The Purpose of the Cross

Blood of Jesus - Shinchonji

What a great time to reflect on the purpose of the cross. Why is it that Jesus had to bear the cross? Why did God allow the blood of His son to be shed? What is expected of us today?

2000 years ago Jesus shed his blood to atone for man’s sin (Heb 10:10-14). Through the sacrifice of one man the sins of many were taken away. This took place at the time of the first coming, but what does the rest of Hebrews 9:28 say concerning Jesus’ return?

“Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many;
and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”

When does salvation come? When can we truly claim to ‘be saved’?

2000 years ago Jesus shed his blood to atone for our sins so that today we can be made into the perfect and holy kingdom and priests of God, those who have been purchased by Jesus’ blood and sealed with the seal of the living God (Rv 5:9-10; Rv 7:2-4).

The 144,000 who have been sealed and born of God’s seed, the word of truth (Rv 7:4; James 1:18), are those who can sing the new song (Rv 14:3).

If you don’t know what the ‘new song’ is, can you sing it?

Those who are singing the new song, the 144,000,  are gathered at Mount Zion, together with God and Jesus (Rv 14:1).

Today is the time when we can learn the new song!
Today we must be those who are harvested and sealed according to the prophecies in the New Testament (Mt 13: 24-30; Rv 14:14-16; Rv 7:2-4).

What was God’s hope and desire as He allowed the blood of His son to be shed?

God desires to create His eternal kingdom here on earth, as it is in heaven, His holy nation and treasured possession, His kingdom of priests (Ex 19:5-6), those who have been purchased with the blood of  Jesus.

Today is the time when Jesus’ blood comes into full effect. Today is the time we can truly receive salvation.

Have you been purchased? Have you been harvested and sealed? Can you sing the new song?

Now is the time! Let us not be like those living at the time of Noah, who lost the opportunity of salvation by not getting on the Ark because they did not recognize or understand the time they were living in.

Let us be those who fulfill God’s hope!

New Leather Boots

I read this on ShinchonjiUnmasked and really wanted to share it.

There once lived a poor boy, and though he was poor, it was no fault of his own. His father had been poor, his father’s father had been poor, and his father’s father’s father had been poor.

Upon his feet the poor boy wore tattered sandals held together with bits of cloth and twine. One day a traveling messenger gave him a pair of leather boots, new and sturdy.

With joy, the child pulled on the marvelous boots. But after a short while, the unfamiliar leather began to rub, and blisters formed on the boy’s feet. In pain, he pulled the gifts from his feet. In anger he cast them away. And with a smile he tied the old tattered sandals upon his feet once more. For though the new  was better, the old and familiar was more comfortable.

The messenger, watching unseen, sighed with sadness.

New Boots SCJ

Luke 5:39
“And no one after drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘The old is better.’”

Credit: ShinchonjiUnmasked, “New Leather Boots”