Four Roads to Calvary

Down at the crossroads….a popular statement used mainly when someone is giving directions. The same can be said about Calvary. It is a cross-road given to us for directions for understanding our need of forgiveness and God’s offer of salvation. This crossroad is where four eternal truths intersected and revealed answers to the big questions of life.

Every intersection has four roads or paths leading to the crossroad. Regardless which one of the four roads one is traveling, he will cross the intersection. Likewise, Jesus suffering on Calvary’s cross has four roads leading to it, and regardless which difficult issue man is considering, the answer is always at the cross section of these four truths. Continue reading “Four Roads to Calvary”

The Danger of Unforgiveness

Woe to those who take a flippant or casual attitude toward unforgivness. According to Jesus, it is one of the sure ways of facing torment and spiritual prison.

We meet them every day, even on Sundays; men and women wandering around under torment and living in spiritual bondage. Oh, they sing, “It is well with my soul,” but it is obvious they are lying to themselves and to those around them. Their lives are a hidden mess, their marriages are broken, and no amount of self help gimmicks or coping mechanisms can hide the tragedy of their lives. They may be lonely in a crowd or a social butterfly, but the reality is the same; their life is filled with pain and inward torture.

Here is the promise Jesus gave to us detailing what will happen if we fail to forgive, from our heart, those who have wronged us. (Matt. 18:34-35, please read)

  • We will be in prison until we pay the debt
  • We will be turned over to the tormenters

Prison and torment. I don’t know about you, but I do not like either of these. Let us keep our hearts pure by appropriating the grace of God for the wrongs performed against us. Continue reading “The Danger of Unforgiveness”

The Three Jewels of Forgiveness

Forgiveness – the greatest privilege belonging to Christians. However, it is easy to miss the full application of this grace given to us. There are three important areas which forgiveness offers to us. I like to call them the “Three Jewels of Forgiveness.”

Jewel #1 – Forgiveness from God

First and foremost, those who have repented of their sin, through faith in the work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross, have received forgiveness from God. This simply means that we have acknowledged that our sin has separated us from God, and that we through faith alone, accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. God grants us complete forgiveness, thereby, releasing us from the guilt and condemnation of our sins. This is great news! We become a ‘new creation’ Continue reading “The Three Jewels of Forgiveness”