This morning I had the pleasure of leading the communion service at our church. The Lord had been challenging me recently about the centrality of the cross and I shared several thoughts with our people on that topic.
Here is an A-Z listing of a number of things that transpired when Christ took our place at the cross, securing our redemption:
A – His AGONY & ANGUISH provided for our ATONEMENT
B – His BLOOD, His BRUISING and His BROKENNESS provided BLESSING and eternal BENEFITS
C – His CRUCIFIXION brought CLEANSING and a CLEAR CONSCIENCE
D – His DEATH gave us DELIVERANCE
E – His EXCRUCIATING death gave us ETERNAL life
F – Through the FOOLISHNESS of the cross we received FORGIVENESS & FAVOUR with the FATHER.
G – His GRIEF brought us GLORY. Our GUILT was replaced by His GRACE
H – His HANDS gave us HOPE and HEAVEN
I – His INFINITE loss became our INDESCRIBABLE gain
J – Instead of being JUDGED we were JUSTIFIED
K – He was KILLED but I became a child of the KING through His death
L – His LOVE gave us LIFE
M – His MARRING (Isaiah 52:14) brought us MERCY (Mercy there was great and grace was free)
N – His NAILS brought us NIGH and made us NEAR to God
“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13)
“Near, so very near to God, Nearer I cannot be; for in the Person of His Son, I am as near as He!”
O – His ORDEAL gave me OVERCOMING power
P – His PAIN provided PROPITIATION, PARDON & PEACE
Q – His QUEST to do His Father’s will led to my QUICKENING (new life)
R – His REJECTION led to REDEMPTION, RECONCILIATION, REST & RIGHTEOUSNESS
S – His SUFFERING, SHAME & SUBSTITUTIONARY SACRIFICE provided SALVATION & SECURITY
T – His THORNS lead to TRIUMPH
U – His UNDYING commitment to His Father brought us into UNION with the Godhead
V – His seeming VANQUISHING defeat turned into VICTORY
W – His WOUNDS led to our WORSHIP. Instead of God’s WRATH we became WORTHY in and through Him.
Here's your homework! Let me know what to use for XYZ. Thanks and remember to thank Him for the cross!