NO CROSS, NO POWER

NO CROSS, NO POWER

                                                                                                                                                               

(Mar 8:35 NKJ) 

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 

Jesus could have avoided the cross but he did not.

A .he had the power to avoid it.

No man taketh it from me  

(Joh 10:18 NKJ)         

No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” 

if you had this kind of power would you ever voluntarily die?   

if he had avoided it, he would not have realized the very purpose of his incarnation  

1 .”the word was made flesh     

(Joh 1:14 NKJ)   

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 

Why? Because blood is in the flesh     

(Heb 9:22 NKJ)   

And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.   

people do not come into the world merely to live, for that is no better than being an animal, we also have “spirit” in addition to a soul and. To fail to accomplish purpose for which god destined us, is to miss the real joy of life can you imagine Christianity without the cross and the consequent resurrection? It would be only one of many religions. It would not be the transforming” power god unto salvation     

(Rom 1:16 NKJ)

For I am not   ashamed of the gospel of Christ1, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 

Jesus spoke about the necessity of the cross.

Jesus” must” die 

(Mat 16:21 NKJ)

from that time Jesus began to show to 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 the third day.   

Jesus predicts his death and resurrection

(Mar 8:31 NKJ)     

And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.   

(Luk 9:22 NKJ)

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 the third day.”   

he did not die because the situation was unavoidable.       

C .it was necessary that he die because this was how he would redeem us and bring us into fellowship with god. 

It was the “must” of duty. 

he made his announcement only after peter’s great confession about his being the Christ. 

A .he was recognized as the divinely anointed of god.         

B .as a mere man he would not have died while he had the power to live.   

C .as people indwelt by god and participants in the divine nature     

(2Pe 1:4 NKJ)         

by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.       

We choose duty before life, the cross before pleasure and enjoyment of this world. If we are not characterized by this divine nature, we are none of his. This is clearly stated in           

(Mar 8:34 NKJ)     

When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.   

Those who believe that can bypass the cross are not truly Christ ’s. Jesus called peter“ satan” because he rebuked Jesus for not escaping death although he possessed the power to do so   

(Mat 16:22 NKJ)

Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”       

(Mat 16:23 NKJ)

but He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” 

there were no short-cuts to success.           

the first one to suggest success and achievement without the cross was satan himself       

Jesus objected to the miracles satan wanted him to perform. Satan suggested that Jesus should change useless stones into useful loaves of bread   

(Mat 4:3 NKJ) 

Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”                       

we should watch out for those who have followed satan’s suggestion to perform “miracles” and have not “taken up

their crosses” to follow Jesus. Beware of the preachers of the gospel of wealth and prosperity.     

 Satan wanted Jesus to acquire instant fame success from Christ ’s point of view is living in voluntary     

he who had the will to die on the cross had the power to rise from the dead.     

no other person on earth has ever said what Jesus said and accomplished   

Mar 8:31 NKJ) 

And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.   

he knew that by god’s appointment he was to die but he was absolutely sure that on the third day he would rise from the dead?           

would the world is better had he chosen to live on, escape death and not exercise his power to rise from the dead?   

(Phi 1:21 NKJ)     

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

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