*The Cross

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The Cross is the symbol of God's love to mankind and the salvation God had provided through Jesus Christ.

Here in this article, the cross is not used as a verb, but as a noun; specifically referring to the cross of Jesus Christ which He bored as He was going to be crucified by the wicked. In the Old Testament the word “cross” is mostly used as a verb; and so it does not have any bearing or anything to do with this article. The children of Israel crossed over the Jordan River into the land of Canaan.

The cross is the symbol of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Savior of the world, in order to save sinners, the Righteous for the unrighteous.

Deu 3:25,“Let me, I pray, cross over and see the fair land that is beyond the Jordan, that good hill country and Lebanon.” Just as the Jews crossed over the Jordan into the Promised Land, so Christians the redeemed will cross over death into the Paradise of God. The cross is the symbol of Christianity because it symbolizes the love of God and represents the salvation for God. How do you know? It is summarized in this Scripture:

Jhn 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” The cross explains how the Son of God became the Lamb of God to be sacrificed for our sins so that whoever believes in Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior will not perish, but have eternal life. There are some who teach the false gospel and there are many who do not understand the meaning of the cross. For this reason, this article is written to proclaim the truth of the Gospel in Jesus Christ.

The Modern Chinese Dictionary says, "Christians said Jesus for preaching love and forgiveness was crucified." This is a wrong statement. True, Jesus Christ preached the love of God, compassion, forgiveness and many other doctrines. Above all, Jesus Christ preached the Gospel of Salvation. Jesus Christ did not die on the cross as a victim or martyr. Jesus Christ came down from Heaven to save sinners. To obtain forgiveness of God for sinners, Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, the Righteous for the unrighteous.

Rom 5:8-11,"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation."

The Cross means:

(1). The love of God.

(2). The redemption by the blood of Jesus.

(3). Believers are saved from the wrath of God.

(4). The death of Jesus brings reconciliation between God and men.

(5). The death of Jesus and His resurrection brings new life to believers.

Why is it called Good Friday? 

What good is it? It was some two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, on a Friday, died on the cross for sinners; for you and me. That is the good news, the amazing Gospel. Sinners are condemned and will die in sins and go to Hell for eternal punishment; but Jesus Christ died so that sinners may be saved and need not go to Hell. 

Rev 14:6-7, “And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.”

Gospel is eternal for the salvation of God is eternal to all who repent of their sins and put their trust in the Savior of the world.

1Co 1:22-25, “For indeed Jews ask for miracles and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

The Jews want miracles, and the Greeks search for wisdom. The Cross points the love of God that unworthy and undeserving sinner may receive the gift of God which is eternal life in Jesus Christ.

What is the meaning of Easter? 

1Co 2:2-5, “For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.” 

In the West they preach a false gospel of prosperity. In China they teach religion, and not the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. The message of the Gospel of Christ is God loves you and He sent His Son to die for you. The Cross testifies to the love of God, and the Empty Tomb demonstrates the power of God. 

1Co 1:18, “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

Those who seek money, power and pleasure, the Gospel is foolishness to them who are perishing. To those who are being saved the Gospel is the power of God. There are only two groups of people in the world, not the rich and poor, not the powerful and helpless, the saved and the perishing. 

Rom 1:4-5, “Who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake.”

If Good Friday stands for the love of God, Easter stands for the power of God. The Cross symbolizes the love of God; the Empty Tomb symbolizes the power of God. Jesus Christ was crucified on Friday, and He rose from the dead on Sunday. Oh, peoples of the world, this is glad tidings, Jesus Christ died for sinners and He rose again to save sinners. 

How can you be saved? It is simple as ABC.

(A). Accept the fact you are a sinner in the sight of God and unable to save yourself. No one and nothing can save you. You cannot save yourself. There is nothing you can do to save yourself. Good deeds and charity and merit cannot save you. No one is good enough to be saved and go to Heaven.

(B). Believe Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came down from Heaven to save sinners, you and me. All are sinners and there is no exception. Believe in the Holy Bible (the Word of God) that you are saved by grace and through faith in Jesus Christ. There is no other way. There is no other salvation. There is no other one who can save you but Jesus Christ.

