THE CROSS: OUR SECURITY AND THE END OF CONDEMNATION
Many people wear cross ornaments, such as necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, for personal protection, but the cross is only a representation of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done in our lives. Our security is coming directly from our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, who is now seated on the right hand of our Heavenly Father praying for us. As we read our daily devotion today, Jesus is not on the cross, He has risen from the dead, and He will never die on the cross again because He will only die on the cross once and for all for the sins of the world (1 Peter 3:18). So when we pray, we pray to our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive in heaven. That is where our Lord Jesus Christ hears our prayers as He is also praying for us.
When we believe in our Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are no longer condemned for our past sin because Jesus has paid the penalty of our sin, and God has forgiven us. Satan always wants to remind us of our past sins to condemn us and make us feel guilty and ashamed. But when we look at the cross, we are reminded that our Lord Jesus Christ has died for our sin. Therefore, we are forgiven, no matter what we have done. It is not about having a cross to wear, but it is about what we believe of what Jesus has done on the cross for us. So when we see a cross, we need to remind ourselves of how much Jesus loves us. We need to thank and praise our Lord for giving His life for us so that we can be forgiven and live.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is no longer on the cross that we see on churches or on the ornaments that we wear because Jesus is now sitting on the right hand of our Heavenly Father praying for us. He is also living in us as He is in heaven. John 14:23 says, "Jesus answered him, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him." Our security is in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is in us, and not on the cross that we wear.
Ask yourself these questions: What is the cross represents? Where does my security come from? Where is Jesus now? What is He doing on my behalf?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you for teaching and reminding me this morning that my security is in the person of my Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you that my Lord Jesus has risen from the dead and that the cross represents what He has done in my life. Thank you for everything that you have done in my life. I give you all the glory, honor, and praise. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.