“Remembering the Cross”
Why is the death of Jesus Christ both mourned and celebrated?
Why is the death of Jesus Christ a deliberate focus, and not merely a depressing fact?
Why is the cross the universal symbol for Christianity?
The Cross representing the Christian faith is either completely understandable or totally irrational.
1 Corinthians 1:18 NKJV For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
What is your take on the cross?
- Is it… the Magical cross?
- Is it… the Merchandised cross?
- Is it… the Misunderstood cross?
- Is it… the Mocked cross?
- Is it… the Miserable cross?
- Is it… the Maniacal cross?Some see it as "cosmic child abuse".Did Jesus view it that way?
Mark 9:31-32 NKJV For He taught His disciples and said to them, "The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, He will rise the third day." 32 But they did not understand this saying, and were afraid to ask Him.Mark 10:32-34, 45 NKJV Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him: 33 "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; 34 and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again."For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
Matthew 26:52-54 NKJV But Jesus said to him, "Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53 Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? 54 How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?"
- Is it… the Meaningful cross?God accomplished through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross what could not be accomplished any other way.
1 Peter 3:18 NKJV For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,If you struggle with the cross, it is because you underestimate your sinfulness and God's holiness!
- Is it… the Matchless & Marvelous Cross?
Galatians 2:20 NKJV I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.The cross was an instrument of shame for those who used it, but a catalyst for praise for those who appreciate it!