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Summary: The gift of the cross, and the way to the cross so that we might recieve the gift!

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The Way of the Cross

Matthew 10:38

And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

Matthew 16:24

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

1 Corinthians 1:18

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

The cross is given to us by Our heavenly father as the greatest gift we will ever come to know.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life!

God Loved us so much that He made such great sacrifices for us to give us such an awesome gift. This gift is His Son Jesus Christ crucified on Calvary’s Cross. The gift is free, there is no charge for it! People have lost their souls trying to buy it, sell it, and yes even make a profit from it! God has made it freely available to all, rich, poor, black, red, yellow, brown, and white alike! The employed, unemployed, the underemployed, God has made it free to all!

The Gift!

Most of us realize that God gave us the gift when Jesus died on the cross. Some of the Saints of old, made it plain for us and stated that we received the gift when became aware of the cross. How many remember those great hymns of old we used to sing like “Glory to His name”?

Down at the cross where my Savior died,

Down where for cleansing from sin I cried,

There to my heart was the blood applied;

Glory to His Name!

Refrain

Glory to His Name, glory to His Name:

There to my heart was the blood applied;

Glory to His Name!

I am so wondrously saved from sin,

Jesus so sweetly abides within;

There at the cross where He took me in;

Glory to His Name!

Refrain

Oh, precious fountain that saves from sin,

I am so glad I have entered in;

There Jesus saves me and keeps me clean;

Glory to His Name!

Refrain

Come to this fountain so rich and sweet,

Cast thy poor soul at the Savior’s feet;

Plunge in today, and be made complete;

Glory to His Name!

I want to draw your attention to a little known fact. That you have the cross as part of your make up and design. It is as if the creator has already, signed you with the cross, and we just need to be filled with the Holy Ghost so we can be delivered! Stevie Wonder would has just said “signed, sealed, and delivered, baby I am yours!”

Most of us are unaware, that God has his stamp on us! We belong to him! When someone makes a product or manufactures something they usually put a trade mark or stamp on it so that others will know who made it. The stamp or mark is also useful in case for some reason the product needs to be returned to the manufacture for any reason, it might become broken, it might malfunction, some of the parts might wear out, some unknown defect might show up down the road, and the product will need to be recalled so the manufacture can make repairs.

Most of us are not aware, but God has put his stamp on us! There is a protein in the body called laminin.


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