(C). Confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior. Confess your sins and ask the Spirit of Christ to enter your heart and give you a new life. Declare to the world from now on you are a follow of Jesus Christ. Believe and be baptized. 

How can you know you are saved?

There are billions of church members who do not know whether they are saved or not. I have met many who preach false gospel and do not preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Probably occupational preachers are not saved themselves and so they cannot and do not explain to their church members the proof of their salvation. 

Rom 8:9-11, “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

The proof that you are saved is not you have been baptized, pray and read the Bible, participate in the Lord’s Supper, give to the church and charity, etc. The only proof is the Spirit of Christ lives in you. If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. Only the Spirit of Christ who lives in you can give life to you. 

How can you know the Spirit of Christ lives in you? 

Rom 8:14-17,“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.”

If you have the Spirit of God living in you, you are being led by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of Christ is also called the Spirit of God, or the Holy Spirit. The process of salvation involves the Spirit of God entering into your heart (regeneration or being born again), living in you and leading you (sanctification). Can you know the Spirit of Christ lives in you and leads you? Yes. If you are full or hungry, you can know for yourself. I cannot know whether you are full or hungry. This is the only proof and seal of your salvation. The Holy Spirit testifies with your spirit that you are a child of God. Yes, the Holy Spirit speaks to all children of God. If you have the Spirit of Christ living in you and leading you, the same Spirit will testify to your spirit that you are a child of God. If you do not know this, then there is no proof you are saved. Baptism, church membership, Christian giving and even testimony are not the proof you are saved. I cannot know whether you have the Spirit of Christ in you or not, you can know. Jesus says, Jhn 10:27-28, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” If you are a sheep of Jesus, you hear His voice and follow Him. If you are saved, the Holy Spirit will testify with your spirit that you a child of God. If the Holy Spirit does not testify with your spirit that you are a child of God, then you have not been saved. 

Say this prayer, “Lord Jesus, I believe in you, but I do not know whether I am saved or not. Please let your Spirit come and live in me and lead me, and testify with my spirit that I am a child of God. I want to be saved for sure. I ask this as a favor in Your Name. Amen.” 

Seek and you will find. Ask and it will be given to you.

I.       JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED ON THE CROSS

Mat 27:31-32,“After they had mocked Him, they took the scarlet robe off Him and put His own garments back on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him. As they were coming out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon, whom they pressed into service to bear His cross.”

Mar 15:20-21,“After they had mocked Him, they took the purple robe off Him and put His own garments on Him. And they led Him out to crucify Him. They pressed into service a passer-by coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and Rufus), to bear His cross.”

Luk 23:20-24,“Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again, but they kept on calling out, saying, “Crucify, crucify Him!” And he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has this man done? I have found in Him no guilt worthy of death; therefore I will punish Him and release Him.” But they were insistent, with loud voices asking that He be crucified. And their voices began to prevail. And Pilate pronounced sentence that their demand be granted.”

Act 2:22-24,“Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know—this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.”

Act 2:36,“Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Note: God has made Jesus both Lord and Christ.

Act 4:10,“Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name this man stands here before you in good health.”

Act 10:39,“We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross.”

1Cr 1:23-24,“But we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”

1Cr 2:2,“For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”

Note: Christ the great Teacher cannot save sinners, only the Crucified and Risen Christ can save sinners.

1Cr 2:8, “The wisdom which none of the rulers of this world has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

Note: The rulers of this world do not know the Lord of glory.

Eph 2:4-7,“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

Note: God raised up Jesus Christ from death and made believers alive together with Him because by grace Christians have been saved. The surpassing riches of God’s grace in kindness toward the redeemed in Christ Jesus are to be shown for eternity.

Phl 2:8-11,“Being found in appearance as a Man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Note: Crucifixion was the humiliation of Jesus, resurrection and ascension are the exaltation of Christ above all those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Col 1:20-22,“And through Him (Christ) to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—”

Note: The death of Jesus was bodily and physical,not spiritual. The Scriptures cited explain why Jesus died on the cross – to reconcile sinful men to God and make peace with God through the blood of His cross.

