Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them
THE CROSS: To the eye of reason is the center of sorrow and the lowest depth of shame. The place where our Lord suffered untold agony and pain, where He was mocked and numbered with the transgressors.
A deeper woe that Jesus suffered cannot be imagined as the sinless had the sins of mankind laid upon Him.
THE CROSS: To the Jews a stumbling block
To the Greeks foolishness But......
To us who believe it is the POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION.
As we pulled into Philippi, WV one day we stopped at a little park. They have a Rebel flag and a US flag flying and a monument that honors the men, southern and northern, who died in battle. It caused me to see the Cross of Calvary in a new light. An aspect of the cross that is not talked about much but should be.
I want to look at the cross today as a marker of a battlefield. A place where mankind's greatest battle was fought by only one: Jesus alone. A place where Satan and all his armies fell in defeat and Jesus the Lord of Glory arose in victory. Victory for all mankind. A place where with every blow that Satan struck he lost
When Adam fell and lost dominion way back in the garden. Satan, along with sin and death, turned this world into a place of woe. The chains of sin and death, the yolk of shame and sorrow were heavy upon the neck of man, but God had given a promise. In the fullness of time the Deliverer came, born of a virgin, and laid in a manger, and the war raged.
Satan knew that his enemy was born and conspired to kill Him. He gripped the heart of Herod to hunt him down and kill Him, but Herod failed.
At the beginning of Jesus' ministry, Satan tried again. In Matthew chapter 4 He tried temptation. He tried to bargain. He tried bribery, but the Lord fell for none of these. All through Jesus' 33 years Satan sent arrows and traps trying to avoid the coming battle.
But now we are at the cross, we are at Calvary, and the battle has reached it's peak. Jesus is lifted up from the earth, rejected and alone. A clamor is heard through the legions of hell. Every demonic spirit is coming out of hiding roaring from their hiding places.
In Psalm 22, David's prophecy, he said, the bulls compassed Him about. They gaped on Him with their mouth. His tongue cleaveth to his jaws. He says, the dogs (evil spirits) compassed me about and the assembly of the wicked enclosed me.
I am trying to paint a spiritual picture of Calvary.
A cry goes out from the leader of the legions of darkness: Fight neither with small or great save only with the King of Israel.(I Kings 22:31)
Death is there nearby and with him the darkness that covers the land at noonday. A darkness like the one that covered Egypt at the first passover: A darkness that can be felt. The battle seems to waver. It is one against many. Our champion cries out: "I thirst." It seems our King is weakening. But look, with every drop of blood that flows down that cross, Satan's kingdom is suffering loss. The walls of hell are beginning to shake. And now a cry from the cross, "It is finished." Satan thinks he has won. Jesus has trodden the wine press alone. The year of the redeemed is come. (Isaiah 63:3)
"It is finished." Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.(Isaiah 53:4-5)
The prisoners are free! Death has lost it's grip! All that Adam lost, Jesus regained, and He did it for you and for me. Satan is defeated on his own battlefield.
The Bible says in I Corinthians 2:8, Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
The cross is the symbol of a battlefield where the greatest victory of all time took place.
1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us.
This victory that cost Jesus so much, this battle that He fought alone, it was our battle that He fought and our victory that He won.
Sometimes we look at the headlines and the news and we get to thinking that evil is winning. I am sure that's what Satan thought that day. But then along comes Easter, along comes the cross, and I realize that because of Jesus, WE WIN!
No enemy is strong enough, no prison is tight enough, no grave is deep enough, no stone is big enough, to hold our Lord. Because of His victory, Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head. (Isaiah 51:11)
Don't let the Joy Robbers, the Nit-Pickers, the Pharisees of our day, the headlines, or anything else rob you of the joy of Easter. There is joy in His victory.
How does eternal life strike you? How does never having to worry about dying make you feel?
How does seeing our loved ones again sound to you?
How does being adopted as children by the Almighty God set with you?
Are you sharing in the victory?
Jesus won it for you. He wants you to have it.
One of Jesus' last instructions to His disciples before He ascended was that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name. That was His purpose, so we could have remission.
Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Whosoever believes in Him shall receive remission of sins.
Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
Hebrews 9:22, without shedding of blood is no remission.
Do you believe that Jesus is alive?
He said to John in Revelation 1:18, I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
Satan can't hold you in his prison. If you will come to Jesus, He has the keys.
CALVARY: BATTLEFIELD MARKER