The Ground is Level at the Foot of the Cross

 

Without the cross fellowship with God would be an impossibility for man.  The cross is the central theme of Christianity.  As a result of cross3Jesus paying the sin debt for man we now have the ability to come back to God.  Our restoration of fellowship is tied directly to the cross.

There are times when we forget the importance of the cross.  We center our attention on other things and in other directions.  Some give the most of their time to the subject of restoration.  Others are intent on making sure that the correct phrases are employed in their teaching.  At times we look for a pattern under every rock.  A few are carried away with warning the world about post-modernism.  A significant segment of our preaching is directed toward the church, worship, and baptism.  All of these subjects deserve a portion of our attention, but none of them would matter were it not for the cross.

Without the death of Jesus on the cross there would have been no church.  What we call things would not matter.  Without the cross we couldn’t have argued instrumental music, the role of women in the church, nor a shopping list of other things over which we now divide.  Our unique definition of post-modernism would have been a non-issue.

What the cross did was make man’s salvation possible.  Regardless of where we are morally the cross will make the ground before us level.  If we are a murderer the blood covers it.  If we are in our fifth marriage the cross covers the sin.  If we have been a drunk or drug addict God forgives.  The depth of our sin doesn’t matter.  We can never travel so far into sin that the cross will not allow us to return to God.  As followers of Christ, never forget to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  With the preaching of Jesus, our acceptance allows the ground to be made level at the foot of the cross.

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11 Responses to The Ground is Level at the Foot of the Cross

  1. Wayne McDaniel says:

    Dell, The Cross of Christ is our only hope of sharing the life of God. “For I delivered unto you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.”- 1 Cor. 15:3 Our flesh is inclined to argue about the meaning of scripture as a diversion from facing our failures to love God with all of our heart, and others as ourselves.
    “The fact is that in the cross God demonstrates the deepest law of acceptance. For to be convinced that I have been accepted, I must be convinced that I have been accepted at my worst. This is the greatest gift an intimate relationship can offer — to know that we have been accepted and forgiven in the full knowledge of who we are, an even greater knowledge than we have about ourselves. This is what the cross offers. I think the woman at the conference understood it intuitively and thereby walked into the heart and mystery of the cross… The cross brings us out of hiding. It breaks our denial, but only in the very instant that it shows us the possibility of forgiveness.
    It shows us our corruption, but in the same breath it tells us the price has been paid. We may keep on foolishly building a case for ourselves and pursuing our path of self-justification, but the cross will still be standing there waiting for us to come to the end of ourselves, kneel and repent.” – Rebecca Manley Pippert, Hope Has Its Reasons, p. 111, rev. ed. c. 2001, Intervarsity Press

  2. Dell: Amen, amen and amen.

  3. Jan says:

    I agree! What else can I say.

  4. Judy says:

    “If we are in our fifth marriage, the cross covers the sin.” Really? Our last preacher said that it was unforgivable to marry again. What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.

  5. Judy,
    Thanks for your comment. The blood of Christ covers any sin. If your last preacher said that it was an unforgivable sin to marry again he was limiting the blood of Jesus. There is no sin the blood of Jesus will not cover.
    thanks, dell kimberly

  6. How could God put someone through hell a fifth time?

  7. lol If He did He would certainly forgive them.

  8. Guy says:

    I went throught almost 32 years of life thinking in my heart that my life was unforgiveable. It was not until I was 49 years old that I came to see and understand that the things I was once taught about sin was not true. I had to come to a point where I trusted Jesus and not the words of human preachers and human Bible teachers. Jesus said that all sins were forgiveable except bad mouthing the Holy Spirit. If I believe Jesus then my many years of drinking and druging have been forgiven. If I believe Jesus then my three divorces have been forgiven. If I believe mankind; none of these have been forgiven.

    I think I will trust the One who excaped the tomb and death.

    Hugs,
    Guy

  9. Weaneoume says:

    FANTASTIC!

  10. Guy G. Claypool jr. says:

    There is none so vile that they cannot come and none so good that they don’t need to

  11. Pastor Joe says:

    Judy:
    There is only one unforgiveable sin: it is saying that you don’t need what Jesus did for you when He shed His blood and died on Calvary’s cross. Forgiveness for all other sin was paid for by Jesus at Calvary.

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