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The Promise Hung on the Cross

The Promise Hung on the Cross
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All around Atlanta, people are gearing up to celebrate Easter. Pastors and teachers are preparing sermons to be ready for Easter Sunday, as many have invited the community to join in the celebration of the Resurrection.
What separates Christianity from other religions is the promise of resurrection from the dead. The tomb was found empty on that first Easter morning, declaring that Jesus, the Son of God had indeed risen from the dead.
In what other religion or faith does the leader, die to save his followers? Christianity offers a Savior who died because there was no other way to satisfy the sin debt owed by man.
Jesus, the Promise took the punishment, while laying his life down on the cross, voluntarily, although he allowed men to beat Him, spit on Him, and ultimately crucify him. “Father forgive them for they know not what they do,” His final words, “It is finished,” as well as “Father, into Thy hands I commend my Spirit,” describe a compassionate Savior who completed His work of redemption on this earth. He came from the Father, and thus returned to the Father.
Jesus hung between to criminals; one on the right and the other on the left. One mocked Jesus, while the other, humbled himself, asking Jesus to remember him. Jesus’ response as he hung on the cross in pain was one of forgiveness and compassion, “Today, you will be with me in Paradise.” Those two men, illustrate the two kinds of people in the world today, those who will call upon Jesus and those who refuse.
There would be no crucifixion without Christmas. Without the crucifixion, there would have been no resurrection. And without the death of Jesus, there would be no promise of eternal life that is freely offered to whosoever will. John 3:16, “For God sol loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
And then to culminate the complete plan of salvation and hope of every He arose on the third day, victorious over sin, hell, and the grave. Our Promise hung on the cross, but He did not remain there.
That gives Christians a wonderful hope, overwhelming joy, peace, and a great reason to celebrate the Holy Week, Good Friday, concluding with the Celebration of Easter!