I never take personal accountability for Christ’s death and what happened at Calvary…
I walk past it… I’m usually to busy to really recognize an event that occurred so long ago.
I love the fact that God loves us… but to really stop and consider that if God did something personally for me then I had to do something personally to him.
And that statement, “If God did something personally for me then I had to do something personally to Him”, might not make much sense just yet but just think about it…
What could I have ever done that reached an infinite God… We often don’t think of God as soft, gentle, vulnerable, weak… we don’t ascribe to a powerful God the lesser traits of character but in some way He (God) had to have, and has to have some of those traits of character or humanity could have never approached Him with abuse.
They could have never spoken foul unkind words to the Saviour if God had no other traits of character than power but He who was strong become weak that taking our weak humanity we might lay hold of his powerful divinity.
And you see I used the word they… I’d never use words like “All Humanity”, never would I use the word “We” and far from my conscious mind is the word “me” or “I”.
But to really know God personally where your heart vibrates with overflowing love, compassion and happiness everyday towards God and man you have to know what you have done personally to God. There is no other way to do it. No other way at all.
What is it that you did to God, or that I did to God????
Because we have heard it, your sins, my sins… but why is it that it may not have really effected you yet, or if it has may not have renewed your heart with overflowing love today, this day. Has it renewed you today?
It is nakedness, exposure, humanities unwillingness to admit who we are before God and man.
We naturally, without being under the influence of the Spirit would love to spiritualize away the reality that “in my flesh dwelleth no good thing.”
And that “there is none good not one” and that we are by nature “Sin”.
The bible says otherwise… and some of us good already be looking for the balance.
I know I’m not good according to the bible and the unconverted man but in Christ I’m good right…
If you do that right now you are not going to hear this message because you are violating the very 1st work of the Holy Spirit.
And I want to repeat that right now because God sent the Spirit and his first work was to convict of sin which is your nature not sins but who you are as a person.
You are sin. (A sinner)
You see if what we are is not sin by nature if it is not who we are then why did Jesus become sin for us. Would he have had to do such a thing?
Sinful self is shameful so we avoid it…
Do you know what I do when God starts really convicting me of sin, and sins that I have committed.. too much… that’s enough for now… I need to take a break… really looking at motive, and sin is overwhelming. I may confess it, and pray but really looking at is is so bad that I say… I’ll come back to that later… why because I know there’s probably more that needs to be uncovered confessed and brought up.
Think about it: mocking the gift of Love, Scorning, Laughing, and abusing the Holy Son of God, think about it… spitting… spitting… on someone… on God… spitting on God… slapping God… that is sin nature exposed… what is it… it is rejecting God and His Ways, His Way, His Son to His face… it is evil.
Let’s look at the two verses:
Joh 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Joh 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
2Co_5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
I don’t know if you have every thought about it but you can never be by faith experience the righteous characteristics of Christ unless you recognize and admit you are by nature sin and Jesus became sin for you.
You were it by nature.
Jesus was it by experiencing the final result of sin for you in the flesh, He unwarrantedly took your sin upon Himself. He was infinitely pure and unworthy of such ill treatment.
In fact only what Jesus has done for us and the work of the Holy Spirit can reveal for us what we have done to him.
We are blind to it, won’t admit it and it took the most powerful agency of God working upon man to convict him of it. It is hard work for God in fact the hardest work ever done in the universe is to convict man of his condition.
And this work is coming to an end… the bible says, Gen_6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, God is about to withdraw his Holy Spirit and then no one else will ever have the capacity to love and experience the love of God. That will be it. The number of heaven’s associates will then be made up. The terrible, fearful words will be uttered in awesome judgment upon the guilty.
IT IS FINISHED…
Rev 22:10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
Rev 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
Rev 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Rev 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Rev 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
Rev 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
Rev 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
Rev 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
If we are not saved then we will be saying, we will be crying how did it happen like this, how did I miss it.
It was the little things… Luk_16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
You thought the little things that once probed you that you were a sinner weren’t so bad.
For 6000 years Calvary for Christ has been a current event but we have made it a little thing of the past and not uppermost in our mind.
Few give thought to the suffering that sin has caused our Creator. All heaven suffered in Christ’s agony; but that suffering did not begin or end with His manifestation in humanity. The cross is a revelation to our dull senses of the pain that, from its very inception, sin has brought to the heart of God. Every departure from the right, every deed of cruelty, every failure of humanity to reach His ideal, brings grief to Him. When there came upon Israel the calamities that were the sure result of separation from God-subjugation by their enemies, cruelty, and death-it is said that “His soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.” “In all their affliction He was afflicted: . . . and He bare them, and carried them all the days of old.” Judges 10:16; Isaiah 63:9.
His Spirit “maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” As the “whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together” (Romans 8:26, 22), the heart of the infinite Father is pained in sympathy. Our world is a vast lazar house, a scene of misery that we dare not allow even our thoughts to dwell upon. Did we realize it as it is, the burden would be too terrible. Yet God feels it all. In order to destroy sin and its results He gave His best Beloved, and He has put it in our power, through cooperation with Him, to bring this scene of misery to an end. “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Matthew 24:14.—Education, pp. 263, 264.
How Deep The Fathers Love – Stuart Townsend with lyrics