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. Beware of separating “God was manifested in the flesh…” from “…He made Himto be sin for us…” (1 Timothy 3:16 ; 2 Corinthians 5:21). The purpose of the incarnation was redemption. God came in the flesh to take sin away, not to accomplish something for Himself. The Cross is the central event in time and eternity, and the answer to all the problems of both.

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 cost God so much. The Cross was the place where God and sinful man merged with a tremendous collision and where the way to life was opened. But all the cost and pain of the collision was absorbed by the heart of God.

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April 6, 2016

Journal Entry for Today-JDV

Lord, I am not sure how to interpret this devotional. Like the devotional from yesterday and Dave’s journal entry, the complex discussion and elements about the role of the Son of Man compared to the Son of God….and, what that entire discussion means, escapes me somehow. Or perhaps I am just too simple? Should I really be concerned about the role of Jesus as God and as man in this context? Is it important to understand the complexities and nuances? Or is it enough to recall what Chambers wrote in the last paragraph? “The heart of salvation is the Cross of Christ. The reason salvation is so easy to obtain is that it cost God so much. The Cross was the place where God and sinful man merged with a tremendous collision and where the way to life was opened. But all the cost and pain of the collision was absorbed by the heart of God.”

And God says… “Chambers also wrote in this devotional; God came in the flesh to take sin away, not to accomplish something for Himself. The Cross is the central event in time and eternity, and the answer to all the problems of both. I do not want you to try and intellectualize or understand all there is to understand about the cross and the question…. was Jesus the Son of Man and or the Son of God during the crucifixion? I want you to simply understand that He made it possible for the entire human race to be brought back into a right-standing relationship with Me. He made redemption the foundation of human life; that is, He made a way for every person to have fellowship with Me. When you fix your eyes and heart on Jesus, and surrender your rights to understand, it all becomes clear. Acknowledge the Lord in all your ways and do not rely on your own understanding and I will make your paths straight. “