Col 2:12-14,“Having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”

Note: The certificate of debt which we owed to God was canceled by the substitutionary or vicarious death of Christ and nailed it to the cross. 

Jhn 19:17,“They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha.”

Note: The crucifixion of Jesus Christ was the public event in Jerusalem, the death of Jesus was a historical fact, the place of crucifixion was a real place called Golgotha. 

Whenever Jesus spoke of His death invariably He also spoke of His resurrection.

Mat 16:21,“From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.”

Mat 17:23,“And they will kill Him, and He will be raised on the third day. And they were deeply grieved.”

Mat 20:19,“And will hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock and scourge and crucify Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.”

Mat 27:64,“Therefore, give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day, otherwise His disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,' and the last deception will be worse than the first.”

Note: The resurrection of Jesus Christ was bodily and real, there was no deception.

Luk 9:22,“Saying: The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day.”

Luk 13:32,“And He said to them: Go and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I reach My goal.”

Luk 18:33,“And after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and the third day He will rise again.”

Luk 24:7, “Saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”

Luk 24:21,“But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened.”

Luk 24:46,“And He said to them: Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day.”

Note: Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross and the third day He rose from death are two most prominent historical facts. The crucifixion and resurrection are two fundamental doctrines whereby the Church of Jesus Christ is built on. Both the cross and the empty tomb are the most powerful symbols of Christianity. 

Mat 27:38,“At that time two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left.”

Mat 20:28,“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Note: Jesus Christ did not die a victim's death, but a substitutionary or vicarious death - the Righteous for the unrighteous. Come in Greek is erchomai which means to appear, make one's appearance, come before the public, to come into being; - it occurs 635 times in the New Testament.

Come in Chinese is   which has an etymological meaning as follows:

十字架 cross), man)。

Jesus was crucified on the cross; there was a little man (thief) on the left and a little man on the right (robber). In the center there was a big Man (Jesus).

Jesus Christ was crucified and died on the cross for sinners, this was an invitation of God to man:

Isa 1:18,Come now, and let us reason together,
Says the LORD: Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.

Mat 18:11,For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.

Note: Every sinner is lost, lost in sins, lost from God.

Mat 11:28,Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

Note: Jesus died on the cross is an invitation of God to man, Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-burdened, and I will give you rest. Money, power, and sex will only give you trouble, not rest.

Jhn 6:37-38,All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

Note: Jesus guarantees He will certainly not cast out anyone who comes to Him, no matter who and what you are.

Rom 5:10,“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

Note: Through the death of Jesus His Son, we are reconciled to God; and having been reconciled, we shall be saved by Jesus who lives forever.

Hbr 9:14,“How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

Note: Good deeds and merit cannot cleanse your conscience. Only the blood of Christ can cleanse our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.


II.       THE MEANING OF THE CROSS

Mat 10:38,“And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.”

Note: This the first Scripture where the word “cross” first appears in the New Testament in the sense this article is explaining. Cross in Greek is stauros which means a well known instrument of most cruel and ignominious punishment, the crucifixion which Jesus Christ underwent; - it occurs 27 times in the New Testament. To take is to carry. To take the cross is to carry the cross which is a heavy burden. He who loves someone or something more than Jesus Christ is not worthy to be His disciple. He who does not take his cross and follow after Christ is not worthy of Christ. To follow after Christ means to be obedient to Christ. 

Phl 2:8,“Being found in appearance as a man, He (Christ) humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Just as Jesus Christ was obedient to the Father to the point of death, even death on the cross, so Christians must follow after Christ and be obedient to the point of death. This is the true meaning of the cross. The cross is not an ornament that you wear on your chest. Strangely, you see many Chinese women and some Chinese men wearing the cross on their chest although they are not Christians. Take up your cross and follow Christ means willingly to suffer for Christ and for the sake of the Gospel.

