My Cross

14 08 2011

Our death on the Cross – We died with Christ on the Cross

Most Christians know that Jesus died on the cross. Not many know that Christ’s crucifixion was also our crucifixion. Our death!!!!!

It takes Christ’s death to bring life to us. Many people do not know that they have died with Christ, and because of this, struggle letting go of their “old life” and old sin.

This “old person”, is dealt with at the Cross. Christ’s death becomes the death of our “old man”. (satanic nature, sin nature, old man, old person etc). When Christ died we were “in Him”. Ephesians 1:4 He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world!!!!!
Christ’s death was the death of our sinful DNA. Christ’s death was the death of the “old life”. The cross took care of our past with all of its failures.

Rom 6:3-17 KJV (3) Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? (4) Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (5) For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: (6) 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. (7) For he that is dead is freed from sin. (8) Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: (9) Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. (10) For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. (11) Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (12) Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. (13) Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (14) For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (15) What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. (16) Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (17) But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

We need to “reckon” ourselves dead! We need to see and understand that our “old self” has died. We must grasp this truth.

2Co 5:14 MKJV For the love of Christ constrains us, judging this, that if one died for all, then all died; ….

Gal 2:19-20 MKJV For through the Law I died to the law, that I might live to God. (20) I have been crucified with Christ, and I live; yet no longer I, but Christ lives in me. ….

Rom 8:10-11 MKJV And if Christ is in you, indeed the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. (11) But if the Spirit of the One who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the One who raised up Christ from the dead shall also make your mortal bodies alive by His Spirit who dwells in you.

Christ’s death on the cross is the death of “old life”

Rom 7:6 MKJV But now we having been set free from the Law, having died to that in which we were held, …..

But you may be asking, I wasn’t there with Jesus when He died?? Oh yes you were. We will see in a moment how you were in Him, there on the cross……

The Cross made it possible for God to birth His bona fide children.  Because of the Cross, the Father was able to rebirth humans as His bonafide children. He could put Christ into a believing sinner and bring forth a new creation. This was His plan from the beginning. Now the time to complete the plan had arrived.

Gal 4:6-7 KJV And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. (7) Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Joh 1:12-13 KJV But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (13) Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

1Jn 3:9 MKJV Everyone who has been born of God does not commit sin, because His seed remains in him, and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

The Cross made the “in Christ” position possible. Because we died with Christ on the the Cross, God could replace or exchange our old life with His Life Christ. He places His Life, which is in His Son Christ, into us. We have life in us, this life is Christ.

Gal 2:20 MKJV I have been crucified with Christ, and I live; yet no longer I, but Christ lives in me. And that life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith toward the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself on my behalf.

Col 3:4 MKJV When Christ our Life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

The only salvation there is, is in the Person of Christ. He is salvation. He is life.  Christ has paid the price for everything a believer needs at the Cross. God doesn’t fix up your old life, and turn you from a sinner into a saint. God very simply does away with your old life and places a BRAND new life IN US, Christ in us.

Rom 5:10 MKJV For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

2Co 4:10-11 KJV Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. (11) For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

God kills our old life and we are placed “in Him”. There can be no new life until the old life is taken care of. We don’t kill our old life, God does: How are we put in Him? Here is the answer……..

Rom 6:4 KJV Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

When we receive Jesus Christ, we are baptized “into Him”. This is where the miracle takes place. This is where we partake of Christ’s Cross and death. His Calvary becomes our Calvary.

1Co 12:13 KJV For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

What body are we baptized into? Christ’s body!!! Through the baptism of the Holy Spirit

Gal 3:27 KJV For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Spiritual circumcision because we a spiritual people.

Col 2:11 KJV In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

We are resurrected with Christ and are seated with Him

Rom 6:4-5 MKJV Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father; even so we also should walk in newness of life. (5) For if we have been joined together in the likeness of His death, we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection;

Col 3:1 MKJV If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God.

Why is the cross hated?

Religion loves the law. They love it because there is a lot of self-effort on human part to keep them. It is a part of the sin nature that makes us feel good when we do something good or legal. It makes you feel saved by self-effort. Those that do this don’t need the cross. Religion tells us that we must do things on top of what Jesus did at the Cross to be saved. Like tithes etc. Anything that “improves man” or makes him “a better person” or “righteous” apart from the finished work of Jesus on the cross makes the cross on none effect. If anyone adds to the complete work of the cross, they are enemies because “their” salvation depends on human effort. They have become their own saviour!!! Jesus is their all in all.

