by Jerry Vines

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The Day God Died (1 of 3)
Series: Easter
Jerry Vines
Romans 5:8

''Christ died for us.'' Two thousand years ago, outside the city of Jerusalem, at a place called Calvary, a man named Jesus died on a cross. It was actually the day God died. The cross was in the heart of God from all eternity. In Revelation 13:8 the Bible says that the Lord Jesus was the lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Before the world was created, before time began, it was determined that the Lord Jesus would die on a cross for the sins of the whole world. When the Lord Jesus came to this earth He carried a cross in his heart as well. As a boy, the Lord Jesus said, ''Did you not know I must be about my Father's business?'' He's talking about the business of dying for the sins of the world on the cross.

Throughout His ministry the Lord Jesus Christ lade references to the cross. On one occasion the Lord Jesus said this, ''My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.'' The night before the cross, the Lord Jesus said, ''Father, the hour is come.'' He was talking about the hour of the cross. He was talking about His death on the cross. It was the day God died.

If you really want to understand what Christianity is all about you have to go to the cross. If someone said to me, ''What is Christianity?'' I have to explain the cross to them. In I Corinthians 1:18 the Bible says, ''The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but to us who are saved, it is the power of God.''

I cannot explain to you what salvation is without taking you to the cross where Jesus died, where God died. At the cross we see humanity at its worst. With wicked hands they took Him and crucified Him. At the cross we see God at His best. This verse of Scriptures says that God commends His love toward us. This word, commend, is a beautiful picture of what happened at the cross. The word literally means to put together. God put it together at the cross. All of the face ...

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