Thursday, February 6, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 6 February 2020

The Power of The Cross

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)

Today’s Morsel:  Last year I published a book entitled “The True Cross Bears”.  My goal was to show that if we are going to carry the cross that Jesus said that we should carry, then we needed to understand what He meant.  Paul said that the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness.  In other words, Paul says that the cross of Christ; the doctrine of salvation by crucifixion; and the doctrine of peace and reconciliation by the blood on that cross, and righteousness, pardon, atonement, and satisfaction by the offering up of oneself upon it as a sacrifice for our sins, by the people who do not know Him and the reason; is foolishness. But He said that to those who understand why He did it, it is power.  Do you know why Jesus did it for you? The writer of Hebrews informs us, “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us” (Hebrews 9:22-24)  If we do not preach the cross, the gospel, people will remain foolish, powerless, and die in their trespasses and sin.  Take up your cross daily and follow Him.   
Sing: So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross, till my trophies, at last, I lay down.  I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it someday for a crown.
Thought For Today: Keep your eyes on the cross. 

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