1 Timothy 2:5-7 – “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, 7 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle — I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying — a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.” NKJV
I have long loved Isaac Watt’s beautiful song, “At The Cross”. What a beautiful and powerful truth of not only the beauty of what Christ did but the necessity. In today’s world, too many churches are either no longer or limitedly preaching the Cross as a staple. I had a preacher tell me that the Cross was too violent for civil society and not really necessary for man’s redemption. He did not come out of a liberal theological persuasion but grew up in an old line fundamental church and trained in a very conservative theological seminary. How he arrived at that conclusion I do not know but he is not alone.
The Bible is clear that “without the shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22). Jesus sacrificial death on the Cross paid the price for mankind’s sin and effected a legal transaction that stripped the devil of his dominion over man. The god of this world had been empowered over the race in the Garden at the Fall when Adam sinned. Now the Second Adam, Jesus Christ, came to earth and satisfied divine justice in presenting a lamb without blemish sacrifice in His person. He took our place on the Cross! He died that we could live!
The refrain is incredibly powerful:
“At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!
Hank Williams wrote and sang, “I Saw The Light” and although his life testified of a life outside the light the lyrics indicate he understood something that too many miss. In God there is light and without God, there is no light. It is at the Cross that we truly begin to see and as Watt’s song declares, it was there that real sight came.
Once we receive spiritual sight and can look beyond the present into the eternal our heart’s burdens roll away and joy comes to the heart that has been freed from sin. The Bible declares that there is no greater love than to die for a friend. Jesus willingly went to the Cross for you and me. He paid for our crimes or sins and opened the door to grace that is beyond human comprehension. I’m not sure any of us can understand grace we experience it and as a result are transformed into a new creation.
How can I fail to preach the Cross for without the Old Rugged Cross I would still be lost in my sins and separated from God? The preaching of the Cross to those who are perishing is foolishness but to those of us who have believed it is the power of God unto salvation. (1 Corinthians 1:18) If one thinks the Blood and Cross too vile for civil society what will they think of Hell?
God bless you as you go through this day!