Mat 16:21-25,“From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day. Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying: God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You. But He turned and said to Peter: Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s. Then Jesus said to His disciples: If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

Note: Suffer in Greek is paschō which means to undergo something painful or unpleasant, to be afflicted, to endure hardship, etc., - it occurs 41 times in the New Testament. Jesus Christ suffered many things for the sins of the world. Hbr 5:8,“Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.” How much more we must learn obedience from suffering. Although Jesus Christ was the Son of God, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. Why?

1Pe 2:21-24,“For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” 

So the cross of Christ has two-fold meanings:

(1). The cross points to the historical fact that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. How did Christ save sinners? 

Rom 5:6-11,“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.”

Note: To justify in Greek is dikaioō which means to render righteous, to declare, pronounce, one to be just, righteous; to declare not guilty; to count as righteous; - it occurs 40 times in the New Testament. To reconcile in Greek is katallassō  which means to return to favor with, to be restored to the favor of God; to recover God’s favor; it occurs 6 times in the New Testament. The cross demonstrates the love of God in which the Son of God was sacrificed as the Lamb of God who died for us. Justified by the precious blood of Christ, believers shall be saved from the wrath of God and are now reconciled to God through the death of His Son.

(2). Jesus Christ suffered for believers, leaving us an example for us to follow in His steps. 

1Pe 2:21-24,“For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps...” Some falsely taught and many wrongly misunderstood what it means to follow in Jesus’steps. False teachers ask: How would Jesus vote in this election? What would Jesus do in this case, etc.? To follow Jesus in His steps does not have anything to do with whom you vote. Do you think Jesus Christ would vote for any corrupt and deceptive American politician? Do you think Jesus Christ would support same-sex marriage? Blasphemy! Jesus Christ bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. The cross is the example that Jesus leaves for us to follow in His steps. To follow in Jesus’steps means to follow the example of Jesus to suffer for the sake of righteousness and for the sake of the Gospel. Those who get rich by preaching the gospel do not follow Christ’s example. Those who seek money, power and sex are unworthy to be disciples of Jesus Christ. 

Stumbling block in Greek is skandalon which means any impediment placed in the way and causing one to stumble or fall, any person or thing by which one is (entrapped) drawn into error or sin; - it occurs 27 times in the New Testament. The cross is a stumbling block for those who seek money, power and pleasure. Jesus Christ, whose person and mission were so contrary to the expectations of the Jews concerning the Messiah, that they rejected him and by their obstinacy and unbelief made shipwreck of their salvation. 

1Cr 1:22,“For indeed Jews ask for miracles and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness.” Some arrogant scientists and scholars think creation is foolishness and they reject Christ crucified to save sinners. For your information, evolution is the greatest scientific myth which can never be proven, and big bang is the utmost nonsense.

1Cr 1:18-21,For the Word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”

Note: Many are made foolish by the wisdom of the world. Only the wisdom of God can make you wise. Unbelieving scientists and scholars are dying, and yet they do not even know the date of their deaths.

Mar 8:34,“And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them: If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”


III.       WHAT BEARING THE CROSS ENTAILS

Mat 27:32,“As they were coming out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon, whom they pressed into service to bear His cross.”

Note: According to Mat 10:38, Jesus Christ says we have to take our cross and follow after Him. Here in Mat 27:32 the Scripture tells about a man of Cyrene named Simon, whom they pressed into service to bear the cross of Christ. It appears the cross has two aspects; one is our own burdens, the other is the burden of Christ. Our cross is to deny ourselves in order to follow Christ. We also have to suffer for Christ to bear His cross. The word bear used in Mat 27:32 is the same original word used in

Mat 11:29-30,“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Bear Jesus’yoke upon you and learn from Jesus. For Jesus’yoke is easy and His burden is light. 

Mar 8:33-35,“But turning around and seeing His disciples, He rebuked Peter and said: Get behind Me, Satan; for you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but the things of man. And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them: If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it.”

