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Bible Focus - Sunday 8th March 2015

posted 8 Mar 2015, 00:51 by St.Serfs Tullibody-Clacks   [ updated 15 May 2015, 23:36 ]

On a hill far away, stood an old rugged cross

The emblem of suffering and shame

What does the cross mean to YOU, ME, US.?

Is it merely a well -polished piece of furniture adorning a church wall, scarcely noticed, and taken for granted by regular worshippers?

Is it an ornate, pearl studded, gold necklace, symbolising some “lucky charm”?

Is it some pretended show of pagan belief participated in by some footballer, pre-game, kissing the grass, and “crossing himself” hoping for a team win?

Or for us as Christians is it ”the emblem of suffering and shame”

“Where the dearest and best, for a world of lost sinners was slain” ?

“So despised by the world”….Does the cross only provoke questions among non-believers, like” Why does God allow suffering?”, rather than prompting more searching questions like” Why did Jesus suffer in my place?”

In the world of computer games and block-buster films, blood is splattered cheaply all over the screen.

Indeed we are brain-washed to believe that “It is only tomato sauce. “.

From Middle East countries, every news bulletin shows blood-stained streets pointing to the atrocities of human barbarism.

However, the blood of Jesus, was neither sham, pretence, nor fake.

“For ’twas on that old cross, Jesus suffered and died, to pardon and sanctify me ( and you )”

The last word from the cross said;- IT IS FINISHED, ending many of our rituals of worship.

There was previously nothing wrong with them; they had been ordained by God to point our forefathers towards God.

They had served as holding operations until the appointed time of the coming of the Messiah.

The sacrifices and ceremonies of the Old testament were types, pointing to the Christ;- Now that He had come, shadow had given way to substance;- that which had been promised for so long was now here.

The work of our redemption was now finished, accomplished.

Jesus offered Himself, without spot or blemish to God, and by that ONE SACRIFICE, given once and for all, He did all that was required to reconcile a sinful world back to God.

(Rev. William Izett)