Tomorrow I’m preaching on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. No matter how often I tell this story, I can never get over it. Nor do I want to.
John Piper says, “God took the record of all your sins…that made you a debtor to wrath. Instead of holding them up in front of your face and using them as the warrant to send you to hell, He put them in the palm of His Son’s hand and nailed them to the Cross…Only unforgiven sin damns. And that was nailed to the Cross…”
We often sing a song in our church services called “Worthy is the Lamb.” If you were transported to heaven right now, you would hear millions of angels singing, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain.” Maybe not the exact version we sing but a heavenly version that you’ll enjoy someday. They never get over the sacrifice of Jesus, because they can’t. Yes, the love of God for you is that grand. The cross of Jesus Christ, in the words of Charles Spurgeon, really is “that magnificent magnet” that draws us to Him for all eternity.
There are many things you don’t know that you would like to know and many mysteries you’d like to see unraveled here and now. But never let what you do not know and what you find inexplicable crowd out what you can know: Jesus Christ lived, died a particular kind of death for you, and was raised victoriously!
Here’s what I’m asking you to do today. First, reflect on the humble, willing sacrifice of Jesus for you and worship Him with fresh intensity and gratitude. On the cross, Christ was mocked by his enemies but He mocked the mockery by accomplishing what only Heaven could fathom. “Amazing love, how can it be, that you, my God, would die for me?”
Second, pass it on. Our marching orders from Jesus himself remain unchanged in that the message of grace is for all. Take some risks among your non-believing school friends, work friends, hanging out with friends and encourage them to “come and see” the message of Jesus Christ. Don’t just sit on the message, share it. And make no mistake in that it will require a risk on your part. And make no mistake either that God will partner with you in those risks of faith.
Third, if you live in Sugar Land, I hope you’ll be at the FCCC tomorrow with a prayer on your lips that Christ will be honored and hearts drawn to Him.