Significant Horror (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 100)
Colossians 2:14 (NLT)
He [Jesus] canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.
For many people in the world today, the cross is viewed as a symbol of Christianity. It is a representation of one’s faith and belief in Jesus Christ. Some people wear it as a necklace while many thousands sit atop steeples on churches around the world. But the cross is not as pretty as it is presented to be. The cross was a horrific stage of execution in Jesus’ day and the thought of it was dreadful.
Yet people who choose to believe in Jesus and His redemptive act for all mankind thousands of years ago hold fast to the importance and significance of the cross. To remove the cross from our belief system as Christians would leave an empty and ineffective religion that is void of meaning and eternality. We don’t like to talk about death and blood because to think of such things is unpleasant.
But without the suffering of Jesus, there would be no way to experience salvation and true redemption. God poured out His love for all of us when He sent His Son to the cross to die a cruel, horrifying death on the cross. God forgives us not because we ask for it but because it has already been freely given through the death of Jesus Christ. Christ had to pay the price for our sin so we could be forgiven.
The cross is significantly horrifying but it is a beautiful picture of sacrifice and love. When you think about the cross or when you see a cross anywhere in the world, thank God for Jesus being willing to give His life up for us. The cross was a bloody scene, but it set the stage for eternal victory and power to flow through our lives. Be thankful for the repulsive and redemptive work of the cross of Jesus.
“In Jesus Christ on the Cross there is refuge; there is safety; there is shelter; and all the power of sin upon our track cannot reach us when we have taken shelter under the Cross that atones for our sins.”
— A.C. Dixon