Without the shedding of blood…
Keep me near the Cross
How is salvation possible? True, we strive to keep God’s law. We follow the teachings of Jesus. Is that what saves us? Some people would say so. I mean if you are a good person and you do what God says in the Law and go to church and tithe and take part in visitation and such, Is that what its all about?
I admit, a Christian should show all those attributes and then some but I ask one question… What about the cross? If following Jesus’ teachings is enough, why did He have to go to the cross? We have to remember something. All have sinned. All fall short of God’s Glory. We need forgiveness for our sins and that requires a blood sacrifice. Scripture tells us that there is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood.
Salvation is not by things we do physically, not by our good works, but by our humility and acceptance of what Jesus did through his sacrifice, his death, the cross. One must accept the work of the cross to receive salvation. No amount of good deeds is going to do that for us.
Every Major world religion has people doing good works. But only Christianity has the Cross. Good works is not enough. That can be a tough pill to swallow. We all know nonbelievers who put Christians to shame with their good works, but they will not be in Heaven. I hate to be so blunt, but we must speak the truth. It hurts and it tends to alienate folks. It ain’t politically correct. I’ve said it before and it bears repeating, Jesus was not politically correct and as His follower, I don’t need to be either.
Our faith is all about the Cross and what happened at Calvary. Our salvation was purchased there. It isn’t simply obedience, but it is faith and acceptance of what the LORD did on that hill. One constant prayer should be, “Jesus, keep me near the cross.” When we focus on the Cross, we focus on the LORD. We realize that since He died for us, we need to live for Him.
In His Service