The Redefining Cross
As we approach the day we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, I’m overwhelmed to consider the power of God to completely redefine a place and its significance.
For us now (and even for many who don’t follow Jesus), the cross indicates hope. As in the devastation in New York City after 9/11, the cross found among the wreckage was taken as a symbol of hope and an awareness of God’s closeness even in despair.
But if we were to show a cross to someone before Jesus’ death, the idea of hope probably wouldn’t have been first on anyone’s mind. It represented Roman brutality and dominance. Crosses put criminals and dissidents in their place as a warning to anyone who might consider rebellion.
Excruciatingly painful, excessively bloody… yet God took a place of gruesome torture symbolizing an empire’s dominion and cruelty and redefined it as a place of redemption that broke sin’s dominion and offered hope.
What God did in that act of love changed the significance of the cross. No longer was it a temporal expression of mortality but an eternal reminder of the lengths God was willing to go to have you in His family.
The darkest moment was transformed as separation became reconciliation, brokenness became restoration; and God is still doing it today.
Every dark, hard, and difficult situation in which you find yourself–just remember that it was all changed at the cross. You’re not a new cross. You’re living through the lens of His.
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. –Galatians 2:20
You have been crucified with Christ, not after Christ or like Christ. It’s not a current state of affairs. Since you entered salvation through His cross, you can expect His same outcome.
When glorious resurrection comes, the betrayal, pain, heartache, and despair get swallowed up. What was intended to be your end becomes a new beginning while the place of grief is turned to hope and joy.
Remember that the same God who redefined the cross has redefined and continues to redefine you. Death, despair, and hopelessness are now life, joy, and perfect hope.
No matter what you may currently face, take courage that resurrection is working in and through you. There’s only one cross and Christ was already crucified. It may be foolishness to the world, but to we being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18).
What are your thoughts on this? What excites you about celebrating Jesus’ resurrection?