A Simple Cross?

Easter is a great time to reflect on the past year, history and how much God has done. Speaking of history, I was thinking on my walk just how dark the past must have been.

 

There He was hanging on the cross, dying. The Disciples curious but all afraid that they would be next. The cross was so simple and yet the Roman’s had perfected killing to the next level. Not only could they get rid of their problem people but, incite fear and intimidation into the hearts of the masses. The cross was simple and yet no one survived. The cross was simple and yet the whole town could see even from far away that one dare not cross the Romans. The cross was so simple and yet was able to accomplish so much politically.

 

Someone giving you a problem? Someone revealing secrets that you don't want the masses to know? Someone who is in the way? Someone who is usurping your power and control? Crucifixion is the answer. Not only will you get rid of the problem but will strike fear into the entire town with just one act! So great was the torture, so great was the intimidation and so great was the impression that it left on all who attended that no one would even dare to oppose. You see the cross was simple but, it was also effective. 

 

It’s often been said by medical experts that hanging on the cross isn’t what kills. Oh, it’s excruciating alright but it’s not lethal. What kills is the struggle for every breath. Eventually exhaustion takes over and breathing is just too painful and difficult. Dying on a cross is not neat nor tidy. It’s not quick nor painless. It takes hours to die but, death does come. The beating, blood loss and ridicule beforehand was just all part of the show. Christ may have been able to last a little longer if He hadn’t been beaten, scourged and ridiculed first. The Roman’s wanted to make certain that Christ died a very painful and excruciating death. The Roman’s wanted to use Christ as an example to all of His followers that they would not tolerate “Christians”. If they had to have liars testify about Christ’s words then that’s just what they would do. The ends justified the means as far as the Roman’s were concerned. They wanted Christ out of the way. 

 

Like the Roman’s, we too sometimes want things a certain way. Like the Roman’s, we too sometimes cut corners to get what we want. The cross was simple, intimidating and deadly. Out of that simple, intimidating and deadly human invention God was able to turn it around. The cross was intended for evil and yet God was able to use it for good. The cross was intended for bondage and yet, God was able to create freedom from it. The cross was intended to intimidate  and yet God used it to give boldness. The cross was intended to force death and yet God used it to give life! This Easter season, may you and your family remember what Easter is really all about. May you experience that freedom, boldness and life!

 

Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” - Revelation 3:20

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Comments (4)

  1. PTF

    I went to a Good Friday service for the first time with my girlfriend.
    It’s very interesting how looking back on how the cross is representing Christ’s crucifixion and death in order to save us which leads to the Resurrection and salvation for all.
    The Cross symbolizes death and rising to eternal life.
    I understand so many around the world follow the tradition on a yearly bais as a reminder that Jesus is alive and all sins are forgiven.
    As Mr. Spock would say…" Fascinating".

    April 18, 2017
    1. willsblog

      You’re completely incorrect about the “salvation for all”, read the Bible and you will see that NOT everyone will be saved. You’re also incorrect about the cross symbolizing death. The Romans wanted the cross to symbolize death and intimidation however God and His Son had other ideas. While it’s true that many people around the world “follow the tradition”, it’s NOT true that they have a clue, are saved nor would know Jesus or God if He stood right in front of them.

      April 19, 2017
      1. PTF

        Anyone who challenge the Bible after reading it should realize they may not be saved. You think a light bulb would appear and maybe they’ll think it’s never too late to change.
        Sounds like you may be disturbed about the sins man has committed.
        It will get worse and it’ll be too late when judgement time comes around the bend.
        Question:
        Can we asked for forgiveness or it’s too late ?
        I will use myself as a example.
        I’ve done a few things in the past as a immature person. Now since I’m older I reflect on what I’ve done. I felt more embarrassment than shame. As I mature I found myself preparing to ask for forgiveness. This is why I posted the initial response above. Maybe I’m wrong as you pointed out but there’s a outside chance for redemption.

        April 20, 2017
        1. willsblog

          It’s never too late unless one is dead or the Lord returns. Sin doesn’t disturb me, what does disturb me are the folks who claim to know God yet cannot sin enough. What does disturb me are the folks who will lie about their salvation and when you attempt to quote scripture then claim that you are “judging them” as if quoting the Bible is wrong or something.
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          None of us are perfect, none of us are sinless and none of us are righteous. That does not mean that we should sin all we want though. As the Bible says, if we ask for forgiveness He is faithful and just to forgive us.

          April 21, 2017