Monthly Archives: March 2013

THE CRUCIFIED CHRIST

The crucifixion of Christ was one of the cruelest acts of history, but from that evil act has come tremendous good. Christ crucified is one of the greatest revealer of God’s truth in the universe.

The crucified Christ reveals the reality of sin. For those who cannot see the consequences of sin in the lives of others, look at Christ on the cross. See that brow pierced by long cruel thorns. Sin did that. See those hands and feet pierced by huge nails. Sin did that. See the body of Christ twisting in agony and pain for hours that seemed to have no end. Sin did that. It was not Christ’s sin that caused Him such suffering and pain. It was our sins, yours, and mine. Upon the cross at Calvary, Christ took upon Himself the sins of the world. Sin brought suffering and death to God’s Son, Jesus Christ, and if it brought suffering and death to Him, it will most certainly bring it to us.

Along with the reality of sin, the crucified Christ reveals the love and mercy of God. It is easy to talk about love and sacrifice, but at the cross, God demonstrated His love in a way everyone could see. Jesus taught, “God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). At the cross, it was more than a teaching that was given. God gave His Son.

Jesus spoke of the great power of attraction possessed by the cross: “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32).

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People For the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life.  drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net, www.people-for-the-Christian-way.org

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FALLEN BUT NOT FINISHED

“A little later someone else saw him and said, ‘You also are one of them.’ ‘Man, I am not!’ Peter replied” (Luke 22:58).

Peter is the best known of all the disciples. We are drawn to him because of his humanness. He was like us. He made mistakes. He tried hard, but often failed. In spite of his failing, we can learn from him.

Peter’s greatest asset was his love for Christ. When Christ called him, he immediately left his nets and followed. When Jesus asked the question, “Who do you say I am?” the crowd guessed wildly, but Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

When Christ spoke of many denying Him in the days ahead, Peter said he would never deny Him. In spite of his protest, Christ told Peter he would deny Him three times. This prophecy was fulfilled when Christ was put on trial. Peter watched in a crowd of on-lookers. Three times they asked if he was a follower of Christ, and three times Peter said, “No.”

Like Peter, many of us have denied Christ and fallen. However, we need to follow Peter’s example—he did not let his fall become his finish. When he realized what he had done, he fled to a lonely spot where he repented of his denial and God forgave him.

He continued his ministry for Christ. His fall was not his finish. He lived many long and fruitful years after his fall. During his continuing ministry, he worked miracles, healed the sick, preached the Gospel to thousands, and helped start many first-century churches.

Herein is a great lesson for us:  We should never let our fall be our finish. God can, and will, use us yet.

©2013 Robert G. Wilkerson

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People For the Christian Way, an advocacy organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life.  drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net, http://www.people-for-the-christian-way.org