The message of the Cross is more about Jesus and less about us (in terms of qualifications or assets we may bring to the table). The central theme of the Cross is God’s overwhelming and extravagant love for humanity. Hinged on that love, Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice was displayed for all of the world.
The compelling truth regarding the Cross is that you or I do not have to be “good” enough, as if that were even possible, to become sons and daughters of God. In fact, we know that the Bible says that our righteousness (if there’s anything remotely good about us) is equal to that of filthy rags. Wow. Way to deflate the human ego. But it’s true. I think most of us already know that, if we are honest with ourselves anyway.
No, the message of the Cross is less about us and all about Jesus. His character is compassionate, loving, kind, good, thoughtful, patient, longsuffering.
“The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.” ~ Psalm 103:8
If we can just grasp those attributes and dwell on those for a moment…It’s overwhelming to consider that the Great God of the Universe thinks about you and me … and prays for us daily. The Bible says He daily makes intercession for us! (Romans 8:34) That is a humbling thought right there, my friend. He has time for me? Well, the reality is that God transcends time and space. His reality is not the same as the confines we, humans, operate in. He is All Powerful and His power knows no limits, no boundaries. That is something that is difficult for our finite minds to process. We must simply believe.
The truth is that none of us are qualified to become followers of Jesus Christ. Equally true, God calls the unqualified. That right there should be a liberating thought, my friend. Grace beckons to our soul to receive such an unattainable and unearned gift. And because of this great gift, we are then able to show others such grace. Not that we would become hoarders of God’s gift, but a sieve for it to then flow through.
There is room at the Cross for you today. It doesn’t matter what your past is. God can rewrite your life story and create a brand new future for you. That’s what I love so much about God and the redemptive power of the Cross — It is transformational!
If you fully accept God’s gift of grace, it is impossible to remain the same. Once you’ve accepted God’s love and understand the sacrifice of His Son, it makes you want to change!
The message of the Cross is all about the love of our Heavenly Father, poured out through Jesus Christ, to reconcile a lost world back to Him. His message is still the same today. He is Jehovah, “I Am”, the One Who is the Self-Existent One. He never changes. His promises never fail. When we are faithless, He is faithful. (Psalm 102)
Rather than focus on your own shortcomings, set your eyes on the unchanging character of God through His Word. When we study God’s Word, it causes things to fall into the proper perspective. It sheds light on our darkness. It gives us wisdom to know which path to pursue.
No, we are not the message of the Cross. We are merely the objects of God’s unending affection. In that regard, it makes us kind of special. But, it’s all about Him. We are God’s creation and He is the Creator. May we never allow pride to confuse the two.
“God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” ~ Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT