Even Christ, who retained the scars of his own crucifixion, told his followers that they, too, would drink the cup from which he drank. The good news is that Christ goes with us, even as he went before us, fully tasting humanity in a body like yours and mine. For it was on the cross that he most intimately bound himself to humanity.
Humanity is, in turn, united to him in his suffering and near him in our own. Had there not been an actual body on the cross, such mysteries would not be substantive enough to reach us. Author and undertaker Thomas Lynch describes a related problem as well-meaning onlookers at funerals attempt to console the grief-stricken. Surely, the body of God on a cross is a mystery. On the cross, we find the one whose offering of himself transformed all suffering and forever lifted the finality of death. Penguin, , We were impressed with the site and what was in place at that time.
We met the sculptor and some of the board members that happened to be there. A very interesting back story of how it came about. We were in the area this month and went back to see what had been done since the earlier visit. We arrived at sunset just to see the sunset from the hilltop but we found they had added lights and it was open till midnight. We walked through again and there were several family type groups visiting.
Again a amazing display of sculptures and scriptures in Spanish, English and German. Still a few sculptures to come and we will visit again. Google maps has a ground level view that give a peek.
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Write a Review Reviews Show reviews that mention. All reviews " spiritual experience ". Review tags are currently only available for English language reviews. It would mean that the obedience of Jesus is merely symbolic if Jesus is fully divine in the flesh. It would bring into question the legitimacy of his being tempted since God cannot be tempted. Then there is the matter of his death since God cannot die. Here lies the tragic reality of the cross. It was an abomination to all that is right and good, and Jesus would become that, embodying the evil of all mankind.
The reality for us today is that Jesus cannot and will not be found on the cross any more than He can be found in the tomb. The cross is as emblematic of death as is the tomb. The cross represents the death of our sinful existence and the grave the condemnation of our sin. For three days and nights the lifeless, soulless body of Jesus lay on a slab guarded by angels while our redeemer paid the ultimate price.
The cross is empty today just as the tomb is empty. So, do I cherish the old rugged cross or do I cherish and treasure the wondrous beauty of the sacrifice of God the Son and all that He did and experienced that today is so beautiful that it is beyond attraction for me?
The gift is not like the trespass. The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. Here lies another tragic reality. In the person of Jesus fully in the flesh, in order to redeem us from the consequence of our sin, God condemned our sin; the sin of all mankind.
Jesus has resurrected mankind into the gracious gift of new life. However, as I shared to begin this article, some will not accept the new life awarded them in the incredible price paid by the Savior as long as they refuse to let go and lay down the old life to free themselves to receive the gift of new life… eternal life in fellowship with God. To hold on to the old life is to hold on to the sin that leads to eternal dying. The old life of sin that was condemned with Jesus is in fact condemned. For those who align themselves with their sin choose to experience condemnation with their sin… forever.
The sacrifice of Jesus at the cross will not be in vain. Praise God, we have received the gift of new life who have freely received it as it was freely given, having repented turned away from their sin laying down or dying to the old life. Without that self-choice there could be no hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened. Then the greatest miracle in all of history took place. The Superhero to the rescue! Not only did the Father rescue His Son, but today Jesus, sovereign God fully alive and in charge, redeems all who are aboard that train who call out to Him to be saved from everlasting devastation.
So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe.
This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Jesus Christ today is seated on the throne of grace, fully God, as He was from the beginning, and is for eternity.
While the period of thirty-three years as a humble servant was trying for the three persons of God, the three days and nights from the crucifixion to the resurrection I suggest caused a crisis of monumental proportion due to the forsaken condition of the relationship between the Father and the Son. We need to appreciate that. The love within the relationship between Father, Son, and Spirit I suspect was wanting and unfulfilled in broken fellowship for a few days, breaking the heart of God.
I suppose we cannot begin to imagine what this could possibly mean since to this point we cannot begin to comprehend such love in the first place perhaps we will know this pure intimate love in glory. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Sin is abusive and disgustingly ugly. Sin is dreadful and the single most human tragedy in all of history.
The bloodstained cross is gruesome to some, but the empty cross is full of hope. Satan, overly eager to thwart God's purposes, overstepped his. EMPTY CROSS IS FULL OF MIRACLES. Even skeptics report supernatural encounters at South Texas's most unique roadside attraction, The Coming King.
And sin, having consumed my life and yours, is represented by the cross — a burden bore in love by Jesus. While we honor the cross, we need not look for Jesus there. As we remember the event that killed our Lord, we should be aware that the cross is empty. We need not return to the cross to confess and repent of sin, nailing it to the cross again and again. Our sin was already crucified with Christ.
The sin committed and yet to be committed has already been justified by the sacrifice of Jesus as if it never happened Romans , Hebrews It is at the throne where we find Jesus and experience the freeing power of grace. It is at the throne of our gracious God that we are set free from all that holds us captive. And in relationship with Christ His throne of grace resides in our hearts.
When all is said and done, all of what was endured by our Sympathetic Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ, is so that the entire family can be together again, living in freedom without pain and suffering, nor guilt or sorrow.
We will be a family of absolute joy in the fullness of all that is life. I think that will be the reminder of His sacrifice. Whatever heaven is will be glorious and filled with love. And we will have access to the throne of grace where Jesus dwells. I believe that there too will He dwell in the temple the body of the saints on the throne of our hearts. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.
The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.
And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. There may be some who read this who will not receive the deeper meaning intended here and will suggest that I have demeaned and denigrated the most holy symbol of Christian faith and the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Why the train imagery? What if what is three days on this side of eternity cannot be quantified with the relativity of time on the other side of eternity? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross: Read reviews in English Go back. Here's the place to go. The empty cross, The empty grave Life eternal You have won the day.
To that I humbly disagree. Jesus emptied me of everything that would have continued to separate me from relationship with Him. Jesus died with my old life so that I would be freed up for the new life that He now lives out inside of me and through me. Oh, do I praise Him today for His new life in me and the new life experience that is in my recovery having been rescued, redeemed, and restored into everything that is His best for me and is available to you.
Lay down the old life that you may be holding on to.