Have you ever broken the law? We’ve all had the occasional traffic violation or parking ticket…. but many of us try to lead good lives. We go to church every week, help others. We’re not lawbreakers...or are we? The Bible says we are. In fact, we have so often broken God’s Law that we have accumulated an infinite debt to him. That infinite debt, that we could never pay back, was completely erased --- completely cleared -- on the cross at Calvary.
Christians believe that the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, with his resurrection, was the most important event in the history of the world. To Christians, the cross of Christ is the source of all hope and comfort. Yet the same cross that is so attractive to the followers of Christ is exactly what keeps others from coming to him at all. How could there be any power in a man hanging on a cross?
If I were to ask you, "Are you at war with anyone?" you would probably be surprised, maybe even offended. And why would that be such a strange question? Probably because we all want to think of ourselves as peace loving individuals. But the fact is, we are at war, with God. The good news is, that God has made a peace offering towards us. Will you accept it?
Most of us in our day to day lives feel pretty good about ourselves. We’re generally truthful. We put in an honest day’s work. We are by and large, good people...good enough to get into heaven...or are we? The Bible teaches us that we are helpless, hopeless, and unrighteous. The good news is, that’s not the end of the story.
Grotesque, morbid, unsightly... those words describe something that is at the very heart of Christianity. It’s something that is preached and taught about all the time in the Christian faith. I’m talking about Christ’s crucifixion. And while some may find it too brutal, or think it unnecessary... because of our sin, it is essential to our very salvation. For wherever the cross disappears, true Christianity also disappears.
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