens of heaven

It might surprise some to meet the true citizens of heaven. Many religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said of them,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. ….You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are” (Matthew 23:14-15). Jesus said to these religious leaders, “religious leaders “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus said,  “You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. …Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you” (Matthew 21:31). Continue reading

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The unexpected glory of the cross

It’s hard to travel 100 miles in any direction in the world today without encountering the symbol of the cross.

The cross was first an instrument of torture and death reserved for traitors and violent criminals.

How strange it is that such a symbol can be found everywhere in the world as a form of art, jewelry and architecture. There is something incredulously astonishing about this reality!
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Two reasons for emphasizing the birth of Christ

“The crucial significance of the cradle at Bethlehem lies in its place in the sequence of steps down that led the Son of God to the cross of Calvary” (J.I. Packer). Continue reading

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Boasting in the Cross?

A first century person would have been incredulous about placing a picture of a cross on anything. There was no greater symbol of death and utter humiliation than to hang helplessly on a cross! Being hung on a cross would have been considered a waste of life. Continue reading

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Inexplicable mercy

How could God have any adequate reason for offering mercy to sinners like me? I cry out “God be merciful to me the sinner” but I know that there is nothing in me that deserves mercy. Continue reading

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Celebrate the Resurrected Judge!

The most important court appointment has already been made. It is an appointment to the highest judiciary seat possible and it covers the entire human race. Continue reading

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Who killed Jesus?

Scripture presents a number of participants in the death of Jesus. The historically accurate answer to the question of who put Christ to death is ….
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