But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive with Christ (by grace you have been saved.) Ephesians 2:4-5 (NKJV)
I never downplay the cross. Jesus’ sacrifice was terrible and yet so unfortunately necessary. But too many Christians camp at the cross when the cross is for the sinner, not the saint. It is for those who do not know Jesus—those who are still trapped in the eternal consequences of their sin.
After you have made the decision to give your life to Jesus, you do not need to spend your time at the cross looking for forgiveness. Jesus died on the cross so that you could move on from it. As soon as you decide to follow Him, you are completely forgiven. According to Ephesians 2:4-7, you have been raised up with Christ. You are not left on the cross to suffer the consequences of your sin. Jesus took all of that punishment for you.
I don’t wear crosses with Jesus on them. He is no longer on the cross; He has risen. He is not hanging around the empty tomb either! He is enthroned at the right hand of the Father in power and authority, and “raised us up together and made us sit together in the heavenly places with Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6, NKJV).
One of the problems with Christianity today is that we mistake being humble for thinking that we are nothing, helpless and powerless. We have the wrong picture. You are destined to rule and reign. You are more than a conqueror. You have authority in all three realms— physical, mental and spiritual—and it is all because of Jesus.
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