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From The Minister’s Desk:                     20 May 18 

The Old Rugged Cross (Pt.2)

So, how much do you value ‘the Old Rugged Cross’ that gave you Jesus and a way 
to be forgiven for your sins and be saved? Are you worthy of him dying on the 
cross for you? He gave himself a sacrifice for you, are you a living sacrifice 
for Him? 
Why the cross? No other form of punishment or death is as cruel as crucifixion, 
even in our day. The guillotine was instant death. A Firing squad was a painful 
but quick death. Hanging was a cruel, painful and quick death. The Electric \
chair was a cruel, painful and within minutes, deaths. Lethal injections are 
also cruel, painful and a quick death. But none of these come with a flogging, 
mental torture or 6 hours of suffering. Christ paid the ultimate price with his 
life in the most inhumane death known at the time for the sins of the whole 
world. That was God’s requirement for forgoing His wrath on mankind for their 
sins. What was this worth to you?

What did the cross change and provide? Jesus death on the cross took away the Old 
Law (Law of Moses) and ushered in the New Law (Law of Christ). Now before you get 
ahead of me, both laws were of God. Scriptures says “And you, being dead in your 
sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, has he quickened together with him, 
having forgiven you of all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of ordinances 
that was against us and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross: and 
having spoiled principalities and powers, he made them a show of them openly, 
triumphing over them in it. Col.2:13-15 What does this mean to you? 

What did the cross provide? It provided so much more to all mankind. It provided 
“peace and reconciliation of man back to God by Jesus Christ.” Those who would 
believe on Jesus, his death, burial and resurrection and are baptized (born again 
of the water and of the Spirit) for the forgiveness of sins, have been baptized 
into Christ and have put on Christ. Now they are Christians! “Now in Christ Jesus, 
you that was once afar off are made near in the blood of Christ. For He is our 
peace, who have made both one and broke down the middle wall of partition, having 
abolished in the flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in 
ordinances; that he might create in himself of two, one new man, so making peace; 
and might reconcile them both in one body unto God through the cross, having slain 
the enmity thereby: and he came and preached peace unto you that were afar off and 
peace to them that were near; for through him we both have our access in one 
Spirit unto the Father.”  
What does this mean to you? ___________________________________________ 
Why not use what you have learned to teach others? “That Old Rugged Cross” is where 
anyone wanting to be saved must come to, learn of, believe in and cherish.