Note: To bear the cross of Christ is to lose anything or even your life for His sake and the Gospel’s. Not everyone is called to preach. It is not preachers or pastors alone who are in the service of Christ, every Christian is in the service of Christ if he loses something or his life for the sake of Christ and the Gospel. What have you lost for Christ and the Gospel? To rebuke in Greek is epitimaō which means to tax with fault, chide, reprove, censure severely; to admonish or charge sharply; - it occurs 33 times in the New Testament. The Lord rebuked Peter because he was not setting his mind on the things of God, but the things of man. The things of man are contrary to the things of God; just as the American value of money, power and sex is contrary to the Christian value of faith, hope, and love. Peter did not have the same mind with God. To deny in Greek is aparneomai which means to forget one's self, lose sight of one's self and one's own interests; to do without desired things; - it occurs 11 times in the New Testament. Get Satan behind you. This is a spiritual paradox which is true: For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Jesus’sake and the Gospel’s will save it. How many lose their souls in seeking money, power, and sex. Those who seek faith, hope, and love will inherit eternal life. Later Peter wrote, 

2Pe 3:1, “This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.”

Note: The New Testament was written by the Apostles spoken by the Lord and inspired by the Holy Spirit. The authors of the Bible do not speak on their own authority.

Col 3:2,“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”


IV.      HOW TO BEAR THE CROSS AND FOLLOW CHRIST

Luk 9:22-24,“Saying: The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed and be raised up on the third day. And He was saying to them all: If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.”

Luk 17:31,“On that day, the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house must not go down to take them out; and likewise the one who is in the field must not turn back.” 

To bear the cross involves:

(1). Self-denial

Mar 8:34, “And He (Jesus) summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them: If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”

(2). Self-sacrifice

Mar 8:35,“For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it.”

Mat 27:42,“He saved others; He cannot save Himself...”

(3). Setting your mind on the things of God

Col 3:1-2,“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”

Jhn 19:25,“Therefore the soldiers did these things. But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.”

In America there was a country song singer who sang Stand By Your Man. The song was very moving. Christians must stand by the cross of Jesus.

(4). Daily

Luk 9:23,“And He (Jesus) was saying to them all: If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”

(5). Persecuted for the cross of Christ

Gal 6:12,“Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.”

(6). No turning back

Gal 4:9,“But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?” 

Luk 9:62,“But Jesus said to him: No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God.”

Luk 17:31,“On that day, the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house must not go down to take them out; and likewise the one who is in the field must not turn back.”

The following is the last advice of Peter who minds the things of God inspired by the Holy Spirit:

2Pe 3:12-18,“Looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”

To take up the cross and follow Jesus can be summed up as follows:

Gal 6:14,“But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

Note: To a follower of Christ, the world has been crucified to him, and he is crucified to the world.

Phl 3:13-14,“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

 

V.      THE CROSS POINTS TO THE WAY OF LIFE 

1Jo 2:1-2,“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.”

1Jo 4:9-11,“By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

Note: Propitiation in Greek is hilasmos which means an appeasing, the means of appeasing, conciliation; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament. The cross demonstrates the love of God that Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior died for sinners as the propitiation for our sins. The cross points to the way of salvation; those who believe in Jesus Christ will have eternal life. The cross tells us the love of God; because God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. Warmongers, liars and killers, capitalists and monopolists, dictators and oppressors, corrupt politicians and executives, greedy and fraudulent doctors and hospital owners, etc. cannot be disciples of Jesus Christ because they do not have the love of God. 

The Christian way of life is the way of love.

Mat 5:38-48,“You have heard that it was said,‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?

If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” 

Love is the perfect way of life. What is love? Love is defined:

1Cr 13:4-10,“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.”

Love is the perfect Christian way of life. 


VI.       THE REWARD FOR BEARING THE CROSS 

Mat 4:18-22,“Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And He said to them: Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.”

Note: Peter and Andrew left their nets and followed Jesus. James and John left their boat and their father and followed Jesus. One thing common among the two brothers was the fact they responded to the calling of Jesus Christ immediately. They left their old profession as fishermen to become a new profession as fishers of men. The Scriptures did not say about the father of Peter and Andrews. The Scriptures mentioned the father of John and James, and they did not ask their father permission to follow Christ. These four men left everything behind to become disciples of Jesus Christ and henceforth accompanied their Master on His walks and journeys.