Col 2:13-14 MKJV And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, (14) blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross.

There is an analogy between the Law and Grace. Law was the woman’s husband until he died. Now she is free to serve her new husband Christ.

Rom 7:1-4 KJV Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? (2) For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. (3) So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. (4) Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

What benefits do I get through the cross besides forgiveness?

1. The cross gives us a 2nd existence and a second chance, a new beginning:

So many people in the world, wish nothing more than to start life anew!!!! The awesome thing is that God has offered this to us in Christ.
Rom 6:4 KJV Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father,  even  so we also should walk in newness of life.

2. The cross dealt with our sinful past:

2Co 5:17 KJV Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Php 3:13-14 KJV Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, (14) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Nothing can be added to the Cross – if we try and add something, we become enemies of the cross
I want to say here that nothing a man can do will “persuade or influence” God to accept him. Man’s effort does not give salvation of any kind. Modern religion focuses on what man can do to improve himself, instead of the fact of what God has done through Jesus Christ on the Cross. This is called “self righteousness”.
We must be careful not to fall into the trap of self-righteousness. Or to focus on what man needs to do in order to be in right standing with God.

Isa 64:6 KJV But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; ……

If we think that we can add to the finished work of Jesus on the cross, we are enemies of the cross.

Php 3:17-18 MKJV Brothers, be imitators together of me, and mark those who walk this way, for you have us for a pattern. (18) (For many are walking, of whom I have told you often and now tell you even weeping, as the enemies of the cross of Christ;

Because we are placed in Christ through the work of the cross, we are righteous because of Christ. Righteousness is a person, Christ.

1Co 1:30 KJV But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, ……

We stand before God righteous. How? Through the cross.

The Cross reveals what God thinks of sin as He pours out His wrath on His dear Son Jesus. He brings all the judgement He has against Adam’s original sin of disobedience as well as all the sin in the entire Adamic race.  God’s grace is so sufficient and is based completely on the finished work of the Cross of Calvary.
John 19: (28) After this, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, I thirst. (29) Then a vessel full of vinegar was set. And they filled a sponge with sour wine and put it upon hyssop, and put it to His mouth. (30) Then when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is finished! And He bowed His head and gave up the spirit.

When we see how Christ suffered, blood coming out of the wounds on His back, a thorn pierced brow and a spear pierced side, we are reminded of our sin. Christ took our punishment on the cross. Anyone who attempt by human effort to make the human a better person are enemies of the cross.

In Closing: The sad thing is that many Christians have never seen themselves on the Cross. Paul said this:

Gal 6:14 MKJV But may it never be for me to boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world.

When you look at the Cross, you see sin and death. I see the results of my sin in His flesh. My first look is a body thing. I see my sin that He had placed in His body, by the cup He drank in Gethsemane. He was beaten and scourged on my behalf. I see the loniliness and hopelessness of humanity and what God had to do to remedy humanity of the sin that brought these things. I see that humans don’t control death or life.

When I look at the Cross, I see how only Christ could satisfy the Father in dealing with sin and sinners. To think that modern religion has created many ways and methods to save humanity aside from the Cross of Calvary is humanity’s greatest reproach towards God. Paul says anyone who adds or detracts from the finished work of Christ is an enemy of the cross.  God fixed it for eternity that anyone who wanted to know what He was like, how He thought, how He would deal with sinners, how He loved His Son and sinners, could see it at Calvary.  When I look at the Cross, I see me. I am in Him while my sin and rebellion are being dealt with. The beatings that were laid apon Him occurred because my sin was apon Him

1Pe 2:24 MKJV He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that dying to sins, we might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed.

My sin was dying when He was dying. Every time we see a crucifix on a necklace or steeple we see our death.  Even though I wrestle with my shortcomings, my sins and my failures, I can never forget that I was in Him at Calvary Gal 2:20 Rom 6:6. There is no hope for humanity outside of the cross. I died there and I came to life there. God’s ultimate plan is to give life to humanity through the death of Christ.

Joh 12:24 MKJV Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit.

The cross is hated by the world and satan. This was where he was defeated forever. Christians should love the Cross. Their salvation comes from the Cross. It doesn’t come from doctrines or church buildings etc or self effort. The only salvation there is, is locked up in the Cross.



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