The Essential Jesus – Jesus & The Crucifixion

We began the Essential Jesus series with the big picture of a Saviour who enters the world (John Chap 1). Light and life coming into the darkness. The second message looked at the Genesis account of the entry of sin into the world and our need of a Saviour. Sin affected everything, all of creation. Sin is our heart intent to place ourselves above the creator. Both Adam and Eve made a choice and listened to the serpent’s enticement to “be like God”. And the consequence of that is that humanity has been seeking to “be like God” from that day – to make decision and live life apart from the creator. Yet we were created to connect with God. Our fullness of life comes only in relationship with Him. And all of creation because of sin groans under the weight of this discord and disharmony.
We have looked at the prophetic voices showing us the plan of salvation through the Old Testament. Then Jesus came into the world with a purpose to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom for prisoners, recovery of sight, release the oppressed, and proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour. He lived out and taught of new Kingdom values we are to live. He demonstrated love to others and his love of the Father through action, forgiveness and prayer.
At the cross, we now see the outworking of dealing with sin. One of the thieves on a cross angrily shouts to Jesus “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us.” (Luke 23:39). The paradox in his question was this, to save us Jesus had to sacrifice himself. The other thief defended Jesus and made a request, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise” (v42-43).
The cross opens the way for us to know Jesus for all eternity. To deal with sin and know salvation. If you know Jesus, I pray today you get a greater vision of the depth of his love and forgiveness through the cross. If you don’t know Jesus, I pray today you might put your trust in him, believe and receive him as your saviour, and follow him.
God bless.  Pastor Stephen