Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Cross Was Not an Accident

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

Jesus was born to be crucified. When He came to consciousness of who He was, He also became aware of what He was to do. The cross was ever before Him [Hebrews 12:2]. Perhaps that explains why He was so determined to go to Jerusalem for the last time [Luke 9:51]. It also explains why He could say with complete confidence, “No one takes [My life] from Me, but I lay it down of Myself” [John 10:18]. 

The cross was not an accident. It wasn’t a knee-jerk response to a sin-sick world. Calvary wasn’t a tragic surprise that caught God off guard. It was His plan from the beginning, an incredible plan that would sanctify us “through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” [Hebrews 10:10]. 

So call it what you will: An act of grace. A display of love. A plan of redemption. A supreme sacrifice. But whatever you do, don’t call it an accident. It was anything but that!

Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure.” Then I said, “Behold, I have come—in the volume of the book it is written of Me—to do Your will, O God.” Hebrews 10:5-7

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