May 15

Today's Bible Readings
     Numbers 24
     Psalms 66-67
     Isaiah 14
     I Peter 2
     “Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness - by whose stripes you were healed.” (I Peter 2:24)
     When mortal man murdered his magnificent Maker, it was the greatest event in human history. This was the day when God and sin collided. The Cross is the revealed truth of God's judgment on sin. Jesus Christ was never a victim, but always a volunteer. Never associate the idea with martyrdom with the Cross of Christ. It was the supreme triumph, and it shook the very foundations of Hell.
     There is nothing in time or eternity more absolutely certain and irrefutable than what Jesus Christ accomplished on the Cross - He made it possible for the entire human race to be brought back into a right standing relationship with God. He made redemption the foundation of human life; that is, He made a way for every person to have fellowship with God. The Cross produced the possibility of the exchanged life of the believer. He literally took our sins upon Himself and offers us His own righteousness.
     The Cross was not something that happened to Jesus - He came to die! The Cross was His purpose in coming. He is “The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”(Revelation 13:8) The incarnation of Christ would have no meaning without the Cross. The purpose of the incarnation was redemption. The Cross is not the cross of a man, but the Cross of God, and it can never be fully comprehended through human experience.
     The Cross is God exhibiting His nature. It is the gate through which any and every individual can enter into oneness with God, but it is not a gate we pass right through; it is one where we abide in the life that is found there. The heart of salvation is the Cross of Christ.
     The reason salvation is so easy to obtain is that it costs God so much. Sin is a radical problem and it demands a radical penalty; therefore, God made a radical payment - the Cross. The Cross was a place where God and sinful man emerged with a tremendous collision and where a way to life was opened, but the cost and pain of the collision was absorbed by the heart of God.
     Now the principle of the Cross can be the power you need for daily living. Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me”
     The population has reached 5 million in the country of Puerto Rico in Latin America. This island nation is closely aligned with the United States as a Commonwealth, and boasts a Christian population of 97%. This is, of course, predominantly Catholic and they boast 75% of the Christian population. This is a beautiful island nation, and has a great tourism industry. You don't have to spend much time among the Christian community there to discover that though there are some who are fervent for their faith, the church needs new vision. This vision must be local for effective discipling of their new believers, and global for the sending out of missionaries throughout the world in obedience to the Great Commission. The nations of the world must learn that the Great Commission was not given just to Britain and America, but is true for any nation with any a small group of believers.
     In the State of Qatar, there are only 10% Christian believers. This is not surprising since there were no Qatari believers before 1985. Several have come to the Lord outside the country, but have suffered much for Him. We need to pray today that they may become the nucleus of a Qatari church and that this group of believers might impact their society.
''A man could retire comfortably in his old age if he could sell his experience for what it cost him."
Gospel Minister