40 Days of Prayer.
I am so thankful that you have chosen to join us on this journey. Over the next 40 days we are going to be looking at God’s Word and letting it guide our prayer. We believe that God has big things in store for SBC. God is going to use these next 40 days to challenge us and lead us to be a more faithful church. I hope that you will be prayerful and pray for big things!
Read: Acts 16
Today is Good Friday. Today we look to the cross of Christ. Though it is a time of mourning, that the worst thing happened to the best man, it is a time for us to be thankful. The cross of Christ represents so much more than simply Jesus death. I want to help you see a few things that the cross represents. I want you to see that the cross is so much more than Jesus death, but Jesus doing much more.
1. Perfect Obedience. Jesus ultimate mission was to do the work of His Father. John 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.” The cross was Christ living out the mission that He was called to live out. The cross was the final step of His perfect obedience to God.
2. Absorb the wrath of God. When we think of the cross we often like to think of forgiveness of sins. The truth of the matter is that your sins are not simply forgiven, they are paid for. Because of our rebellion against God we deserve death, we deserve the wrath of God, but the cross of Christ is Jesus taking that wrath upon Himself. Romans 3:25 “whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.”
3. To Give Eternal Life. You know that famous passage in the Gospel of John. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” That is what the cross accomplishes for you and me. That we are given eternal life. That life doesn’t start after your death, that life is yours already for those who trust in Christ.
Let us not simply look over this wonderful day. The day that the curtain was torn. The day that Christ gave His life as a ransom for many. Won’t you join me in praising Him for your salvation?