Daily Bread - August 12, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 12 August 2019 08:14
1 Corinthians 1:18 - The word of the cross is foolish to the perishing, but
to those of us who are saved - the power of God.

Part 1 ~ The Cross Represents The Whole Life Of Jesus

The cross both displays the wisdom and power of God and is the means by
which we access the wisdom and power of God. The Jews expected that the
Messiah, the King, would be exalted upon a throne and rule over all of the
Earth forever; but instead, He was exalted upon a cross (John 12:32). This
was probably the most offensive subject Paul could take up to argue for the
glory and Messiahship of Jesus. To the Jewish mind, everyone who hung upon
a tree was cursed (Deuteronomy 21:23; Galatians 3:13). Yet, Paul boasted in
the relationship of the cross to the King of Kings.

The world in its arrogance and pride cannot begin to relate to the humility
and obedience of the cross. Yet, if we are going to come to know the ways
of the Almighty, humility is an absolute. The very nature and way of the
Eternal God is humility; and if we are going to walk with Him and conduct
ourselves in the manner of His life, then we must learn to be obedient to
His conduct and manner of life. Jesus came and revealed the Father and
invited all of us to come and learn of Him (Mathew 11:29-30; Mark 10:43-45;
John 14:9).

The obedience of Christ was completed in His obedience unto death even the
death of the cross (Philippians 2:8; Hebrews 2:10). In fact, the whole of
the life of Jesus may be cast upon the cross for the cross represents His
obedience, His servitude, and His humility. We are commanded to live out
this same kind of life and take up the cross of the obedience Christ found
in His servitude and humility (Philippians 2:6-8; Matthew 11:29, 16:24;
Mark 8:34; Luke 14:27; also: Matthew 10:38; 2 Corinthians 2:15; 1
Corinthians 2:5).
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