Summary: The Cross is much more than a relic. It is a relationship. The Cross represents the ReForming of your life.
Grant van Boeschoten
February 1, 2009
For the month of February we are talking about taking the cross of Jesus off the chain in our lives. What I am talking about is how for some people Christianity can be more of a fashion statement then a conviction of the heart.
I have seen it happen where people are Christians on a surface level, but not a heart level. I watch as these people go to Church and sing the songs and say the things that Christians say, but at the same time there isn’t a connection in their hearts. I want for all people to see Christianity as much more than fashion or a way of doing things, I pray that God will open our eyes to the relationship that he wants to have with each person.
Today I want to talk about one of the central icons of the Christian Faith, and that is the cross of Jesus Christ. The Cross is much more then a relic, it is a relationship. The Cross represents the ReForming of your life.
Why & What
The cross has become an icon of the Christian Faith because on the Cross Jesus made a way for man to become right with God.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me—that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures said.
The cross that Jesus died on though was much more gruesome and grotesque then the jewelry that you and I have seen though.
It has been called one of the most cruel forms of death that the world has ever known. In the United States criminals are given a “respectful” or a “quick and easy death” when a death sentence is handed down by the courts. Their deaths take minutes.
Death on a cross was torture, and sometimes the condemned would hang on that cross for up to 3 dies before the escape of death. The Bible tells us that Jesus hung on a cross for 6 hours, and then he breathed his last.
Everyone, everywhere is affected because of the cross of Jesus. The world is a better place because Jesus died on the cross. People everywhere are going to heaven because they have placed their faith in Jesus and made him Lord of their life. The Church is being used as the Hands and the Feet of Jesus, and this was all made possible by his death on the cross.
Max Lucado – “No Wonder They Call Him The Savior”
“The cross. It rests on the time line of history like a compelling diamond. Its tragedy summons all sufferers. Its absurdity attracts all cynics. It’s hope lures all searchers… History has idolized it and despised it, gold-plated it and burned it, worn and trashed it. History has done everything to it but ignore it. That’s the one option that the cross does not offer. No one can ignore it! You can’t ignore a piece of lumber that suspends the greatest claim in history.”
The Power of the Cross
Power is a word much loved by us. Who doesn’t love power? We know that those with power have influence. Whether physical, political, financial, military or spiritual power we often find a strong compulsion to search for, acquire and demonstrate power in our lives. We seek power in our lives over circumstances and relationships. The world teaches us that power is good and weakness is bad, power is proof that you have arrived as a success in life, weakness is proof that you are a loser. The one with the power calls the shots and often determines the outcome of things. Gaining power or being affiliated with those who have it too often becomes the goal of our life. The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 1:17-18: