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The Cross Centered Life

Sunday, April 06, 2014

One of my favorite books is The Cross Centered Life, written by C.J. Mahaney. This is a book I read several times during the year. Every time I read it I am amazed how the Lord continues to speak to me. Let me ask you, "Is your life centered on the cross?"

To answer that question we might need to know why the cross if so important. We are just days away from Easter. During this holiday there will be some, who claim to be Christians, who will spend more talking about a mythical bunny and baby chicks than they will talk about the cross of Jesus and His resurrection.

Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? The fact is He died because of the wrath of God. God is holy and cannot look upon sin. He is a God of wrath who punishes sin. But He is also the God of grace who forgives. He is the God of mercy who allowed His Son to go to the cross in our place. Whether one is a five year old boy who lied to his mother or Tim Mcveigh who bombed the Murrah building in Oklahoma City we all have to deal with a God who hates sin. It took the same death of Jesus on the cross to deal with your sin as it did to deal with the sin of the Murrah building bomber. That is an amazing thing to think about. Sin is sin and the wrath of God must punish it.

But God in His mercy sent His Son to die in our place. Think about Jesus dieing for you. Think about Jesus covering the wrath of God for you. Let the cross of Christ be the center of your life. This will cause you to be very thankful to the Lord. It will cause us all to be very humble before the Lord.

As we go through this season of the year let's take the cross very personally. Let's spend time comtemplating the fact that Jesus died for us. Allow the cross be the center of your life. It will be life changing.


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