Unlimited: The Cross is About More Than Just Forgiveness
Jan 3, 2017 1038
God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement… He did it to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the One who justifies those who have faith in Jesus (Romans 3:24,26 NIV).
If we want to understand the Cross, we need to understand that it is not just about forgiveness. It is also about the holiness of God.
Yes, it is a wonderful revelation of the love of God. All of our sins are but a grain of sand compared to the mountain of His forgiveness. All of our sins are just a dewdrop falling into the ocean of His mercy.
But the Cross reveals, first of all, the holiness of God. God Himself could not forgive sin until its penalty was paid. The Cross was necessary so that God might be just and the Justifier of all who believe.
The Cross is a microcosm of the universe that unfolds the heart of God. God is against sin, but God is for sinners. The Cross also unfolds the heart of man. Man is so sinful he’d destroy His God. The Cross tells the reality about heaven and about earth, about past, present, and future. To understand the mystery of the Cross is to have insight into all the mysteries of existence.
The Cross of Christ also proclaims, “There’s more to come! Life is not just pain and death. There’s resurrection and glory!” That, too, is part of the meaning of the Cross. – Des Ford
Eli’s Reflection: Des calls the Cross “a microcosm of the universe that unfolds the heart of God.” Think about what the Cross reveals about the universe, and what it reveals about God. What is the most surprising revelation for you? Find someone to share it with.