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To understand the significance of The Cross, one must first imagine the horrific scene on Calvary hill. It was immediately outside Jerusalem’s walls where Jesus hung, His earthly body nailed to a cross.
In those days, a cross was a means by which convicted criminals were put to death. Crucifixion was perfected by the Roman empire as a manner of execution; the convicted were humiliatingly stripped bare then nailed to a cross hung outside the city walls for all to gawk at as one died.
Jesus, the most innocent man in all the world, was found guilty of crime and sentenced to death on a cross.
Matthew 27:45-50 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lemasabachthani?” (“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.” Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.” And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.
Though the savior of the world could have saved Himself, Jesus chose to save us instead!
Sadly, during this time while many witnessed Jesus being executed, certain followers of Jesus became disheartened that He was not the earthly king they previously understood Him to be. His closely knit companions abandon Him in fear. From His original intimate group of twelve, only John stood at the foot of Jesus as He hung to die.
It was not until the body of Jesus succumbed to earthly death by giving up His spirit that people, including many doubters present and watching at Calvary, began to understand something magnificent was happening.
Matthew 27:51-52 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open.
Through Jesus’ resurrection—He once was dead then came to life three days later—a cross turned into The Cross!
Matthew 27:53-54 The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people. When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
Those previous followers who abandon Jesus in fear—Peter in particular—came back! They realized the power of The Cross. Literally, A Cross is itself not power. But The Cross is the means by which Jesus sacrificed Himself to death and now symbolizes eternal life for Christians. That, dear believers, is truth we Christians need to remember daily.
On The Cross, Jesus offered us His love—love so deep it remains unmatched.
I believe it is good to have a daily reminder to reflect upon, to wake up to, keeping us focused on His sacrificial love so that we remember all that The Cross offers:
- God’s mercy
- God’s grace
- conquers death
- mends broken hearts
- removes fear
- offers hope
- provides peace
- just to name a few. . .
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God Is Good!
On a side note, after I finished writing this post I got in my car to go out. At The Cross, by Chris Tomlin, was the first song to come on the Christian radio station that I always listen to! Coincidence? No! God is always speaking.
God is so good to us—always loving on and communing with us. One simply needs to pay attention to the details in life, each and every day, to hear, feel and know His presence surrounds us! Thank you, Lord, for loving on me daily.