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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 revelation 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).

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WHERE IS YOUR SECURITY?

                                                                  Joshua 1:5

“Where is your security?” asked the Sunday morning discussion leader. There was a brief silence, and then some of the people began to share their beliefs. Their answers were as different as they were. “My family and I were very poor when I was a child,” one woman said. “My security is in getting a check regularly and having a little money in the bank.” “Having enough food and shelter to keep me out of a homeless shelter,” said one. “For me, it’s in having friends and a community,” said an older woman. “For me, it’s being strong and in good health,” said a middle-aged man.

We all need to be sure that what we trust for security will not fail us. There is no security in money. It can be lost. It can be taken from us, and we certainly can’t take it with us when we die.

While loving relatives, friends, and communities are wonderful while they exist, they are constantly changing. People change, communities change, and dear relatives and friends die, leaving us alone.

If we have good health and strength, we need to use them and enjoy them. Good health and strength can be lost in a day. If we live long enough, we will lose both and die. That is the way with us human beings.

However, there is one source of real security for all of us. That source is a person, not a thing. Jesus has promised to be with us in the good times and bad, in poverty and wealth, in sickness or health, even in death and dying. Once we put our faith and trust in him, he promises he will never leave us or forsake us (Joshua 1:5).

The hymn writer (Edward Monte, 1797-1871) expressed it well when he wrote:
                                             “On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
                                             All other ground is sinking sand,
                                             All other ground is sinking sand.”

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, http://www.peopleforthechristianway.com

 

 

My Friend Jesus—Part III

 

“You are my friend if you do what I command” (John 15:16).

Not long ago, I ran into a Christian friend I hadn’t seen in six months. I knew he had been off work for several weeks. When I asked him how he had been doing, there was a great out-pouring of information and pain that lasted over an hour. He had several physical disorders, back trouble, and ulcers among them. However, the thing that hurt him the most was his family’s condition. His children had strayed far from God and their sinful lifestyles were bothering him terribly, and tearing his home apart. He explained how they had gone to church and Sunday School since they were small, and he couldn’t understand where he and his wife had gone wrong in raising them.

I listened and tried to reassure him as best I could, though the best thing I assured him of was that I would pray for him. Someone has said, “God had one son who was without sin, but he has never had any without trouble.” Trouble comes to us all. It is no respecter of persons. However, the old hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” tells us how best to deal with it. It tells us never let our troubles discourage us, but take them to the Lord in prayer. If we want to avoid despair and discouragement, we must take our troubles to God.

We must learn to lean on Jesus. God’s word tells us “Cast all your cares upon the Lord because He cares for you” (I Peter 5:7).

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, http://www.peopleforthechristianway.com

 

The Guilty Set Free

“He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder . . .” (Luke 23:25).

He turned his back on the judge and began walking out of court. As he walked past the guards, his pace grew faster and faster, then he broke into a run. As he ran, he thought to himself, “I have to get out of here fast! They let me go! I have to disappear before they change their minds!” I imagine that thoughts like those were running through Barrabas’ mind when the authorities set him free.

Barrabas was a terrorist and a murderer. He had been tried for murder, found guilty, and sentenced to death. Roman custom dictated that one guilty person of the Jews choosing, could be set free each year. When the judge asked the crowd which one they wanted set free, Jesus or Barrabas, they repeatedly shouted, “Give us Barrabas! Give us Barrabas!”

The judge was forced to let a guilty man go, and by doing so condemned an innocent one (Jesus). Barrabas was the guilty one, but Jesus took his place.

Like Barrabas, many of us stand condemned. The Word of God condemns us as do the Spirit of God, and our own minds that whisper disturbing things to us. Barrabas’ freedom was paid for by the suffering and death of Jesus. Like him, we can be set free because Christ died for us. He took our place. Has he set you free?

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, http://www.people-for-the-christian-way.org

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

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