“To preach the message of the cross seems like sheer nonsense to those who are on their way to destruction, but to us who are on the way to salvation, it is the mighty power of God within us.” — 1 Corinthians 1:18 (TPT)
Two thousand years ago, Jesus changed everything on a cross. In the temple, Passover lambs were being sacrificed and the magnificent, massive veil was torn in two as Jesus bore our sins and was fully forsaken by the Father. Yet, for the joy set before Him, Jesus opened the doorway for believers to live forever forgiven in God’s holy presence.
On March 2, 2018, the life of the greatest evangelist of our time was celebrated in Charlotte, NC. Pastor Billy Graham faithfully preached the message of the cross to millions around the world saying, “God proved His love on the cross. When Christ hung, and bled and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’” Billy Graham exhorted all believers who came to the foot of the cross surrendering their lives to Jesus with, “I am convinced the greatest act of love we can ever perform for people is to tell them about God’s love for them in Christ.”
Saved as beloved children of the crucified Redeemer, we now serve as God’s chosen people, a royal priesthood, with continuous access to the Father by His Spirit and through prayer. We have the privilege of joining Jesus on His rescue mission to help others have a personal encounter with Him. We’ve been divinely appointed to share the message of the cross, speak about the new hope we’ve found in our new lives in Jesus, and reflect His love and joy.
On this Good Friday, in your First 20, spend time basking at the foot of the cross. Let this turning point in human history take root in your souls, and absorb the immensity of its power. Be transformed as you remember and rejoice that you’ve been redeemed and rescued by Jesus’ blood. “The Lord Himself is the One who has done this, and it’s so amazing, so marvelous to see! This is the very day of the Lord that brings gladness and joy, filling our hearts with glee. O God, please come and save us again; bring us Your breakthrough-victory!” Psalm 118: 23-25 (TPT)
Our God hears,