Why the Cross?

Easter is the celebration of life, forgiveness, and second, third and fourth chances. It is a time of remembering or discovering how much God loves you.

If you don’t hear anything else, I want you to know this one thing; God loves you!

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” -Jesus

To fully grasp the significance of Easter, we need the backstory on what led to the cross and the empty tomb. This requires us to go back to the very beginning when God created the world.

We learn in Genesis 1 and 2 that God created everything for mankind’s pleasure, with one exception. God planted two distinct trees, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They represented free will.

People without a free-will are captives. And even at the risk that His creation would not choose Him, God still gives us a choice.

In everything that God created, there was perfect harmony. God’s plan for man and woman was to live together in peace with each other, with God and all that was created. That is until sin entered the picture.

Sin is the antithesis of God’s will.

One day Adam and Eve were faced with a choice. They choose to disobey God and that had a ripple effect on every aspect of life.

Sin opened the portal to death, and destroyed the peace and harmony that existed in obedience to God. Death and unrest were never part of God’s plan.

The truth about sin is that it starts small and grows into something big. In Genesis 4, the next recorded sin is murder.

Everyone born subsequent is born with a sinful nature, Romans 5. The immediate effects of Adam and Eve’s sin caused them to be removed from the garden of Eden, which represented God’s presence.

Sin creates a barrier between God and us.

That barrier keeps us from desiring God and knowing God. Repeated sinning causes us to become comfortable to that wall that we stop seeing it.

At home, have you noticed how easy it is to overlook a toilet that runs or a sink that drips or patchwork that needs to be completed?

The more you pass by and do nothing, the easier it is to live with it. We become so content with it that we no longer see it.

That’s what sin does to us. It leads us to a place where we no longer see the problem or recognize our separation from God.

Sin erodes our sensibilities and obscures our judgment. If sin is not dealt with, it will lead to death, Romans 6:23.

  • Self help is not the answer.
  • Self-improvement alone, won’t fix the problem.

These only deal with the effects of sin but not the root of sin.

The debt of sin requires a sacrifice.

Only by the sacrifice of one life can the life of a sinner be forgiven. This is why 2000 years ago, Jesus came to earth and lived among us.

He was no ordinary man. His life verified He was different than the rest of creation. We have more documented proof that Jesus walked the earth than any other historical figure.

Easter celebrates and remembers the resurrection as Jesus’ sacrifice satisfied the payment for our debt of sin. 1 John boldly declares that His act covered everyone’s sin, past, present, and future.

Jesus didn’t die so you could have religion; He died so you could have a relationship with Him.

Because of the cross and Jesus’ resurrection, our sin debt is erased and we gain the power to live free from the control of sin.

“If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans 8:11

When you accept Jesus’ gift of salvation and follow Him, you are made the temple of the Holy Spirit. That makes it possible for you to live free!

Just as Adam and Eve had a choice, God gives us a choice to choose Him or to reject Him. “Today is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2

Jesus hasn’t come to take life but to give life. All you need to do is pray this simple prayer to begin a relationship with God.

Dear Jesus, Thank you for loving me

And for showing me the truth

Today I ask for your forgiveness, because I have sinned

Today I accept your gift of salvation, And I make you the King of my life

Teach me how to live for you

In Jesus name, Amen

If you prayed that prayer, the Bible says you’re a new creation! Would you send me an email at mike@camilpitas.org so we can connect about what’s next!

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