Wednesday, November 22, 2006

2006 08 20 Opinions?

I'm writing for a weekly contest on a Christian writers site. This is my brainstorm/rough first draft. Wondered if I could post it here and get some feedback. What does anyone think? The topic is the cross.

Salvation is often a rocky road. It is terrifying to step out and away from everything you’ve known to something exciting, promising, but still unknown. But the journey is actually a short distance. It’s a crossover of Jesus’ body at the Crucifixion - hand to hand and over Jesus’ heart.

The cross of Christ brings one to repentance and to one’s knees. His arms spread wide show the way. One begins in the left hand. And, as Matthew 24.41 (NKJV) says "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels…” Those of the left hand will not see Heaven but will continue to live only in the world as they will.

Conviction draws one from the old ways toward a promise of eternal life. It is an eternal life spent with Christ and drawn near to Him. The miracle of being cleansed of all previous sins and stumbling blocks occurs in the center of Jesus’ body, in His heart and in His love.

Waiting for those who seek Him is a life of power, preference and princely favor found only in His right hand. In that hand is also the armor of righteousness (2 Corinthians 6.7) and the hand of fellowship (Galatians 2.9).

This crossover is nothing short of a miracle. And, in the Bible, crossing over accompanied miracles as well. In Matthew 9, Jesus crossed over to Capernaum. Prior to leaving, Jesus cast out demons. He then crossed over and then healed a paralytic. In Matthew 14, Jesus fed the 5, 000, walk on water while crossing over, and then performed healings. In Mark 5, Jesus cast out demons, crossed over, and then raised a dead girl and healed a sick woman who touched His garment.

Crossing over was bracketed by miracles. Thus is the case with salvation. The Holy Spirit works on the unsaved one’s heart, the miracle of Jesus’ heart and love occurs, and then the miracle of God’s favor for believers begins. The journey is actually a short distance. It’s a cross over – From left to right over Jesus’ heart.

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