The Cross Is Central
On the cross Jesus suffered the worst pain in history. Yet that event will forever remain at the center of our worship and wonder. Everything before the Cross points forward to it. Everything since the Cross points back to it. Everything that will last was purchased on it. Everything that matters hinges on it.
Pastor Greg Laurie shares these thoughts:
I once asked Billy Graham, "If you had it to do it all over again, are there things you would have emphasized as a younger preacher that maybe you are emphasizing now?" His response surprised me.
Without any hesitation, he said, "The cross of Christ and the blood. That's where the power is."
I remembered that. I took note of it as a preacher: the cross of Christ and the blood. That is what he would emphasize more. That's where the power is.
It comes down to the cross. Any accurate presentation of the gospel comes down to the cross. You can talk about loneliness, and you can talk about hope and life beyond the grave. But it all comes down to the cross.
Paul said, "Let me remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. . . Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said" (1 Corinthians 15:1,3-4 NLT).
We need to remember this as Christians. Perhaps you don't consider yourself a theologian or the greatest intellect of all time. But you can tell the story of what Jesus did on the cross and how He died and shed His blood for us. There is power in that simple message. I have watched it transform people time and time again because God anoints it, blesses it, and He uses it to penetrate the defenses that people can put up.
Jesus died on the cross for us. That's where the power is.
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
Lord, the Cross was no afterthought! Thank you for planning it from before the world’s beginning and foretelling it centuries in advance. Words cannot capture the shocking nature of your redemptive work. Saying thank you is not nearly enough. But it is at least a place to begin. May we faithfully share with others your offer of forgiveness, made possible because of what you did on the Cross on our behalf.