Cross to the Throne
GARDEN TO THE CROSS
- Step 1: Jesus conquered our emotional conditions.
- Step 2: Jesus conquered our physical conditions.
CROSS TO THE THRONE
- Step 3: Jesus conquered our spiritual conditions.
Our spiritual condition was comprised of (1) the power of sin, (2) satan’s authority, (3) and the power of death.
Jesus Conquered Sin
1 Peter 2:24 (AMP) He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross [willingly offering Himself on it, as on an altar of sacrifice], so that we might die to sin [becoming immune from the penalty and power of sin] and live for righteousness.
God’s goal was to deliver you from sin’s power and penalty.
1 Timothy 2:6 (NLV) He [Jesus] gave His life for all men so they could go free and not be held by the power of sin.
Romans 8:2 (NLV) The power of the Holy Spirit has made me free from the power of sin and death. This power is mine because I belong to Christ Jesus.
We don’t struggle with sin because of it’s power, but because of our view. We give ourselves way too many excuses to stay bound.
Romans 6:11 (GW) Consider yourselves dead to sin’s power but living for God in the power Christ Jesus gives you.
Jesus Conquered Satan
Colossians 2:15 (Barclay) On the cross He [Jesus] stripped the demonic powers and authorities of their power.
Colossians 1:13 (DLNT) [God] delivered us out of the authority of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. You never have to fear the devil, or his accusations.
Jesus Conquered Death
John 19:28-30 (NIV) Knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty . . . .” 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Jesus has successfully carried our griefs and sorrows, our sicknesses and diseases, and now our sin and sin’s punishment. He fulfills Psalm 69:21 . . . “they gave me vinegar for my thirst.”
Luke 23:45-46 (NLV) In the house of God the curtain was torn in two pieces. Then Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Father, into Your hands I give My spirit.” When He said this, He died.
1 Peter 3:18-19 (NIV) For Christ suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits.
Jesus descends into Hades—a holding place—purgatory. Jesus talks about it in Luke 16:22-26. He preaches the gospel to them and . . .
Matthew 27:51-53 (MSG) There was an earthquake, and rocks were split in pieces. What’s more, tombs were opened up, and many bodies of believers asleep in their graves were raised. (After Jesus’ resurrection, they left the tombs, entered the holy city, and appeared to many.)
Revelation 1:18 (NIV) I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
Jesus conquered death’s holding place so you would never have to go there.
2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:54-55 (KJV) So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin.
Death’s sting is removed. We do not have to fear death or hell anymore.