Victory & Faith
“Three Crosses” will take a look at the crosses on Calvary when Jesus was crucified and lead us from a place of our inability to a place where we experience God’s great ability.
We find the account of the three crosses in Luke 23
Luke 23:26, 32-33, 39-43 // 26 “Now as they led Him away…32 There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left… 39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”
40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.””
Here in this story, we find the account of three different individuals.
We all have hopes and dreams that we‘d like to see come to pass.
We all have mountains that stand in our way that we’d like to see moved.
We all have attacks from the enemy that we’d like to see desist.
We’ve all put our hands to something that doesn’t seem to be prospering.
In those moments we recognize the need for a miracle.
God wants us to experience victory in all of these areas!
We’ve pointed out that there’s a message in the three crosses that can move us from places of frustration and human inability to places of satisfaction and miracles.
The first cross represents the need for us to come to the end of ourselves if we are to live in the miraculous.
Luke 23:41 // We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve...
The second criminal embraced an attitude of guild and condemnation.
To freely receive from the hand of a good God, we must crucify that criminal of guilt and condemnation. We can do so because we placed our faith in the shed blood of Jesus.
Romans 8:1 // “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 1:12 // “Your hearts can soar with joyful gratitude when you think of how God made you worthy to receive
With pride out of the way and our guilt crucified, all that is left is the cross in the middle.
Where we find faith and total victory!
John 19:17-18, 28-30 // “17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle... 28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”
29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
On this cross we find an attitude of faith and victory in the statement, “It is finished.”
Ephesians 4:8-10 // 8...When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” 9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended...
Before Jesus ascended to heaven, there was more work to be done. Yet prior to His descent and substitution, Jesus declared “it is finished!”
What we find in His statement “it is finished” is the perfect example of an attitude we must embrace if we are to walk in the miraculous.
An attitude of FAITH!
Hebrews 11:1 // What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.
An attitude of faith that receives the end, no matter how it begins.
•We see this faith in Jehoshaphat!
•We see this faith in the woman with the issue of blood.
•And we see it with Jesus on that middle cross when He declared, “It is finished” even when work was still to be accomplished!
Colossians 2:22,15 // “15...God raised Him from the dead...16 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
We see after three days in the grave, the power of God showed up to disarm the power of the enemy
Revelation 1:17-18 // “17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”
Matthew 28:18 // “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”
He stripped Satan of his right to withstand or attack you!
1 John 3:8 // For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”
In this stone rolled away moment, we find the culmination of His “it is finished” statement.
We find three crosses ahead of us
The cross of arrogance and price where we come to the end of ourselves and put total trust in God alone.
The cross where we lay down our guilt and condemnation for mercy and complete forgiveness.
The cross of Victory and Faith that receives and declares the promise of God at the beginning of a matter before the battle every begins.
How do you receive a miracle?
Lay down your pride & striving and put all your trust in God.
Lay down the guilt that tells you that you don’t qualify and embrace that the blood of Jesus has made you worthy to receive!
Receive right now in your heart the promise of God by declaring “it is mine, I have it now.”
Jesus declared, “it is finished” three days before it ever was.