The Mystery Of The Cross – By Oyekunle Sunday

The Mystery Of The Cross – By Oyekunle Sunday

Topic: The mystery of the cross

Bible text: Matthew 26:36-46

This topic is the essence of our Christianity because our past is hung on the cross. Our present victory is on the cross. And our future is decided by the cross.

There is flood of light in Jesus Name…

Just mutter tongues as the teaching progress and we dive into depths..

We have two key words here: MYSTERY and CROSS.

Mystery: is something secret or unexplainable; an unknown. But thank God we have the Holy Spirit the great teacher who explain all things and make all secrets known. As new testament ministers, we don’t preach mysteries, we reveal mysteries by the insight of the Holy Spirit.

Cross: In the context of this study; Cross is a wooden part with a perpendicular beam attached and used(especially in the Roman empire) to execute Criminals (by crucifixion).

If you want to be a genuine follower of Christ, you must begin to experience the realities of the cross work and walk.

I will be unraveling three powerful things about the CROSS in this study as the Spirit gives utterances.

 1. The CROSS is the tool Christ used for our SALVATION from the Nature of SIN.{1Cor2:7-8, Ephesians2:13-18}.

“But we speak the wisdom of God in a MYSTERY, even the HIDDEN WISDOM, which God ordained before the world unto our GLORY. Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have CRUCIFIED the Lord of glory.”

The Cross is from a wooden TREE. By a TREE, all natural humans experienced spiritual death and condemnation in Adam.

“And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for good; the TREE OF LIFE also in the MIDST of the garden, and the TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL… And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat.But of the tree of the KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL, thou shalt NOT eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely DIE”{Gen2:9-17}.

The Lord made all kinds of trees to grew out of the ground. But a careful look and study makes you know that there is an exemption for two trees. { Tree of Life and Tree of Knowledge of good and evil}.

The Tree of Life is an emblem of Jesus who gives everlasting Life. Why the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil is an emblem of Devil who gives everlasting death because Devil has been demoted from heaven before the creation of the earth {Isa14:12-15, John10:1-10}.

So the  two special trees were put in the midst of the garden by God. As God created man with a free will. He will choose if he wants LIFE or DEATH.

Looking at Gen2:16-17: God gave Adam the free will to eat ALL including the tree of LIFE and warned him not to eat the tree of Knowledge of good and evil because it represents DEATH.

Now let’s see what happened next:

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die. For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were OPENED, and they knew that they were NAKED; and they sewed FIG LEAVES together, and made themselves APRONS. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.And Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the TREES OF THE GARDEN. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was AFRAID, because I was NAKED; and I HID MYSELF { Gen3:1-10}.

The Devil tempted Adam and Eve through the Serpent, they ate from the forbidden tree, lost their spiritual sight, boldness and faith in God. When this happened to Adam and Eve, it happened to all human beings.

“For ALL have SINNED, and COME SHORT of the GLORY of God” { Rom3:23}.

By Another tree which is the CROSS, Jesus the RIGHTEOUS ONE accepted the SIN of the whole world, lost the presence of God and died.  With the shameful death of the CROSS, Jesus restored Spiritual life and Salvation for as many that will believe in Him{Matt27:45-46, Rom3:24}.

“For the wages of SIN is DEATH; but the GIFT OF GOD is ETERNAL LIFE through JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD”{Rom6:23}.

So any sinner who believes and confess Jesus as Lord and Savior becomes Born again and the nature of Righteousness is given to him/her.

{John3:3-18, Rom5:19, 2Cor5:17,21}.

As you’re reading, thank God for the gift of Salvation in Christ Jesus.

2. The CROSS is the tool Christ used for our Deliverance from generational curses, family strongholds and sicknesses.

“Christ hath REDEEMED us from the CURSE OF THE LAW, being made a CURSE FOR US: for it is written, CURSED is every one that HANGETH on a TREE”

“Who his own self bare our SINS in his OWN BODY on the TREE, that we, being dead to SINS, should live unto RIGHTEOUSNESS: by whose STRIPES ye were HEALED.” {Gal3:13, 1 Peter2:24}.

The whole generation of natural human kind inherited a Curse in Adam and Eve:

 ” Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy SORROW and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth CHILDREN; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.   And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: CURSED is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou RETURN {Gen3:16-19}.

A generational blessing is also made available in one Man Christ Jesus, because He has put an end to ALL CURSES on the CROSS by saying it is FINISHED.

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, IT IS FINISHED: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ORDINANCES that was against US, which was contrary to US, and took it out of the way, nailing it to HIS CROSS; And having spoiled PRINCIPALITIES and POWERS, he made a shew of them OPENLY, TRIUMPHING over THEM in IT” {John19:30, Col2:12-15}.

If you’re already saved in Christ Jesus and you know this personally, You are free and free indeed from bondages and curses{John8:32,36}.

As a believer there is nothing like you’re suffering from family curse, inherited sin, inherited yoke or strongholds from parents or forefathers. It is not the gospel of the cross { Lev17:11, Jer31:29-30, Eze18:1-20, Rom3:24-25}.

No matter what a man of God preaches about this issue, the Word of God is superior to his word and experiences{Rom3:3-4}.

