Published March 24, 2015

Paul's Epistle...
"What Will You Do?"

Questions. Every day is filled with questions. What to do about this, what to do about that. That's the way life is.

But, after all is said and done, after all of those everyday questions are decided, there is only one question that you absolutely must answer in this life. Just one! And, upon your answer to that question rests the entirety of your eternity.

The question is simply this: What will you do with Christ on the Cross? Do you really understand why He had to die on the Cross? Do you accept what He did there or don't you?

Not everyone gets the answer right. In fact, most don't. Even the two criminals hanging on crosses on either side of Jesus were divided. One ridiculed the Lord. The other sought forgiveness, calling upon Jesus: "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom" (Luke 23:42). In those two differing responses to the Cross, two eternal destinies were decided that day. Only one was promised to be in Paradise with the Lord.

The Cross was the most inglorious form of capital punishment the Romans could inflict. It was bloody. It was ultimately demeaning. It was terribly gruesome. Corpses were hung on highly-visible crosses along public roads, showcasing Rome's power over life and death.

But Jesus' death wasn't an accident. Hardly. God knew all about it from the start. It was, in fact, the capstone of God's redemptive plan for a fallen race. A plan for you. A plan for me. If we accept what Christ did on the Cross, our names are added to the "Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev. 13:8). God knew.

The Cross had to happen. The Lord taught His disciples in advance "that the Son of Man must suffer many things...and be killed..." (Mark 9:31). Notice that word "must!" It had to happen to fulfill God's plan. Without the shedding of blood there would be no remission for sin (Heb. 9:22). Every one of us would be eternally lost and bound for hell. Many thousands of Old Testament animal sacrifices pointed to the ultimate, once-for-all sacrifice on the Cross.

But we must get back to that question, because it doesn't answer itself: What will you do as a result of the Lord's death on the Cross? Do you accept what He did there? Do you, like the thief on the cross, ask for forgiveness? Or do you mock the Lord by saying His death was of no lasting significance? The latter, in fact, is the default answer if there is no response at all.

Recently the Booth Brothers recorded a song with the convicting title, "What Will You Do With Him On The Cross." Consider carefully the words:

   There's blood on the cross; He's dying
   There are tears on His face; He's crying
   There's power in each drop of His blood
   With each falling tear, He's aching with love

   There are nails in His hands; He's bleeding
   There's love in His eyes; He's pleading
   It's finished; He's done all He can do
   Now those nail-pierced Hands are reaching out to you

   Oh, what will you do with Him on the Cross
   Why can't you see; Your soul is lost
   Take Him; don't forsake Him
   He paid all the cost
   Oh, what will you do with Him on the Cross
   Oh, what will you do, what will you do
   With the Lord?

That's the ultimate question. And it's a question everyone absolutely must answer. It's a question you personally must answer. Before it's too late. And your answer will truly have eternal significance.

- Paul

*"What Will You Do With Him On The Cross," written by Ernie Goff, Don McHan, Billy Ready; Pilot Point Music/Psalmsinger Music, lyrics used by permission of Billy Ready.

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