The Message of the Cross

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 there a word that has more significance and power than this one?  What image comes to your mind?

Some see the worst picture imaginable of the torture and pain that our Savior, Jesus Christ, endured. Others see it as a beautiful symbol of our faith and the hope of life eternal. Some see it as a sign of sin and death. Others see it as a symbol of life and forgiveness. What does the cross mean to you?

What a mixture of emotions the image of a cross can bring, depending on whether we recognize and appreciate the sacrifice that the Son of God endured for us to receive salvation, or whether it is considered mere “foolishness” by those who don’t choose to believe, or have not heard.

To those of us who do believe, the cross is a powerful reminder of God’s love for us – a love so great that He would give His Son to die for us so that we might live. And it is an everlasting reminder of His infinite forgiveness, power, and grace. Because of the cross, we can live with the assurance that His love and presence is always with us. May we never take such a priceless and loving gift for granted – for the cross is His promise to us of more to come, life eternal with Him.

Prayer

Our most gracious and loving God, we are so grateful that we know you and believe in the saving grace of your Son, Jesus Christ.  We are so grateful that we can live with the assurance that our sins are forgiven, your love and grace will always be sufficient, and that we can spend eternity with you.  Amen

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