MESSAGE OF THE CROSS!Paul Dhinakaran

"... the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.     (1 Corinthians 1:18)

The Dhinakarans The Bible says that, "in order that we should not suffer and be bruised, and in order to make atonement for our sins, the Lord offered Himself on the cross as a sacrifice" (Isaiah 53:4). To honour the cross we need to say, “Lord, You were bruised for my sake; You took upon the wounds for my sins; You have made an atonement. I believe and praise You for that” We should not be again caught up in those transgressions and iniquities. “Lord, every day, I will not wound You again by committing sins. Please help me” – Begin each day by praying to Him thus and by honouring His sufferings on the cross by remembering them.

The Word of the Lord!

By His suffering on the cross, the Lord will strengthen you to live a holy life. Jesus said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). The Lord does not mean that literally we should take up a cross and follow Him. The Word of God is not related to the flesh but of the Spirit. He spoke the Word, filled with the Spirit. So we should accept and follow that by the spirit. The Spirit gives life (2 Corinthians 3:6). So we should do everything from the depths of our heart, in the spirit and honour God. Those who see your good conduct will glorify the Lord (Matthew 5:16).

The right path!

Jesus has left before us His footsteps so that we would follow them (1 Peter 2:21). This verse tells us that we should follow his footsteps. Yes, that’s why every day we read the Bible containing His Words and tell Him, ‘Jesus, You suffered for me; teach me how to walk in Your ways and how I should be as Your child, and son/daughter of God”. The Lord wonderfully speaks to you through the Scriptures. He teaches you the way in which you should walk, for that day. Apart from impressing upon us the troubles that we may encounter on that day, through His apt Word, promise and commandment, He would show us the way in which we should walk. When we accept it and commit ourselves according to Philippians 2:8, the Lord will give us the strength to deny ourselves, carry the cross, and follow Him.

The message of the cross!

Dearly beloved, the Scripture declares, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18). The light of the Lord Jesus Christ which came from the cross, lifts your faith and strengthens you in Him. It delivers you from darkness and gives you the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of the Lord Jesus Christ. Be filled with the strength that comes from the cross!

Prayer:

Loving Lord Jesus,

Thank You for reminding me that I am not alone anymore. You are close by my side always. You gave Your precious body to be crucified to save me from my sins. Help me to live glorifying Your name and Your cross all the days of my life. Teach me to crucify my 'self' on the cross everyday. Enlighten me to live for Your glory. I give You all the glory, honour and praise.

Amen.
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