“What made me love Christ wasn’t that all of a sudden I figured out how to do life. What made me love Christ is that when I was at my worst, when I was at my lowest point, when I absolutely could not clean myself up and there was nothing anybody could do with me, right at that moment, Christ said, “I’ll take that one. That’s the one I want.” Matt Chandler
What does the cross mean to you?
Some wear it around their necks, others as earings, others tattoo the cross on their skin. Many churches have the cross inside and outside, some even on the roof…but what really is the cross and what does it mean?
One writer wrote, “You see, a church building is just a tool. When a worker buys a tool he’ll buy the best tool he can get. He wants something that will last and have the power to do the job. But a good workman will NOT buy a tool that’s just for show. He’s not going to buy a tool to impress you. He hasn’t got room in his toolbox for dead weight. He buys a tool to do a specific job, and if it can’t do the job… it’s worthless to him.”
The same case applies to the cross. It is not meant to be nothing but a mere ornament or a mere object, it is not merely a tool for showing off to enhance swag, for lack of a better word. The cross is a symbol of unconditional love. A love so bold and so strong, a moment in history that rewrote history itself. The cross was meant for the Muslim, the Indian, the skeptic, the atheist, the agnostic, the Indian, the thief, the adulterer, the murderer…the list goes on. The cross bridged the gap between humanity and divinity.
I love and enjoy talking about the cross because it helps me remember that which my savior did for me. I was lost when he found me. It was there that I first saw the light, it was there that my stains were cleaned out. It is more than just a symbol. It carries weight, the weight that can only be born when we gaze there a little longer, take a little more time, and picture what really happened.
Billy Graham in one of his sermons highlighted the following, He said, “Paul gloried in the cross because it expresses the depth of sin, shows the love of God, it is the only way to salvation and he knew it gave a new dynamic of life.”
Christ was humiliated, spat on, and brought down for our sake. He lost his life so we could find it, gave up the supernatural for the natural and this is how much God loves us, giving up His one and only son and thus creating the way of salvation and oh how dynamic life is because of the power of the cross. Isn’t this just so amazing?!
It is the cross that rescued the teenager Ravi Zacharias when he almost committed suicide as a teenager, Lecrae who was at the verge of a breakdown, that thief beside Jesus who was almost damned to hell. The cross found me too when I almost threw myself into another cycle of immorality. And so many people out there have encountered the power of the cross. I would love to hear your story. How has the cross influenced your life? Get in touch with me.
Have you experienced the power of the cross? If your answer is no, please pray this simple prayer with me. “Dear God, here I am. Search me, know my thoughts, see if there is any unrighteousness in me. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. I admit I have failed you in many ways. I have looked aside and failed to see your unconditional love, but today God, let me experience the power of the cross. Turn my life around for good. I believe you have done it, God. I am now your child. Thank you, Jesus. This I trust and believe in Jesus name. Amen.
If you prayed this simple prayer, guess what, 2 Corinthians 5:17 says this, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” What does this mean? It means, your past is now in the past, a new page has been opened for you! So, rejoice! And feel free to get in touch with me and let’s journey together!
I end today’s write-up with the words of Paul, from the book of Galatians 6:14-16 (MSG):
For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate. Can’t you see the central issue in all this? It is not what you and I do—submit to circumcision, reject circumcision. It is what God is doing, and he is creating something totally new, a free life! All who walk by this standard are the true Israel of God—his chosen people. Peace and mercy on them!
My prayer for you is that you never lose the wonder of the cross.
Enjoy your week!
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