“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
The cross is the iconic symbol of the Christian church. Its message is one of dying and rising up to new life. It is universally recognized as such and either loved or despised because of it’s meaning. Some believers apparently don’t want to be associated with it due to its’ focus on death. A church not far from me uses such reasoning saying they want to focus on life and not death; therefore no crosses adorn their facility. You cannot escape the cross, even if you don’t want to display it. It’s where Christ put into motion God’s plan for man’s salvation. Without the death of Christ on a cross there is no forgiveness because there was no sacrifice made to cleanse sin.
The cross is important because it is emblematic of the shame and ridicule Christ went through to save us. He became a curse in the eyes of His own Father for our sake, for scripture declares “cursed by any man who hangs on a tree” (Galatians 3:13). He was separated from God for a brief time to accentuate the price paid for all of man’s sins.
The cross is foolishness to the unbeliever because they are not willing to face the fact that they must die to truly live. That death is a dying to self. It is relinquishing our own way of living in favor of God’s way. It is admitting that God is real and there is an afterlife. It is facing our own inadequacies and realizing that we cannot reach heaven on our own. Those who glibly say they would rather go to hell and party with their friends are pitifully ignorant of what would await them should they remain in their sin. People can blow off the cross as nothing more than a crutch for the weak minded, but they will all find out one day that that cross is the link needed to bridge the gap sin created between God and man.
If the cross is a crutch, then I will lean very heavily on it for I know I cannot make it on my own. How about you? What does the cross mean to you? Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!