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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Contradictions of the Cross

Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

Edward F. Lundwall, Jr.

Everything Satan does is designed to deceive and to bring about some kind of death. This understanding of Satan finds expression in Genesis 3. As a poisonous snake, Satan is going to bite Jesus' heel, but Christ crushes Satan’s head. Satan’s efforts are contradicted and Christ the Lord offers life and freedom for all who will identify with Him.

In the Cross of Jesus Christ God contradicts Satan's efforts so as to effect His divine purposes. In this aspect, God shows Himself to be the Almighty Warrior.

We are inclined to wonder how God is still in control when we consider the murder of six million Jews, the abortion of millions of babies, etc. people. Yet, God is a mighty warrior against the forces of evil. He wages war on our behalf.

To be victorious and exhibit God’s wisdom, we must clothe ourselves in the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). Putting on the full armor of God means applying Christ to every area of our lives. This pleases God and pushes back against evil.

In the Cross Christ destroys death's hold for all humanity, but this is effective only for those who trust in Him and do His Gospel work (1 Cor 15:1-4). In this, God contradicts Satan’s seeming victory and sets forth His plan of redemption.

In the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, a great contradiction is seen. Satan’s work involved getting God’s "chosen" people to reject and crucify Christ. God contradicts this by those Jews and followed Him then and those who believe and follow Him now.

We imagine that Satan gloated as Christ was laid dead in His tomb. God contradicts this by making the empty tomb a sign of hope that our grief, pain, sin, and mortality will be canceled. So we rejoice in the wonder of God’s forgetfulness and might!

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