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As His People, We Built the Cross.

Acts 5:27-28 New International Version (NIV)

27 The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”

Wednesday - April 22 - Read Acts 5:27-28

The Gospel is always a threat to the Law. We, created human beings are

constantly trying to use the Law as a means to gain power and control. In

our daily lives this control looks like “self-improvement.” If I eat more kale or

do more pushups then I will be healthier. We have this same mentality with

our faith life. If I do more nice things and do lots of religious stuff then I will

be a better Christian and get a better place in heaven. But the cross is an

accusation against our legalistic self-salvation projects! YOU killed Jesus. You

rejected the grace, mercy and love of Jesus in the attempt to gain more

power and control. Like the Jewish leaders we do not like to hear this, but it

is the beginning of freedom. The cross is an accusation, but also forgiveness!

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