We had a blessed time at the Cross Cultural Inter-Denominational Revival this week. For a pictorial diary of the event, go to facebook and search for “CrossCultural.”
There was another event of significance this Saturday. The Philema Road Baptist Church raised its new cross as a testimony to the work of Christ. Many came out for the ceremony. It was a moving experience for many to watch the crane hoist the cross. For a full pictorial diary of the event, go to the Philema Road Baptist Church facebook site.
The cross is distinctive to Christianity. Other religions deny the cross of Jesus. Jehovah’s Witnesses deny Jesus died on a cross. They assert He (he to them) died on a stake. The Muslims deny that Jesus (Isa to them) died on a cross because they say a prophet of God could not die in such a humiliating way or in such a “cursed” way. It has been mandated by the Mormons that no cross is to be upon any of their temples. Mormons do not wear the cross on their persons. Mormons are not to be associated with the cross.
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake, will find it.’”(Matthew 16:24-25)
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”(Romans 3:23) If that were the end of the story, we would be cooked. Sorry about the pun. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”(Romans 6:23) It’s getting better all the time. How does God provide this gift through Jesus Christ? “For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, hiving made peace through the blood of His cross.”(Colossians 1:19-20)
God brought salvation to mankind be becoming one of us. “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”(Colossians 2:8-10) . . . “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”(Colossians 2:13-15).
The cross is not an idol to be worshipped. It is a symbol of the finished work of the One to be worshipped. God used it to build the bridge between the lostness of man and the rebirth of life in Christ and ultimately heaven. God used the cross of Jesus as the only bridge down to us. The lost man tries every bridge outside of the cross to get to God and heaven and calls it “religion.”