The Cross

Read:

". . . He has made from one man every nation of mankind . . ." Acts 17:26

Reflect:

When Christ came into the world, He asked for nothing except a cross on which to die. To us the cross stands as a symbol of sacrifice, but that's not all there is to the cross. The cross is, and was, an outward, visible explanation of God’s character. It tells us He is love itself. It tells us He’s Holy and righteous, He hates sin and He makes the first move to reconcile us and bring us back home in His presence.

The very idea that we are sinners in need of rescue is extremely unpopular today. Owning up to the darkened state we are in without God falls on deaf ears. Yet, none of us can drive down a busy street, or walk through a crowded mall without seeing the fallen state of life without God. For all of us, our hope for a richer, deeper, more meaningful existence is being reconciled through the work of the cross. 

It was the cross that broke down racial and economic barriers to claim the world as its field of work. Calvary made obvious what was already true. That God loved each and every one of us. Not because of our merits or means, but because we are made in His image, we are made for His love. 

When Christ died, He died for all. And when He did, there was a new worth placed on our soul. Every person, regardless of intellect or identity, successful or struggling, downgraded or distinguished, is someone for whom Christ died. None can be rejected or refused the opportunity of knowing God through Jesus. 

The cross stands as the assurance of God’s unmerited love. It offers a safeguard against impatience towards others, seeing that He died for all from worldliness, seeing that He’s proved that the value of life is in things unseen. It created a power of love that overrides all our self-imposed limitations, our prefabricated distinctions, by bringing us all to the foot of the cross.

Respond:

How does the cross shape your view of others?