Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
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Friday, January 23, 2009
There is the Cross of Sit.
John 19:30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
With respect to our sitting in the Christian way of life, the cross appears as the finished work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the cross.
There is the Cross of our Walk.
Luke 9:23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”
But He asks us to take up our cross daily, so that is something we ARE to do.
Luke 14:26-27 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate [miseo - love less] his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”
LUK 14:33 “So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.”
2CO 5:14-15 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all [Christ’s unique spiritual death on the cross], therefore all died [retroactive positional truth, all believers entered into union with Christ in His death]; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him [the cross of our daily walk in Christ] who died and rose again on their behalf.
Our walk in love is based on the cross, where Jesus Christ gave Himself up for us as an offering and sacrifice to God.
ISA 53:10 But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.
NUM 28:2 “Command the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be careful to present My offering, My food for My offerings by fire, of a soothing aroma to Me, at their appointed time.’”
The fragrant aroma that day included propitiation, the fact that our Lord Jesus Christ completely satisfied the justice of God when it came to the sins of the world. But it also included something else.
The other reason is that Christ’s work on the cross revealed something about His soul. In Christ’s willingness to suffer on account of love, the Father smelled the fragrant aroma of His own character and nature.
The greatest event in the history of the universe is the spiritual death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, the blood of Christ.
It was the demonstrated understanding of Who His Father really was.
The fragrant aroma that came to His nostrils that day included the aroma of Love. It was that mature virtuous love that casts out fear.
It is that love which manifests itself in obedience.
Here in HEB 13:15-16 we have this sacrifice, this offering, and it points to the Royal Family Honor Code.
Picking up our cross daily means that we live in the Royal Family Honor Code.
There were two kinds of sacrifices.
1. Sacrifices that dealt with the problem of sin.
There is no need for a believer in the Church Age to offer such sacrifices, because Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed for us.
2. Sacrifices that were brought for worship; sacrifices in which one whose sins had been covered by blood experienced a heart full of praise, thanksgiving, love, and devotion to God.
While the writer to the Hebrews has told us that all animal sacrifices have been done away because of the perfection of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, yet there are worship sacrifices that a believer may give to God to express his love, his devotion, his adoration, his praise, and his thanksgiving.
GEN 22:12 He said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear [respect & obey] God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
“Fragrant aroma” = osmeen euoodias.
God desires the knowledge of Him to fill every inch of the universe.