If you are a Believer and you’re still in bondage of these elements, it is a result of your Ignorance, Unbelief, Spiritual laziness, Unrenewed mind and Negative thoughts. All these creates a greater stronghold than what Christ has set you free from. {Hosea4:6, Heb4:1-11, Rom12:1-2, Gal4:1-8,   Proverbs23:7}.

In essence, the only provision the Cross offers you is generational blessings through faith and obedience { Gal3:1-29}

Let a believer that has gotten this light thank God because he is no longer in any evil or generational chain………..

 3. The CROSS is the only tool Christ will use for US to become like Him i.e Conformation to His Stature.

This is talking about the maintenance of the eternal life of God we have received at the point of our initial Salvation {Zoe: John1:12, 3:16}

Through one man Adam, all lost the gift of eternal life in the garden of Eden as a result of Disobedience:

“And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the TREE OF LIFE, and eat, and LIVE FOR EVER.Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the TREE OF LIFE.”{Gen3:22-24}.

Through the obedience of one man Jesus, there was restoration of the eternal life because He paid the penalty of Sin and went to Hell on behalf of every sinful mankind.

He went to hell, took the Key of the gate of Hell and eternal death away from devil. He makes the key  of eternal life available for as many that believes  and will follow Him to the end. {1 Cor15:55-58 and Rev1:17-18}.

Now talking about the preservation of the eternal life; Luke9:23 says:

“And he said to them ALL, If any MAN will come after me, let him DENY HIMSELF, and take up HIS CROSS DAILY, and FOLLOW Me.”

WHAT DOES IT MEANS TO CARRY THE CROSS DAILY?:

Believing in the work of Christ brought our SALVATION and Justification { i. e Restoration of the nature of righteousness and Gift of the Holy Spirit. Rom8:14-16}.

But the Likeness which is the Character of Christ will not be formed in us if we don’t carry the Cross and follow Jesus daily {1Cor15:31-57, Phil1:19-21, 2 Cor4:16-18}.

So I carry the CROSS DAILY by:

1. Daily learning of Christ through the knowledge of the Word of God and Prayer {Matt11:28-30, Luke18:1,  2Tim3:15-17, Phil4:4-8}.

2. Daily denial of the flesh(the old man Gal5:19-21, 1Cor9:27): The flesh is not your skin or mortal body. The flesh/old man is your spirit that was separated from God through the Sin of Adam. It used to control you before you know Christ{Rom6:20-21}. However at the point of Salvation, a new spirit was given to you by the Spirit of God. So the old sinful spirit is now powerless over you but fully alive to the Devil. The flesh/Self remains an enemy and separated from God because it can’t obey or please God in righteousness. But your new spirit is alive to God and righteousness because the Spirit of God is dwelling in you now. Daily obedience to the Word of God instead of the suggestion of your Flesh is know as SELF DENIAL, MORTIFYING or KILLING the FLESH { Rom8:1-13, Gal5:13-21, Rom6:1-22).

3. Daily living in the Spirit: This is obedience to the Word of God and living in love no matter the cost.

{Gal5:22-25, Rom8:14-39, Rom13:8-14, 1John3:1-18}

4. Daily Suffering with Christ:

Before the Crown of Glory, there is a Cross. This suffering is positive but it can be painful at times. You can’t manifest the Glory of Christ without sharing in the suffering of Christ:

“That I may KNOW Him, and the POWER of His RESURRECTION, and the fellowship of His SUFFERINGS, being made CONFORMABLE unto his DEATH” { Phil3:10}.

This suffering include:

{i}Preaching the gospel always:

{John15:2, Mark16:15-18}

{ii} Enduring trials with Joy: {James1:2-4, 2Tim2:1-5, Heb12:2-3}.

{iii}Fulfilling purpose for Christ alone:

{Matt5:13-16, 2 Tim4:7-8, 1 John2:15-17, 2Tim2:19-21}.

Can somebody whose heart has been illuminated with the light of God’s Word thank Him for the edification and ministration of the Spirit of Life.

Join me as we take this hymn together:

HYMN 13: I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS

1. I have decided to follow Jesus;

I have decided to follow Jesus;

I have decided to follow Jesus;

No turning back, no turning back.

2. Tho’ none go with me, I still will follow;

Tho’ none go with me, I still will follow;

Tho’ none go with me, I still will follow

No turning back, no turning back.

3. My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;

My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;

My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;

No turning back, no turning back.

4. The world behind me, the cross before me;

The world behind me, the cross before me;

The world behind me, the cross before me;

No turning back, no turning back

Turn this to prayer:

* The cross before me Lord, the world beside me🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️

He that put his hands to the plough and looking back is not fit for the kingdom of God.

* I received grace to focus and carry the cross daily

* Lord, am not ashamed of the cross daily. I speak and live for the cross daily🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️

Your goldly heart desires are granted in Jesus Name…

Verse of the day:

“And HE said to them ALL, IF any MAN will COME after me, let him DENY HIMSELF, and take up HIS CROSS DAILY, and FOLLOW ME” {Luke9:23}.

 Action point: Fellowship with the Lord daily in study of the Word of God, Pray in the Holy Ghost daily, walk in Love and obedience to God always by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

Shalom!

©Oyekunle Sunday

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