March 25, 2013
In celebrating Easter together as a family and a church, it is a glorious thing to celebrate the HOPE of the Resurrection! Indeed, the cross and the empty tomb are inseparable. But in our rejoicing, we can’t forget about the cross.
We live in a world that wants everything to look nice on the surface, but sweeps anything uncomfortable under the proverbial rug. The reality of a Man dying an excruciating death isn’t fun to talk about. Yet, mentioning the crucifixion and then quickly jumping straight to a resurrection celebration somehow has sadly become common place.
So, let’s rewind. What about the cross?
The power of the cross cannot be ignored! We must stand at the foot of it and ponder the One who hung and died there for us, and what He unselfishly accomplished on our behalf.
After all, if you do something self-sacrificing for someone you love, how do you feel if it is minimized? We can’t ignore the suffering of Jesus. Doing so will debilitate an intimate relationship with Him. Reflecting on the cross draws us closer to Him, because there He fully displayed the very heart of God. So, as Easter approaches, let’s pause for a moment to consider five inescapable characteristics of the CROSS and what Christ did for us there:
C = Crowned with glory for dying in our place.
But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. (Hebrews 2:9)
R = Reconciled us to God.
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18)
O = Overcame, delivering us from bondage.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
S = Shed the blood needed to atone for our sin.
He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. (Hebrews 9:12)
S = Saved us from going our own way.
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Peter 2:24-25)
The cross brings peace into our lives and makes it possible for us to have right standing with God. This Easter, may we look on the cross and say thank you for all He has done!