Lessons Learned at the Cross (Part 1)

Some events are more important than others. Some events have more impact on the world than others. At the center, or hub of God’s Word is an event with the single most significance of any and all events: The Cross of Christ. The event itself, and the consequences of that event are so far-reaching that it has to be the most significant event in history, and especially in the account of man and his soul. All other events revolve around it. But it is not just an event in history with great significance, but an event having eternal significance. The “Cross” has come to represent the entirety of Jesus’ gift to man. Are there lessons for all to learn?

1. God is mindful of me. David the psalmist said it well:

“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” Psalms 8:4

It would be easy to view God as an impersonal being, merely keeping His creation in working order. But not so, for Jehovah had our redemption in mind from before the foundation of the world, Ephesians 3:8-11. Jesus paid the price for our sins on that cruel cross, and in so doing God cast His attentive “eye” on man showing He still cares for you and for me in spite of our sin.

2. Crucifixion is painful, cruel. It is far too easy for us to forget the humiliation, the suffering, the pain of the Cross. Think of the huge spikes that pierced his feet and hands. Think of the scourge, and the shame of being publicly spat upon. Think of that spear in His side. Not only that, but He bore our sins in His body on that Cross. He suffered so we might be redeemed, be forgiven for our sin.

3. Jesus loves me. He did not have to go to the cross, but He did. He had no sin of His own, but He bore our sins in His body, 1 Peter 2:24. He could have called for the aid of angels, and He knew what was ahead of Him. But He willingly went to the Cross for me…and for you.

4. Sin is terrible. Scripture is clear on the fact that Jesus bore our sins, and “by His stripes we are healed,” Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24. What was the “ransom” price for my sin and yours? It was the highest price ever paid for anything or anyone — “the precious blood of Christ,” 1 Peter 1:19. Yes, sin is a terrible thing, for it separates us from God, and it cost God His son.

Carl B. Garner

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