Encouragement for your daily walk with God
The cross is a paradox. It demonstrates the power of God in what appears to be our Lord’s weakest moment. Jesus looked helpless hanging there, His hands and feet nailed to rough wood. The jeering crowd that had gathered to watch the crucifixion thought the same. They yelled out mockingly, “If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross” [Matthew 27:40].
Yet He didn’t. Strength is not always revealed in a dramatic display of power; at times, it’s demonstrated in just dogged endurance. Jesus could have spoken a single word and, in a nano-second, angelic help would have arrived to deliver Him [Matthew 26:53]. So what power held Jesus there? Why didn’t He speak the word to free Himself? Divine love kept Him there. Our eternal destiny was at stake, so Christ hung on the cross until it was secured.
That wasn’t the end of the cross’ power. Yes, by His death the door of salvation burst opened to all who would walk through it by faith — every sin forgiven and the assurance of a place in heaven. But as great as that is, there’s more. The power of the cross continues its work in the life of each Christ follower. How so? Transformation. Now free from the guilt of our sins, the cross continues it cleansing effect so that we can live victoriously in His righteousness.
Don’t restrict the work of the cross in your life. It is offered freely to all who believe in Him and walk in His ways. With each step of faith, the mighty work of God in us increases.
I want to preach it because I’m not ashamed of the good news. It is God’s power to save everyone who believes. It is meant first for the Jews. It is meant also for the Gentiles. The good news shows God’s power to make people right with himself. God’s power to be made right with him is given to the person who has faith. It happens by faith from beginning to end. It is written, “The one who is right with God will live by faith [Habakkuk 2:4].” Romans 1:16-17 [New International Reader’s Version NIRV]