Message by Pastor Rudy Dolloso
Transcribed by Rachel Marie
(For) it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. (Hebrews 2:10, ESV)
1. The cross is the most fitting form of salvation because it corresponds with God’s plan for creation (or His character).
The way of salvation is not coincidental or by chance; rather, perfect of God’s character.
The Author of Salvation poured Himself into the solution:
Creation was done through a single word (Genesis 1:1). He spoke the world into existence. Salvation, however, was something else. It was not enough to speak salvation into motion, so the God of the Universe sends down the Word, and He becomes flesh (John 1:1).
2. The cross is the most fitting form of salvation because Jesus becomes a perfect pioneer for our salvation.
Christ, the radiance of God’s glory (Hebrews 1:8), is perfect. How, then, is He made more perfect through suffering?
Christ’s experience in the human flesh made him to be the perfect candidate to be our savior because He experienced what it meant to be human. Imagine this: The God who made us came down to experience what we experience: putting into practice obedience, suffering, resisting temptation and the like.
3. The cross is the most fitting form of salvation because of what is accomplished through the Crucifixion.
Christ’s death and resurrection– His suffering– allows us to later experience glory.
Take note, though, that because we are followers of Christ, we, too, will experience suffering…
John 15:20– Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. (John 15:20, ESV)
2 Timothy 3:12– Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
…but it will be worth it.
Romans 8:18– I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.