When I started church shopping in Miami after I decided to come back to God, I noticed a big difference between the crosses in Catholic Churches and the Protestant Churches. I discovered the reason is rather simple.
The Catholic Church shows Jesus Suffering on the Cross.
They show him with the crown of thorns, dead and crucified. It would be OK if that was the end of the story, but it isn’t.
Though Jesus’ suffering is important because in it, He took our sins away. What happened 3 days later is what’s more important.
He defeated not just sin, but death.
The Protestant Cross Focuses on the Resurrection
You might think that’s it’s too plain, but that’s the thing — Jesus is gone! He’s not still hanging on the cross. He defeated death and is now seated at the right hand of the Father in all His glory in Heaven preparing a place for us. (John 14:2)
That’s the fundamental difference between the Catholic and Protestant Churches. The Catholics leave you hanging on the cross without showing you that by Jesus’ resurrection, you have eternal life — a 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven!
And to prove it to you, I turn to Jesus’ words on the cross to the thief beside Him…
One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!”
But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”
And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”Luke 23:39-43
It’s Your Choice!
If you want the assurance of a 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven, this is what you have to do…
Believe. Repent. Be Baptized. Receive the Holy Spirit.
- Believe — have Faith — that Jesus is the Christ and He died taking your sins away forever.
- Repent of your sins — stop sinning! Do a complete 180 in your life and surrender your life to Him.
- Be Baptized — show the world and yourself that you have died to your old life and are born again in Christ.
- Receive the Holy Spirit in your heart.
Pray this prayer humbly and wholeheartedly…
“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins. Please forgive me. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life to you. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior. I will follow you for the rest of my life. Thank You for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Soli Deo Gloria — to God Alone be the Glory!
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