Why do Christians wear crosses? Is it just a nice piece of jewelry, or is it a statement of belonging?
For some, it’s pretty jewelry, and that’s it. But for others, it is a clear statement of belonging, a goal to lay everything down to the obedience of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5 says We tear down arguments and every arrogant obstacle that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to make it obey Christ. (NET)
Galatians 6:14-15: As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because to that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died… What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.
On the cross, Jesus, a human without any sin, took on the sins of all creation, past, present, and future. (That’s a whole lot of sin.) He was crucified, the most painful and torturous form of death. He was buried but came back to life three days later.
During those three days, He went to hell and took away the keys to death and the grave from satan. Thus, He sealed satan’s doom and sentenced him to hell for eternity. Rising from the dead sealed the Christian’s personal ability to commune with God. (Prior, a priest was needed as a go-between.)
Many of us have heard this before, so what’s the big deal here?
My heart wants to be closer to Jesus’ heart. I know that I have not laid everything down; there are things I still hold onto. I know I have to let go before I can get closer.
The cross gives me hope and a promise; my sins are forgiven if I confess them and turn toward a new path. I have eternal life in Heaven because of the cross and resurrection.
All of Heaven watched and waited in great anticipation for Jesus to walk out of that tomb. Why? Because He was fully God and fully man, the man side of Him could have refused the cross and walked away. But instead, He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, asking God to take away the path to the cross… then He said, never-the-less, not My will but Yours be done.
I want that to be my prayer about every obstacle that comes my way, whether it be sin or idol.
(BTW, the cross artwork is something I created in 2017.)
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