The cross of Jesus Christ is the subject of many a sermon, article, book, and volumes of theological commentary, and rightly so because it is the defining moment of the Father’s ultimate purpose for sending His Son. That’s why as one with a teaching gift it becomes difficult to write a short blog concerning the subject. The cross is too big and too important to be written about without numerous bullet points and paragraphs of exposition…yet its’ meaning is so simple a child can understand!
Simply put, the cross is the worst of God’s judgment seen and the greatest of God’s love expressed to mankind.
When we look at the cross we see the horribly disfigured body of the Lord Jesus nailed to a tree. Though not a bone was broken, His face was beaten and bruised beyond recognition. The cat of nine-tails had done its vicious work ripping the flesh from His back and leaving nothing but mangled flesh and blood. Then, as though this were not enough, His hands and feet are nailed to crossbeams and He is hung between heaven and earth to suffer an excruciating death. Finally, after giving up His spirit, a spear is thrust through His dead body and blood and water flowed forth.
Gazing upon the cross, we see the holy indignation and wrath of God towards sin. If you want to know what God thinks of sin, look at the cross. If you want to know what the judgment of God concerning sin looks like, look at the cross. It is truly as Paul wrote, “The wages of sin is death…”
When we look at the cross of Christ we also see the greatest act of love ever made on behalf of mankind by the Father. The utterly amazing thing about the cross is Jesus deserved none of this. He suffered this way as a complete substitution for you and I. In other words, He didn’t die for sin He had committed, but rather for every sin committed by you and I. Peter said “and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross…”
Gazing upon the cross, we see the unfathomable love of the Father in sparing us from His holy indignation and wrath. He sent the best He had in His only begotten Son so that we would know this salvation would be perfectly fulfilled. Jesus truly paid all of sins penalty for us! To set us free from the fear of judgment, death, hell, and the grave and to make peace between God and us so that we might have restored fellowship with Him.
Colossians 1:20 (NASB95) 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
May I encourage you to consider the whole of the Passover Week? It’s far more than Sunday morning Easter bunnies, colored eggs, and chocolate. It is the core eternal truth concerning why you and I may be saved when we call upon the name of the Lord.
Jesus bore the weight of eternal judgment for sin so that we might be forgiven and then arose that we might have new life in Him.