Why The Cross
What is the importance of the Cross
Believers in the Word of God accept as truth the following:
1 - Sin entered a perfect world, because man (Adam) was disobedient to God.
2 - There is a punishment for sin or sin must be paid for: Romans 6:23 -For the wages of sin is death;
3 - Jesus Christ died that death for our sins on the Cross.
During Jesus Christ life here on earth, the Roman Army would put their convicted prisoners to death by placing them on a cross. The use of the cross for execution by the Roman Army was to put on public display both suffering and shame.
Suffering, because the physical body was hanging in pain and agony. And shame because people would walk by while you were hanging there, look at you and say mean things about you as well say evil things directly to you.
We understand why Jesus Christ died for our sins, but why did He have to die on the Cross. Why didn’t they stone Him to death or even use other common weapons like a Sword or Spear to put Him to death. Why the Cross in Suffering and Shame.
1 Corinthians 1:18 -For the preaching [Message] of the cross is to them that perish [Unsaved] foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the [Demonstration of] power of God.
So it’s not just that Jesus Christ died for our sins, but it’s how He died for our sins. Christ not only died for our sins, but He also died to restore the relationship between God and man that had been broken by sin in the Garden.
The Roman soldiers, after beating Jesus, nailed him to a rough cross-beam of wood and dropped it in a hole in the ground, causing unimaginable pain.
Those who looked at the ghastly spectacle of a man dying in agony and shame on the cross saw him as a man of their time.
Dying on the cross was without doubt the hardest and the most painful way a man could die. So God chose this method of death for His son Jesus Christ to demonstrate to man, the greater the Suffering and Shame, the greater the Glory to God and His Son..
1 Peter 4:13 -But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. KJV
Just how far would Jesus Christ go to restore our broken relationship with God and at the same time bring Glory to God His Father? Answer: All the way to the Cross!
Pastor Paul Richardson