‘God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ Galatians 6:14 KJV

It’s interesting that in the Bible Jesus doesn’t ask us to remember His birth or His resurrection, although we know we should, but He tells us to remember His death. When He instituted the Lord’s Supper, He said, ‘This do in remembrance of Me.’ (Luke 22:19 KJV) Paul said, ‘God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.’

The cross is an instrument of death. So why glory in it? Because of what took place there. When Jesus said, ‘It is finished,’ all your sins from the cradle to the grave were paid for. So the cross is God’s first and last word when it comes to salvation. It’s His first word because Jesus was ‘the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.’ (Revelation 13:8 KJV) And the cross is God’s last word about salvation, for in Heaven they will sing, ‘You were slain, and by Your blood You ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.’ (Revelation 5:9 ESV)

There is no ‘plan B’ for salvation. The only road that goes to Heaven goes through Calvary. You can’t bypass the cross or go around it if you want to be saved. The Bible says, ‘Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.’ (Hebrews 9:22 ESV) As you look at the cross today, you’ll see the curse of sin, the cost of sin, and the cure for sin. And as you look at the cross, remind yourself: ‘He did it for me.’

SoulFood: 2 Thess 1–3, Matt 26:30–46, Ps 6, Pr 8:32–33

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