“They crucified him, and two others with him, on either side one, and Jess in the midst” (John 19:17).
The Cross of Jesus is the revelation of God’s judgement on sin. Never accept the idea of Jesus as a martyr on the Cross, he was a living sacrifice. The Cross was a superb triumph in which the foundations and gates of hell were shaken. There is nothing more certain in Time or Eternity than what Jesus Christ did on the Cross at Calvary. He switched the whole of humanity back into a right relationship with God the Father. He made Redemption the basis of human life, that is, He made a way for the children of men to become The Children of God.
“In him we have redemption through his blood. The forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7). The Cross did not happen to Jesus and it was not happen chance that he was crucified; he came on purpose for it. He is “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” The whole meaning of the Incarnation is the Cross, beware of attempts to separate God manifest in the flesh from the Son becoming sin. The purpose of the Incarnation was for redemption, for putting away sin; not for the purpose of “self-realization.”
The Cross is not the cross of man but the Cross of God, and the cross of God can never be realized in human experience. The Cross is the exhibition of the nature of God, the gateway whereby any person of the human race can enter into union with God. When we get to the Cross, we do not go through it; we abide in the life to which the Cross is the gateway. Every human being can get through into the presence of God now because of what the Son of Man went through to save the whole of humanity.
“I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). The center of salvation is the Cross of Jesus, and the reason it is so easy to get salvation is because it cost God so much. The Cross is the point where God and sinful man merge with a crash and the way to life is opened—but the crash is on the heart of God. The Cross is the center of Time and Eternity, the answer to the mystery of both.
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me” (John 12:32). Many have seen the Cross of Jesus but not all have come to the Cross. When you come to the Cross of Jesus he will lift you up and you will know him as Savior, then and only then will the significance of his death have meaning to you. God lifted Jesus up from the earth and his Spirit is calling and drawing you closer to him, will you accept him today as your Savior? Glory to him who lives and was dead, and behold, he is alive forevermore. Be blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name.
Grady Norman Greene Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