Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Lift the Cross High

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

The Apostle Paul said something interesting to the Corinthians Christ followers. He told them that he was sent to preach the gospel so that people would get the meaning of the cross of Christ. 

Evidently, the cross is not a self-explanatory event. It takes inspired commentary — including the words of Jesus Himself — to make sense of its majesty.

Why is that? What made the cross of Christ special? Tens of thousands of people were crucified during Roman rule, and the message was the same (in the eyes of Rome), JUSTICE SERVED. Why is it that Christ followers see the cross as our highest consolation? The consummation of all hope?

It’s because Jesus, and preachers since Him, have taught us that by His death, sinners are reconciled with God and given eternal life. Paul determined that the message of the cross was at the forefront of his ministry. Ministry wasn’t about him, his experiences, his talents, his shortcomings, it was about the cross and what it accomplishes in the lives of those who believe.

Today, we are witnesses, preachers if you will. Here’s our sermon subject: Hold up the cross of Christ, point people to the cross, with as little of ourselves showing as possible.

Christ [sent] me…to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 1 Corinthians 1.17

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