In Romans 1:1-4 we read, “1Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, 4who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead…”The fact that Jesus was raised from the dead after having been crucified on a Roan cross is the greatest and most powerful “proof” He is the Son of God. The apostle Peter preached Jesus as having been raised from the dead on the day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2. Present among those who heard Peter preach Jesus were those who had cried out for His death. If they wanted to refute everything Peter was saying about Jesus all they had to do was go to the grave and show the body of Jesus was still there. But they could not because He had been resurrected. Once, Jesus was speaking to a large crowd of people and He told them “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.” (John 12:32) Earlier in His ministry Jesus said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.45″It is written in the prophets, `AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.” (John 6:44-45)
But what is the drawing power of the cross? I believe it is found in the prophetic words of Isaiah found in Isaiah 53. “Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. 6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.” And “But the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. 11 As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:4-6, 10-11) The fact that Jesus was willing to take the sins I have committed against God and the sins you have committed against God and bear them on the cross so we could be forgiven of our sins places a debt of gratitude upon one’s heart. It is through His death that my sins and the sin of the whole world were paid for by the shedding of His precious blood. (See 1 Peter 1:19-20.) Jesus invites all to come and be healed of their sins.” Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.29″Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.30″For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
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