To venable (verb): To randomly muse upon this and that.

Is that true? Is it true that there is room at the cross for you? What do you think? Let us then take some time to consider the issues that the statement raises.

YES, THERE IS!! The first thing we have to assert is that it is most wonderfully true that there is room for us at the cross. By this we mean that the blood of Jesus Christ is sufficient to cleanse the sins of all who come to Him. Never will anyone ever be able to say that there was no salvation for them at the cross. The great gospel summary verse rings loud and true, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Everyone who believes in Christ is saved. That is for definite; there are no exceptions. There is room at the cross. None need keep away fearing that they will not be accepted.

Moreover, there is room at the cross to deal with all the sins of those who believe. In 1 John 1:9 we read, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” We must notice the ‘all’ there. Every bit of unrighteousness is cleansed by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. There is never any reason to fear that we will be damned on account of any sin we have committed. When we have true faith in Jesus we can know all our sins are forgiven. His blood cleanses even the biggest sins. What a wonderful salvation this is. How we should rejoice and be thankful!.

NO, THERE IS NOT!! However, there is a sense that there is no room at the cross for us. This is because it is only Jesus who is the Saviour. He Himself, and He alone, has achieved the mighty eternal act of salvation. ‘He himself bore our sins’ in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24). It is the default position of the human being that we want to do something to achieve our own salvation. The pride that is resident in our hearts moves us to want to contribute to our own acceptance with God. And the ultimate way of doing this is to give ourselves totally in a sacrificial way; to offer ourselves on the cross. This thinking is of man, it is of the flesh and although we might consider such a sacrifice to be admirable it is hellish, satanic thinking.

It is only Jesus who can achieve salvation. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor. 5:21). Only Jesus, who is the sinless, eternal, Son of God who died as the Son of Man, could do this.

Let us unpack this a bit further. On the cross the Lord Jesus made a full and sufficient payment for the sins of all His people. The resurrection of our Saviour proves that His salvation work is done. Many would happily say that Jesus, salvation work is great in itself. But they go on to conclude that it is not enough. They therefore determine to do something themselves to “top-up” that salvation and guarantee their acceptance by God. In doing this they are taking their place alongside his cross to achieve salvation. This is totally wrong.

Paul deals with this thinking in Romans 10:6-8. There we read: ‘But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down) ‘or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’[ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim.”

If we undertake some big work, even to the extent of going to heaven or going down to hell to boost our standing before God, we are taking away from the work of Christ. We are saying he must come and live again and die again and be raised again. We are saying to our LORD that what you did in coming to die on the cross to take away our sins was not enough.

But the reality is it is enough. So we lay before people that they have nothing to contribute to their salvation. Salvation is fully achieved by our Saviour. They simply must believe. They must call on the Name of the LORD and thereby they will be saved.

Accordingly, we glory in the full sufficiency of the blood shed by our Saviour on the cross to save us from our sins, whilst simultaneously not taking any credit for our salvation ourselves. No other religion has anything of this ilk, because this is the only true religion.

Taken (and adapted) from the Feltham Evangelical Church newsletter of August 2013

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