When you consider the cross was a method of brutal punishment, it’s surprising Christians make such a big deal of it. I mean isn’t it a bit of an embarrassment that our leader was crucified?
Here are two reasons why the death of Jesus is important to Christians:
The Cross Brings us to the Father
However, on the cross Jesus took our punishment on himself.
In a court of law if you are fined and someone else pays it you are free to go, even though you haven’t paid it. So it is in God’s courts. If Jesus takes the punishment you are free to go, even though you haven’t paid it.
Instead of hell we are given an eternity with God, who will give us an eternity of joy. If this joy comes through the cross then it is well worth talking about!
The Cross Shows Gods’ Love for Us
This payment wasn’t an easy process, however. On the cross Jesus had to go through his Father’s hatred and punishment for us. They had loved each other perfectly for eternity, but now they were separated.
If Jesus was willing to be sacrificed and the Father was willing to put his son to death, then how much must they love us! It is a debt we could never pay off, and they don’t demand any payment.
Yes the cross brings us to the Father. But it is also the reason we would want to come to him. Has anyone loved you like this? Don’t you want to know this love more.
The cross wasn’t the end for Jesus, he rose from the dead. And now the man who loved you enough to die for you offers you eternal life.
If you are considering Christianity, look hard at the cross. Here is everything you need to know. Here is the good news of Christianity. If you reject this, you reject it all. But if you accept this crucified Saviour as your way to the Father who loves you, you know everything you need to know.
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