Many years ago Charlton Heston caught my attention in the Ten Commandments. It helped solidify what the Cross of Christ meant.
From that movie God revealed to me the death and Resurrection of Jesus was the most important event in history. It was a timeline changer; a weekend of antiquity; a narration that chronicles life for every human being that has or ever will live.
Whether the event is believed or not nothing else has created more controversy. It is the butt of jokes, the question of doubters and skeptics and the twist of nature even atheist can’t stop talking about.
A very large heavy piece of wood cut into a cross has riled nations, caused wars, and fueled debates.
Some have made it into an idol, others trash it. Some burn it and others weep over it. Many wear it around their neck.
While scoffers ridicule it, many search for its true meaning. Those who hurt or grieve look to the cuts on his back, the bruises from beatings and his nail pierced hands as the ultimate in ransom for our hearts.
No matter how you feel about it, the cross cannot be discounted or overlooked.
The cross defines history. Before and after.
If Jesus never died on the cross, it is the largest con ever performed.
If he did, no other event in history will come close to matching it.
The Cross is one for the record books; a one of a kind heartbreak and blessing all wrapped up in God’s redemption.
Skeptics will argue he can’t possibly be God on earth. And if one really thinks about it, his mission was quite absurd, but it had to be done. No other blood could do what the Holy blood of Christ did.
Beyond its cleansing power over sin, it fooled the devil and ruined his plans. For the time being he is fighting for a kingdom he will never have and making life miserable for as many as he can attack.
Jesus conquered the enemy in the most horrific death anyone has ever experienced. It is unfathomable to the human mind to comprehend it. (Isaiah 52:14)
Up to his last breath, insults were hurled, jokes were made, and his robe became a gamble.
And Jesus? He looked beyond their sin and his unbearable pain knowing why he hung there.