Good morning Divine Perspective Readers. I trust you had a great weekend. Today God will be speaking to us about the singular most life altering symbol in all of human history. It’s a simple but profound symbol whose significance transcends what life and mortality can capture now. I see people use the cross sign on their chest just when they’re about to do something a bit daring that needs courage. Some football stars even celebrate their goals with this hallowed sign. Some others wear it as a pendant and accessory to their outfit. These variations of use have caused people to casualise this eternal joker the devil is still trying to find an answer to.
1 Cor 2:8 (KJV) Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
There are so many lessons to glean from the significance of the cross to a New Testament believer. The Cross speaks, and the following are just a few that I believe will give us a more robust perspective on the message the cross speaks and the overwhelming importance of its consciousness in the new creation man.
1. The Cross Communicates God’s Immaculate Love: I always like to say that what kept Jesus on the cross was not the nails or the crowns of thorns… there was something much stronger than those which kept him glued to the cross when He could have easily deployed 12 legions (6000 each) to destroy his accusers. But He opened not His mouth in His own defense. Jesus was not killed, He died! There is a world of difference. No one could kill Him since He was sinless. The wages of sin is death, so He could not die until He became the figure of sin and then could die. He died as a consequence of Him becoming the figure of sin. He laid down His life for us… His death was as deliberate as it gets. All these was done… Just for God to communicate how much He loves you and have a chance of getting you back to Himself.
Eph 3:19 (KJV) May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
The length of God’s love speaks about how far God was willing to go to get us back to Himself. He went as far as giving up His only begotten son. The breadth speaks about the coverage of His love. The blood splashed in my direction and in yours, its called the blood of sprinkling… It knows neither Jew nor Greek nor bond nor free nor male nor female. The blood knows no race, status, creed or pedigree. It reached out to everyone, the good, the bad and the ugly. Thank God for the breadth of God’s love, I wouldn’t have had a chance. The depth of His love speaks of how deep He went to get us out of the mess we found ourselves. We were hell bound, so He went to hell and tasted death for everyone that believes so we won’t have to go there. He went that deep. And glory to God, the height of His love speaks of how far above He has lifted us above all principalities and powers and rulers of darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places. This height is so lofty, the closest the devil gets to it is just beneath our feet. Remember Mephiboseth and how King David lifted him from the “Lodebaric” valley to the high throne of Grace and Honour? A man that had physical deficiencies became the Master over able bodied men. He sat to meat with the King all the days of His life because King David had such a height to his love for people. The picture this story paints doesn’t Magnify the weakness of Mephiboseth but the largeness of the heart of the King.
The Cross may just be a couple of sticks, but it reminds me of more things than a lame sign which fanatics make to wish themselves luck. It is the most potent force to the kingdom of hell and the only message left for the Church to preach.
The Cross is God’s statement of love to me. That was where He showed me how far He could go for me, where He concluded that I was worth dying for in the first place, expressed how deep He was willing to go to fetch me out and how much further into glory He is willing to set me upon. This is the kind of God I serve. He makes BIG statements. It was because of the Cross that God swore after the similitude of the covenant He had with Noah that He would NEVER again rebuke me or be angry with me.
Isaiah 54:9 (KJV) For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.
This is because He already exhausted His anger upon the lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world. This just gets me soooooo excited just thinking about His love for me. There are more powerful lessons we can learn from the Cross, but this is the most essential lesson of them all. By God’s Grace we will continue with the mini series next week. I love you and have a great week ahead.