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     Paul says in I Corinthians 1:18  “For the word of the cross is to those who are perishing foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God”.  At the cross we see real power – power that was unknown to the world.  Before going to the cross, Jesus prayed “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.”  Jesus did not want to go to the cross.  He was asking God “If there is any other way by which mankind can be saved – do it – however, not my will but your will”.

     Why was it that Jesus did not want to go to the cross?  Was it because of the physical pain associated with the cross?  The pain associated with the cross was phenomenal.  It was common for the crucified to be whipped, exposing the muscle and the veins in the victims back.  Then the victim had to carry the cross to the site of the crucifixion.  It was there that they would nail the victims hands and feet to the cross.  Within a few hours the victim would be dead.  The cross, in all its grim reality points beyond itself-there is more to the cross than the physical suffering.  What is it pointing to?

      Paul says in 2 Corinthian 5:21 “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf”.  Jesus, the son of God, the sinless one, when he went to the cross, he became sin “on our behalf”.  Jesus could not stand the thought of “becoming sin”. That is why Jesus did not want to go to the cross.  The thought of becoming sin was the reason Jesus prayed “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.”

      You may be asking, “Where do we see the power?”  You see  power, when Jesus is nailed to the cross and he could have called twelve legions of angels to his rescue. The nails in Jesus hands and feet were not keeping Him up on the cross.  The Roman soldiers were not keeping Jesus up on the cross. What power was able to keep Jesus upon the cross?  His love for you and me.  Jesus say in John 10:18 “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again”.  Real power is at the cross. If you want real power in your life, go to the foot of the cross.

 

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