But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Gal 6:14)
As with so many subjects of the Christian Doctrines, the cross has become misunderstood, and even over simplified. However in the midst of the murky waters, we shouldn’t attempt to move on without clarity on this grave topic, because the cross has a central place in the lives of Christians. The message of Jesus and His cross stands in the center of history as a message for all of mankind.
It’s Jesus and His cross. No perfect sacrifice, no redemption. No cross to kill the sacrifice, no redemption.
The cross is not locked away to the pages of biblical history, its forever current in the lives of Jesus’ disciples, who have taken the charge to pick up their cross and follow Him. The cross is not just about what happened to Jesus, How he died for us; Jesus’ death was vicarious, one for another, the real matter of the cross is how God accounts Jesus’ death for others.
Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (Col 2:14)
The cross of Christ is the cross of your new life, and the gateway to freedom. When we consider, sin, redemption, reconciliation, forgiveness, new birth, and the life of Christ in us the Cross stands in the center of each.
Though the cross of Christ has been beautified by the poet and the artist, the avid seeker after God is likely to find it the same savage implement of destruction it was in the days of old. The way of the cross is still the pain-wracked path to spiritual power and fruitfulness.
So do not seek to hide from it. Do not accept an easy way. Do not allow yourself to be patted to sleep in a comfortable church, void of power and barren of fruit. Do not paint the cross nor deck it with flowers. Take it for what it is, as it is, and you will find it the rugged way to death and life. Let it slay you utterly. Seek God. Seek to be holy and fear none of those things which you will suffer. A.W Tozer. “Coddled or Crucified”
Study to show yourself approved! The following are outlines for studying the Cross