During the Easter season, the focus of Christians around the world will be on the cross. The Bible definitely tells us what held Jesus to the cross. It was not simply nails, though He was nailed to the cross. The Son of God, with power to raise the dead, heal the sick, make the blind to see, still the storm-tossed sea, surely had power to step down from a cross, even though He was nailed to it.
It was not human weakness which bound Him to the cross, for He said regarding His life, “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down; I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” John 10 :18.
It was not because He was friendless that He stayed on the cross. In the garden of Gethsemane, when Peter drew his sword and began to battle in defense of the Master, Jesus said, “Thinkest thou not that I cannot now say to my Father, and He shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?” The twelve legions of angels were still available when Jesus was on the cross.
What then is the answer to the question, “What held Jesus to the cross?” Here is the answer. His love for a lost mankind held Him to the cross. Many verses declare this great truth unto us. Jesus said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Paul tells us in Galatians 2:20 that the Son of God loved us, and gave Himself for us. John tells us in I John 3:16, “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”
Easter is not about crosses or tombs. It is not about denials or beatings. No, the true meaning of Easter can be found in love. Love of family and friends, love of neighbors, and even love of enemies. To truly understand Easter we must understand that Jesus died for all men.
Love held Jesus to the cross; His unconditional, undeserved love for you and for me.
In His Service,
Pastor Gary Ginter
Sunday 03/01 Church Breakfast served from 9-9:30 am
Wednesday 03/04 Adult Bible Study at 10:00 am
Wednesday 03/04 Free Supper at 6:00 pm
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Wednesday 03/25 Youth Programs at 6:30 pm
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