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Who Cares About Christ Crucified?

March 28, 2012

Who Cares  About Christ Crucified?

Many of today’s  preachers  preach about  all sorts of things,  but the apostle Paul  had this to say  about the true message  from God  in 1 Corinthians 1:22-24,

For indeed  Jews ask  for signs,  and Greeks  search for wisdom;  but we preach  Christ crucified,  to Jews a stumbling block,  and to Gentiles  foolishness,  but  to those  who are the called,  both Jews and Greeks,  Christ  the power  of God  and the wisdom of God.

What’s the big deal about preaching  “Christ crucified“?     Nobody really cares about that any more.     It’s much more fun to watch the kids hunt for Easter eggs,  have Easter egg rolls,  and see the kids in their cute Easter clothes.

While everyone’s enthralled  with the Easter Bunny,  God has a poignant  picture story  for all of us.

The story of  “Christ crucified”  has many Old Testament prophecies  pointing to it.     One story is embedded in the history of Israel  being set free  from slavery  in Egypt,  as told in Exodus 12:1-51.     It tells about  the very first Passover.     The Israelites  were to take an unblemished,  one-year-old lamb  and put its blood  on the doorposts and lintel  of their house.     Everyone had to stay inside  and eat that roasted lamb  while the LORD  went over all the houses  throughout Egypt  and killed the firstborn son  in every household  that did not have  the blood  of the lamb  distinguishing it  from other households.

All those  who trusted  and followed God’s instructions  were safe  from death.     The unblemished lamb’s blood  covering the door  to their house  was the sign  that they were  to be saved.     And,  they were saved.     That is the picture  we must remember.

We are all sinners  deserving of death — eternal death.     But,  when we trust God’s word to us  and follow His instructions  to put our faith  in the blood  of  “Christ crucified“,  then Jesus’ blood covers  and protects us  from eternal death.     We are truly  totally forgiven  of all our sins.     Jesus is  that sacrificial lamb  of God  who  protects us.     So, 1 Peter 1:18-19  tells us,

You were not redeemed  with perishable things  like silver  or gold  from your futile  way of life  inherited  from your forefathers,  but with the precious blood,  as of a lamb unblemished  and spotless,  the blood of Christ.

We also hear John the Baptist say about Jesus  in John 1:29,

Behold,  the Lamb of God  who takes away  the sin  of the world!

We can even read in Revelation 17:14  about the powers of evil  fighting this Lamb,

These will wage war  against the Lamb,  and the Lamb  will overcome them,  because  He is Lord of lords  and King of kings,  and those who are with Him  are the called  and chosen  and faithful.

So, what should we think of this  “Christ crucified“?     His shed blood protects us.     He alone  “takes away  the sin  of the world!”     If we arrogantly choose  to not trust  in God’s word,  we will die eternally.     If we side in  with Jesus  through faith,  we become  “the called  and chosen  and faithful“,  who receive eternal life.     This  “Christ crucified”  redeems us — i.e.  He buys us from  our  “futile way  of life  inherited  from your forefathers“,  with all its consequences.

We have nothing to lose — and everything to gain — by putting  our faith in Jesus.     That should be all the reason we need for caring about  “Christ crucified“.     May our resurrection day celebration  be filled with the joys  of knowing  how dearly beloved we are  in God’s sight.     Then we can say,  “Hallelujah!     Lamb of God,  Your blood  cleanses us from all sin  and gives us  eternal life!”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods

Pray for our country

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The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father has compassion on his children,

So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,  but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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