What does the Cross mean to you?
Updated: Sep 27, 2019
Reposted from the July 2018 More Than Enough Newsletter
God is doing different things in His body. Some people are liking what He is doing and some are not liking what He is doing. The way you live your life speaks volumes to those who are around you. I believe that the Father is asking us a serious question in this hour. The question: What does the Cross mean to you?
Before you rush and give an answer, really stop and think about what God did for us by allowing His only begotten son to be the living sacrifice once and for all for us. Jesus paid a powerful price to redeem us back to God. There are so many wonderful things that occurred on the cross but do you really understand that a price was paid for you? Have you stopped and thought about all that was done on the cross.
There is a new “Christian” hit song that is rushing to the top of the Contemporary Christians Music Charts called “Reckless Love”. It is by Cory Asbury. There is a powerful lyric that immediately resonated within my spirit man. “When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me” You can’t ignore the strength of this principle. What does the Cross mean to you?
“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ
died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one
die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we
were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having
now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath
through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled
to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been
reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. Romans 5:6-10 (NKJV).
What this passage of scripture is saying is this... We did not have the ability to come to God. When we did get the ability to come to Him because of the nature of sin, we didn’t have the strength to make the journey but Christ did. Christ completed that journey to the Father for us. There is so much beauty in what Jesus did. When you think about this, there is no way we could make it to God but God sent His son to bring us to Him.
It is clear from scripture and even in the natural that we all would help someone that we loved, we would even help a stranger but how about someone who hated us? That is where Christ is so much greater than us because while we were spitting in His face, while we were
ignoring the call that came from God’s heart He came after us. He not only came after us but He came with love and hope in His heart that we would come and partake of all that He had to share with us.
His love for us is not a natural love and the love that he demonstrated to us by paying the price for my sin, for your sin, for all sin is great. Do you understand how great a price that was? Do you understand the depth of God’s love for us. I wonder if I would deny Christ when push came to shove. Would I really stand up and be a martyr or would my love fail? I know it would but when I compare myself to Christ, it’s easy to see that I am not the man that I should be, I am not the son of God that I should, I am not the husband and step-father that I should be... The Cross has to be more than just a symbol. The Cross has to be more than a representation of Christianity.
Christ died for me/for us and I/we don’t deserve what was done for us on the Cross. We don’t deserve to get an opportunity to walk into the third heavens and spend time in prayer and fellowship with the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. Nothing can compare the fellowship that we have been given with them. How great is the love that they have? There is a place in Him that I believe the Apostle’s found. That place of stillness and oneness that can only come from recognizing at every stage of life and for every situation and circumstance that you encounter the love that was demonstrated for us on the Cross can be applied directly into those situations.
Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
Luke 23:39-43 (NKJV).
I pray that I never take what was done on the Cross for me for granted. I appreciate with each passing moment that I am saved by Grace and if it was not for Jesus doing a work on the Cross for me I would not have an opportunity to know Christ. I would not have an opportunity to know God or the Holy Spirit. I fight my sin nature every day. The Cross means so many things. One thief on the Cross was so brazen and arrogant that his sins had blinded him to the level of depravity that he himself was in. In stark contrast the other thief could not ignore or deny the depravity of his own heart. Somewhere inside he wrestled with his own self and he grew to know with each passing moment that the only hope for him was for God to have mercy on his soul.
He found mercy and so much more. What does the Cross mean to you?
Selah and then do something with what you Selah.