Don’t leave Jesus hanging on the Cross


Galatians 3:13 establishes that our redemption from the curse of the law came with a curse on Jesus Christ for it is written, “Cursed is every one who hangs on a tree (Cross).” Isaiah 53:4-6 calls out seven instances of how Jesus Christ on the Cross is our Substitute.
1. He bore our griefs
2. He carried our sorrows
3. He was wounded for our transgressions
4. He was bruised for our iniquities
5. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him
6.With His stripes we are healed; and
7. Our iniquity has been laid on Him.

Points to ponder:
Jesus Christ on the Cross is OUR Substitute. But what is of crucial importance is to trust in Jesus, so that He can substitute the “self” within us, with himself. We must not leave Jesus hanging on the Cross! Is Jesus your Substitute?

Galatians 3:13 (KJV)
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

Isaiah 53:4-6 (KJV)
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
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.
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

God repents – It is Enough cause It is Finished


Did you know that even God repents? He does not repent in the same manner as we do, because He is sinless, blameless, pure and Holy, but he repents when he has to chastise us for our sinfulness. 1 Chronicles 21 records the incident of how David was enticed by satan to do the evil of numbering his people, which was an expression of his own abilities, and not his dependence on God. So God sent forth an angel and seventy thousand men were killed. God’s disciplining arm was actually an expression of his justice. But when God’s judgment fell on his people for the sin of David, God said, “It is Enough”, which was an expression of his forgiveness and love. In this account we see the just and loving nature of God.

Points to ponder:
God prefers our repentance over his retribution; our confession over his chastisement. The chastisement that brought peace to mankind from the wrath of God was on Jesus Christ (Isaiah 53:5) and Jesus finished the work of redeeming and reconciling mankind to God, by paying with his life. When God sees the sacrifice of his son, Jesus Christ, he can say, “It is Enough” because Jesus said, “It is Finished.”

Before the throne of God above, I have a strong and perfect plea
A great high priest whose name is Love, who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on his hands, My name is written in his heart
and while I know in heaven, he stands, no tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair, and tells me of the guilt within, 
upward I look, and see him there, who made an end of all my sin.
Because a sinless savior died, my guilty soul is counted free
for God the just is satisfied, to look on Jesus and pardon me. 

1 Chronicles 21:15 (KJV)
15 And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD stood by the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.

The CROSS examination :: Place of Sentence


The CROSS on which Jesus Christ was nailed is the place where divine sentence which was given as a punishment against mankind, was carried out. The Bible states that a divine sentence is in the lips of the king; his mouth transgresseth not in judgment (Proverbs 16:10). The wages of man’s sin is death; which is the sentence that a Holy and Just God had to give (Romans 6:23). The Cross was where this divine sentence was carried out, but instead of us (malefactors and enemies of God), it was God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who paid the penalty of our sin, with His life.

Let us cross examine ourselves and be thankful to Jesus Christ, because of whom, we do not need to be where we should have been; on the Cross, carrying out the sentence of God.

Isaiah 53:3-6 (KJV)
3
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5
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.
6
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.