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Romans 8:34 ” Christ Jesus, Who died – more than that, Who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”

Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross atoned for our sins, removing the condemnation and power sin had over us.  But when He rose from the dead He took His rightful position at the right hand of God becoming then our advocate, mediator, and champion.  I John 2:1  reminds us,  “We have one who speaks to the Father in our defense – Jesus Christ.”   Remember, you have someone who is ever-present at the elbow of God appealing on your behalf…intervening for your good…defending your case – Jesus Christ is His name.

I John 3:16 ” This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”

Without hesitation I know you’d answer a resounding “Yes!”  to my question of whether you’d die for your spouse or children.  But if we look closely at this verse, we’re not being asked to do that.  Rather, we’re being directed to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians .   OK wait,  you want me to sacrifice for who?  My family is one thing, but a neighbor or friend or somebody I hardly know at Church…I don’t know if I can do that.   But when Jesus died on that Cross He didn’t pick and choose who He was dying for…He died for all.   In John 10:11 it says, ” I am the good Shepherd.  The good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”   To love one another with the Agape love that Christ first showed us is to be willing to be poured out like a drink offering for our brothers…regardless of who they are.

I Corinthians 1:17 ” For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel – not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”

Most Believers have a tough time sharing with others the Good News of Jesus.  We think we need a memorized  speech…or a fancy, persuasive dialog before we even attempt to talk to others.  Or in our fleshly wisdom,  we think we must first somehow  “have it all together” ourselves  before we even consider sharing the Gospel message.  But the Good News of Jesus Christ really has nothing to do about our communication skills and more about showing God’s love to others.  Simple words of encouragement, and sharing about our own struggles go a long way to prompt others to feel comfortable and ask questions.  So remember, it’s not about the messenger, but the Message…and it’s not about the communication, but the Cross.

Matthew 16:24 ” Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.’ “

It was Roman custom to have the condemned person carry the cross on which he was to suffer through the streets as a means of spectacle, humiliation, and as a deterrent for others.  But Jesus is calling us to follow Him…to purposely take up and bear that figure of shame.  For on that cross our sins were  brutally nailed…on that cross our redemption was sealed in blood.  To the Romans, the cross was a symbol of  shame…but to  Believers, it’s a symbol of salvation.