Friday, March 21, 2008

What a Good Friday it was for us

Since Seth is a children's pastor he comes up with little saying so the kids can remember what the message was about. One of my favorite sayings that he has come up with is, "what happened on the cross stayed on the cross." I can't help but think about this saying today - Good Friday - the day that Jesus died on the cross for all of our sins. When Jesus died on the cross he made it possible for us to be forgiven for our sins and live forever (in Heaven) In order for us to be forgiven we must first ask him into our hearts, ask him to forgive us, to wash us white as snow. He is willing but we must believe in our heart and confess with our mouth and then we will be saved. When we are forgiven we no longer have to carry the guilt and shame of our sin. When Jesus died on the cross all our sins were forgiven, our sicknesses were healed, our adoption into the family of God was finalized and so much more. With Jesus' last breath he said, "It is finished" meaning that what needed to be done was done. Before the cross people used to have to offer animal sacrifices for their sins after the cross nothing more was needed exept for recognition with our mouth and a belief in our heart. The cross was a one time thing - what happened on the cross stayed on the cross. One man, one perfect, sinless, son of God had to die and rise again so that we could live forever.

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