Brothers and sisters, when we confess our faith in Jesus, it is not merely believing that Jesus died for us so that we can go to heaven. When we confess our faith in Jesus, we are not accepted by God because there is anything good in us to merit his acceptance. As it is written “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”

But here is the good news! “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Tonight, we are remembering the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As we think about the cross tonight, let’s intercede in prayer for our church that we would recognize that there was and is no other hope of salvation except in Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

Heavenly Father,
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!
Lord, help us to know more fully that the wages of sin is death. We who are unrighteous were a people condemned to eternal punishment and the price for our sin was infinite in measure not because of what sin we had committed but because of who we had sinned against.

Even if we sacrifice ourselves and died for all eternity in hell, we could never repay the price of sin. And that’s why Jesus, you alone could pay it.

This is a mercy undeserved. 
This is a grace we could have never imagined.

We pause tonight and are captivated by the beauty of God as you died in our place for our sins that we might have eternal life and salvation in You. We confess our faith in Jesus Christ tonight.

And just as you died on the cross, we too have put to death our sin on the cross. We are reminded that the new life we have in You is not a fresh new me. But the new life we have is Your life Jesus, now living in us. The old has gone and the new has come.

We repent of our sins tonight.
We wage war against all our unrepentant hearts.

I pray that as we remember the cross tonight, You would bring revelation to us all the sweet mercy and grace of the Gospel.

In Jesus name we pray,
Amen!