Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Magnificent Truth That Paul Saw

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
All around the world people study about the cross of Christ. What happened on that cross? Why did Jesus die? What did He accomplish? What does His cross mean to you? Suppose you do not believe in Jesus at all (millions, yes billions, don't), does the cross mean anything to you as an unbeliever? What does the cross mean to the believer?

The answer is: it means everything to us, whether we are unbelievers or believers. In John 6:33 Jesus says, "The bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." And in verse 50 He says, "This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die."

The only life that unbelievers have is the life which Christ gave them by virtue of His cross. They live because He died for them. They may not know it, they may not acknowledge it, but every breath they have ever drawn is purchased for them by that sacrifice. Furthermore, if an unbeliever repents of his unbelief, then he "will live forever" (vs. 51).

In verse 53 Jesus explains further: "Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you." This is true even of our physical life. Our daily food is purchased by the cross of Christ; every day, every loaf of bread is stamped with the cross.

The apostle Paul saw this magnificent truth when he said in Galatians 6:14: "God forbid that I should glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." When you see it, you will glory in the cross like Paul did. Do you want to?

--Robert J. Wieland

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