Luk 1:1-4,“Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the Word, it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.”

Note: Luke was among the early disciples, but not one of the Twelve, to compile systematically about the things handed down to them by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the Word, including Peter and Andrew, John and James. Clearly and definitively, Peter, Andrew, James, John and others were from the beginning were eyewitnesses of the Word and knew the exact truth about the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Mat 19:27-29,“Then Peter said to Him: Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us? And Jesus said to them: Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.”

Note: Throne in Greek is thronos  which means a royal seat symbolizing kingly power or royalty; - it occurs 61 times in the New Testament.

Glorious in Greek is doxa  which means majestic in the sense of the absolute perfection of the divine glory. I have seen quite a few thrones of some kings, but I certainly cannot imagine how the glorious throne looks like. The Scriptures describe the glorious throne of Christ as follows:

Rev 4:2-11,“Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads. Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God; and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal; and in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME.” And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

Note: The descriptions of the glorious throne of the Lord Jesus Christ are too wonderful, beautiful and glorious for me to comprehend. I just want to fall down before the Lord God Almighty who sits on the throne and worship Him WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME who lives forever and ever. I do not have a crown to cast before the throne, but I will cast myself in prostration and say: HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD. 

Mar 10:28-30,“Peter began to say to Him: Behold, we have left everything and followed You. Jesus said: Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life.”

Mat 19:27-29,“Then Peter said to Him: Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us? And Jesus said to them: Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.”

Note: Peter probably represented the four earliest disciples (Peter, Andrew, James and John) when he said to Jesus: we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us? Oh, there will be a lot for the Twelve Apostles and all believers who have followed Christ. In these Scriptures, it is very interesting that Jesus Christ replies with a specific time, in the regeneration. Regeneration in Greek is paliggenesia  which means renewal, renovation, restoration; it occurs only twice in the New Testament. This regeneration refers to the signal and glorious change of all things (in heaven and earth) for the better, that restoration of the primal and perfect condition of things which existed before the fall of our first parents, which the Jews looked for in connection with the advent of the Messiah, and which early Christians expected in connection with the visible return of Jesus from heaven to reign with saints in the Kingdom of God. The day of reward is not now. The preachers of the false gospel of prosperity who promise their followers here and now with material blessings are deceivers. Jesus Christ will sit on His glorious throne; the twelve Apostles also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. There are only twelve apostles and twelve thrones. If anyone claims to be an apostle now, he must be a false apostle. The Twelve Apostles have greater and more glory and power than all the saints since Abel to the last person redeemed. The Kingdom of Heaven is not ruled by phony democracy, it is ruled by perfect theocracy. There is an appointed hierarchy of order in the Church:

1Cr 12:28,“And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues.”

Note: These fishermen could not have thought there would be thrones in the Kingdom of God for them. What glory and majesty! The fishermen who used to have nets and boats will have thrones which are unlike that of any emperor, king or queen ever possessed. On the twelve thrones, the Twelve Apostles (Judas was replaced by Paul) will judge the twelve tribes of Israel. Presumably, the Twelve Apostles will also wear crowns. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for Jesus name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life. There are mansions in Heaven which the Lord has provided for those who love Him. In this Scripture it does not mean there will be farms for growing food; it simply means whatever property and value you have left for Jesus’sake, you will receive many times as much. To inherit eternal life is much much better than any worldly possession or wealth. The eternal life without hunger, thirst, pain, sickness, sorrow, suffering or death is beyond a human comprehension. 


VII.     WHAT JESUS HAD ACCOMPLISHED ON THE CROSS 

(1). The Roman Empire acknowledged Jesus was the King of the Jews.

Jhn 19:19,“Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It was written, “JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

Note: Even the governor of the Roman Empire had to acknowledge that Jesus the Nazarene was the King of the Jews.

