9/14/13

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

 

Jesus Christ is Lord. (Philippians 2:11)


Do you recall movies about ancient Rome? Do you remember those scenes when after a great victory, the army paraded through the streets while all the people cheered? The general had overcome their enemies and brought more riches and power to the empire.

Today we commemorate a far greater victory than anything ancient Rome ever knew. When we were dead in sin and Satan was leading the world astray, Jesus Christ defeated all our enemies. He humbled himself, accepting death on a cross, but then he rose victorious. He freed us from the power of sin and Satan and made us alive in him. He triumphed by the cross, and all heaven rejoiced: “God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name” (Philippians 2:9). Let us also rejoice and celebrate this victory with cheering and praises and honor to our God!

In Jesus, through faith in his cross, we have victory! Our sins are forgiven, and we can know the peace and joy of being reconciled with God. When we say no to Satan and his temptations, we are filled with divine love for our brothers and sisters. This is the glory and triumph of the cross—that the children of God are filled with his life and love.

Do you see yourself as a conquering hero? You are part of the divine army, and Jesus is your leader. So rejoice in his victory today. When pressures and temptations threaten to cloud your heart, stand up, raise your arms, and proclaim, “I am a new creation! Sin has been defeated!”

Yes, you have the promise of new life in Christ. Your inheritance is kept for you in heaven. You may be going through some difficult times right now, but remember that nothing can separate you from the love of God and the victory of the cross (Romans 8:38-39). Cling to Jesus, and you can show the world what a triumphant believer looks like.

So exult in your salvation today. Rejoice in the triumph of Jesus’ cross. In him, through him, and with him, you have the victory!

“Jesus, you freed us from all of our enemies and secured our place in heaven. I love you, Lord, and with all creation, I praise the victory of your saving cross.”

1 comment:

Ed Sousa, Sr. said...

Jesus' death on the cross triumphs over our worst, most disgusting sins. Sin defeated us, but Jesus triumphed over our sins and won victory for us on the cross. The sins that had absolute power over us are now crucified! Therefore, "let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus" crucified (see Heb 12:2; Jn 3:14-15). He became sin that we could be healed and freed from sin. Repent! Be crucified to sin and to the world (Gal 6:14). Believe in Jesus' crucified love and forgiveness.


"I have been crucified with Christ, and the life I live now is not my own; Christ is living in me. I still live my human life, but it is a life of faith in the Son of God" (Gal 2:19-20).