The necessity for the cross – In touch

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The need for the cross

Colossians 2: 13-15

What does the cross mean for you? Many people in the world today see it as a symbol of Christianity, but think about what it represented in Christ's time. No one wore a miniature cross around his neck or showed one in a place of worship. The cross was an excruciating means of execution, and the very thought of it was repulsive.

But believers over the centuries have chosen this as a sign of their faith. Indeed, removing the cross from our teaching and theology would leave nothing but an empty, powerless religion. The themes of death, blood and sacrifice have become unpopular in many churches because they are uncomfortable and uncomfortable. We would rather hear about the love of God, not about the suffering of Jesus.

But let me ask the following: How could someone be saved if Christ had not been crucified? Some people think all you have to do to get God's forgiveness is to ask him for it. But a sinner's request can never be the basis for his forgiveness. He would cease to be holy and only if there was no punishment for sin. According to Scripture, there can be no forgiveness without bloodshed (Heb 9.22). Christ had to bear the punishment for our sin so that God could forgive us.

Every time you see a cross, think about what it really was – an instrument of execution. Then thank Jesus that he was ready to be crucified so that the Father could forgive you for sin. Although the scene of your salvation was terrible, Christ turned the cross into a place of great triumph.

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Originally published April 04, 2020.

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