Many accept Jesus as the Miracle Worker, Healer and a great example for mankind but few accept the Crucified Christ. It is the offense of the finished work on the Cross of Jesus that causes the division between sinners and saints. Many have attempted to skip over the Cross of Christ and land squarely in the middle of the resurrected life. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ was dependent on the complete and finished work on the Cross of Jesus Christ. The Resurrection was not dependent on a battle in hell in which Jesus won but on God giving us the one and only acceptable sacrifice to pay the sin debt owed to Him because of Adam’s fall. ” Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His Cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:14-15.
As wonderful and perfect as Jesus’ life and ministry was, it was His Sacrifice, Jesus’ finished work on the Cross (not the wooden beam but what He accomplished there) that reconciled us to God, the Father. It is because of our reconciliation with God that we are given eternal life THROUGH Jesus…no other way. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6.
It is Jesus Christ and Him Crucified that causes us to choose repentance or rebellion. Repentance is choosing the life Jesus died for, which would involve us turning away from sin and turning to Him to break the bondages of sin. Rebellion, in some cases, is turning to Jesus, the Miracle Worker, Healer and great example but not turning from sin…this is another Jesus. If the Gospel of Jesus Christ you are sitting under doesn’t involve repentance of sin…it is another Jesus, repent. “For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” 2 Cor. 11:4.
Upon our Salvation we are set apart by the Holy Spirit. We are set apart from evil to holiness, we are set apart from satan to God. “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,” Ephesians 1:13. All of this happens because of the Cross of Jesus and what His finished work accomplished. The full Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified will cause the sinner and the saint to choose and not compromise, calling both to repentance of sin or to rebellion of the Cross, the choice is ours.
We can’t bypass the Cross of Jesus Christ. “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.” Romans 6:5-7. Many of us have been trying to live the resurrected life without the resurrection power. Praise God for His longsuffering. The Lord WANTS us to have the resurrected life He came to give us, the problem is some of us were carried away by smooth talking, seducing spirits. We followed the masses and were deceived by man made motivational methods that saw no victory. It is not too late. Jesus Christ is the Miracle Worker, Healer and our great Physician. God is looking to the Sacrifice, Jesus Christ, for those who are reconciled to Him…where are you? Are you at your “feasts”, are you attempting to deliver yourself from sin, busy breaking soul ties and family curses after Salvation? Do you need to go back to the Cross of Jesus? He is standing at the door… – Donna Warren.