(2). Jesus fulfilled the Scriptures.

Jhn 19:30-36,“Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him; but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe. For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, “NOT A BONE OF HIM SHALL BE BROKEN.”

Note: Every detail of the crucifixion came to pass in order to fulfill the Scriptures. Above all, Jesus Christ finished His mission and His redemptive work on the cross.

Act 13:29,“When they had carried out all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the cross and laid Him in a tomb.”

Act 3:15,“But put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses.”

Note: The Apostles and early disciples were witnesses of the fact that Jesus died on the cross and God raised Him from the dead.

(3). Made peace with God through the blood of His cross.

Col 1:20-22,“And through Him (Christ) to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—”

Note: The Scriptures cited explain why Jesus died on the cross – to reconcile sinful men to God and make peace with God through the blood of His cross.

Col 2:12-14,“Having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”

Note: The certificate of debt which we owed to God was canceled by the substitutionary or vicarious death of Christ and nailed it to the cross.

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Eph 2:16,“And might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.”

(4). Jesus is the Author and Perfecter of faith

Hbr 12:2-3,“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Note: Author in Greek is archēgos which means the creator, chief leader, prince, captain, originator; - it occurs 4 times in the New Testament. Perfecter in Greek is teleiōtēs which means consummator, one who has in His own person raised faith to its perfection and so set before us the highest example of faith, fulfiller; - it occurs only twice in the New Testament.

Thus the cross of Jesus Christ is the central message of the preaching of the apostles and the banner of the New Testament church. 


VIII.      THE ENEMIES OF THE CROSS 

Phl 3:17-21,“Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”

Note: To follow example in Greek is symmimētēs which means to be an imitator of others; it occurs 3 times in the New Testament. Paul wants us to join in following his example. Observe in Greek is skopeō which means to look at, observe, contemplate; to fix one's eyes upon, direct one's attention to; to look to; to direct one’s attention to; consider; - it occurs 7 times in the New Testament. Walk in Greek is peripateō which means to live; to regulate one’s life; to conduct one’s self; - it occurs 105 times in the New Testament. Pattern in Greek is typos which means a form, example, sample, model, the pattern in conformity to which a thing must be made; - it occurs 15 times in the New Testament. Preachers and church members can become enemies of the cross by their corrupt behavior and false doctrines. 

1Cr 1:17,“For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the Gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void.”

Note: We preach the Gospel not in cleverness of speech. Modernists who try to use textual criticism or higher criticism to make the Word of God void. Those who distort the Word of God are enemies of the cross of Christ. 

1Cr 1:18,“For the Word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

Note: The Word of God about salvation and creation is foolishness to unbelieving scientists and scholars. Little do they know their unbelief will lead them to eternal punishment in Hell. If unbelieving scientists and scholars are so smart, how come they do not know the date of their deaths? Of all they know, they do not know the most important. Their self-conceit and arrogance become the stumbling block of the cross.

Mat 13:18-30,“Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the Word of the Kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the Word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the Word, immediately he falls away. And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the Word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the Word, and it becomes unfruitful. And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the Word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. Jesus presented another parable to them, saying: The Kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away. But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. The slaves of the landowner came and said to him: Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares? And he said to them: An enemy has done this! The slaves said to him: Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up? But he said: No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers: First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.”

Mat 13:37-43,“And He said: The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the Kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels. So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His Kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the Kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.”

Note: There are only two groups of people in the world, not the rich and poor, not the powerful and helpless, not the educated and uneducated; but wheat and tares, the sons of the Kingdom and the sons of the evil one. The good seed or wheat represents believers, the tares represent unbelievers. There are only two outcomes: the tares are to be burned up (the wicked go to Hell), and the wheat are gathered into barn (the righteous go to Heaven). Under the cross, the left represents the unrepentant, and the right represents the repentant. With respect to Jesus Christ there is no neutrality. 

Act 13:9-10,“But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him, and said: You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?”

