Paul had so much that he could have boasted about when he was alive. In his day he was the church’s greatest preacher, greatest missionary, greatest apologist, greatest theologian, and greatest author. He wrote more books than anyone else in the Bible; almost one-half of the New Testament. But whenever Paul boasted it was not in himself, but in the cross of Christ. This Sunday we will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ! And for those who have heard the Easter story dozens of times, I want to encourage you to never lose the wonder and glory of the cross by reminding you what the cross revealed and accomplished for us.
The cross amplifies the love of God for His people. Many times people look at the newspaper, listen to their television, see earthquakes, murders and rapes happening all around and say: “Where is the love of God?” The cross is where the love of God is displayed to the world. The cross means that no matter what else happens in this world, God loves you. 1 John 4:10 says, “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins."
The cross satisfied the law of God and the judgment we all deserved. Ezekiel 18:20 says, “The soul who sins shall die.” Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Now if the soul that sins has to die, and if every soul has sinned, that means every soul must die. Therefore there are only two options: Either everyone has to die in their sins, or someone has to die for the sins of everyone. And that is where the cross of Christ triumphantly declares us free from sin!
All of this simply means we could never know salvation from the penalty of sin, release from the power of sin, or freedom from the presence of sin, without the cross of Christ. There is no way out of hell, and no way into heaven, except through the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are to glory eternally in the cross of Christ because the only hope for a hurting, hateful, horrible world is that old rugged cross. May we never lose the wonder.