The longer I live and grow in understanding of things around me, the more I realize that I have only scratched the surface of what happened at the cross. It is the climax of all of human history. It brings freedom from guilt and the wrenching problem of sins for which we could not pay. It infuses hope to all who trust in what Christ did to reconcile us to God. It is the means of saving little children who have only a simple understanding, and yet it continually baffles theologians and philosophers.
The cross exemplifies how humans should live and die in pursuit of doing the Father’s will. The cross is the means by which Christians come to life, and yet the cross is what Jesus demanded we take up daily in dying to self. One day, the entire physical earth will be healed because of what happened on that hill outside Jerusalem.
Thinking about the cross creates such varied responses from mankind. Some scorn it as immoral. Some are filled with disbelief that anything of supernatural value happened there. Some believe that it indeed happened, but will not submit to any claim that Jesus is God or that we are somehow answerable to Him. Some see it as symbol of sincere devotion to God, and that by somehow relishing that symbol on a wall or around the neck, they will somehow gain a better relationship with the Almighty.
Some begin to get the full realization that we are completely indebted to the Father and the Son for what happened on that cross. Without the gospel of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, there is no hope for salvation for judgment, healing, growth, or a future with Him in heaven.
Grasping fully what Christ did on the cross for me that day will cause my heart to always, and forever, be filled with thinkfulness. Because of Jesus, I can live the moments I have left in this life, full of thinking thanks that I was written into the story of humankind and of the redeemed.
What an incredibly awesome story God is writing! From eternity past to eternity future, everything points to the cross. Thank you, God, for Who You are and that You have provided a way for us to return to You! You made the story simple enough for a child to understand, but embedded in its simplicity is a complexity that I can never hope to really grasp.