Note: Deceit in Greek is dolos which means craft, guile, deception, subtilty, subterfuge, lure, snare, duplicity, intrigue, trick, misrepresentation; - it occurs 11 times in the New Testament. Fraud in Greek is rhadiourgia which means unscrupulousness, cunning, mischief; - it occurs only once in the New Testament. Enemy in Greek is echthros which means a man that is hostile, foe, odious and hateful person, adversary; - it occurs 32 times in the New Testament. In the world today there are many false prophets and false teachers as well as antichrists. There is one false teacher in America claiming that he has discovered the Biblical Code of Investment, he claims to know when stock prices go up or down and can help people get rich. The Bible has no secret code of any kind. The Bible is the Word of God with the central message that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the Savior of the world. Whoever repents and believes in Jesus Christ can be saved. The Bible does not teach earthly things of making money. There are false prophets who set the date of the end of the world; they never come true because false prophesy will never come true. In the political world there is an evil one, the prime minister of the evil empire of Japan, the man fits the Biblical description as “full of deceit and fraud, son of the devil, enemy of all righteousness who makes crooked the straight.” The Ape (inhuman, beast) who is the Hitler of Asia is so crooked and says China’s Diaoyu Islands belong to Japan. He cannot answer why Japanese government has to buy and nationalize Diaoyu Islands? No nation ever bought and nationalized its own territories. The evil prime minister of Japan says China is a threat. But China does not occupy one inch of Japanese territory or any foreign territory while Japan with the aid of America occupies China’s Diaoyu Islands. Japan claims to be the second most powerful armed forces in the world and has overseas military base not to say having military alliance with the sole superpower. China does not have one overseas military base, and China’s armed forces are for defense not offense like that of American and Japanese.

Pardon me for using my personal experience to illustrate the burden of bearing the cross for the sake of Christ and the Gospel. Not only Django REST framework was attacking my website in login and wiped out the contents of my site building; even after recovery by Yola Support, apparently some evildoers are sabotaging and frustrating my efforts in editing and adding text to my websites. It would change font size not of my doing. My article would appear in large gaps with empty spaces between paragraphs. To backspace one space would require 9 seconds and there are hundreds of spaces. To enter text would require many minutes. After saved, suddenly a message would read: “Your session has expired, please log in again.” Login, loading, saving and publishing all take time. When I log in again, then all the work done and saved would be like before, nothing done and nothing saved. So I have to do it again. Even when I highlighted in red, it will publish as black again. It would confuse me with current version or saved version. Such repetition of futile exercises wastes so much of my time and efforts. Thus it takes hours to edit just one article with undesirable results. This is just a little incident to tell you it is difficult to serve the Lord Jesus in this evil world.

Jam 4:4,“You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

Note: Friendship with the world is hostility toward God. Whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Prosperity gospel preachers are enemies of God because they preach false gospel that make their followers friends of the world and love the world. Prosperity gospel preachers love money and luxury and the world. 

Jhn 8:44,“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

Note: Jesus Christ defines liars and killers as children of the devil. Japanese and American leaders are liars and killers as proven by World War II and events since the end of World War II. They are making every military preparation to have the coming war of aggression against China in order to rob China’s territories and loot China’s resources and for the United States to be the supreme power in Asia Pacific in order to dominate and dictate the world. 

Mat 12:30,“He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.”

Note: The cross divides the people into right and left. Jesus Christ says if you are not with Him you are against Him; if you do not gather with Him, you scatter. There is no neutrality.

Mat 25:32-46,“All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right: Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me. Then the righteous will answer Him: Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? The King will answer and say to them: Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me. Then He will also say to those on His left: Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me. Then they themselves also will answer: Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You? Then He will answer them: Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me. These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Note: There are only two groups of people: the children of God and the children of the devil. There is no third kind. Are you sheep or goat? There is no third kind. Are you on the right or on the left? There is no middle ground. Come join the right group. Those on the left (unbelievers and the wicked) will go away into eternal punishment. Those on the right (believers and the righteous) will go into eternal life. Come to the right side. Come join the right group. Jesus Christ says to you, 

Jhn 5:24,“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”

Jesus Christ is calling you. Would you come to Him now?


January 5, 2016

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