Written by: Tim Wood
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8 ESV)
What do you think about when you see a cross? Does it make you stop and think? We’re so accustomed to seeing crosses that we don’t even give it a second thought. However, we should deeply meditate about God’s work for us on the cross.
For most of us, it is natural to think about what we must do to be saved by God. But the cross tells us a different story. The truth of the cross tells me what God has already done to save me. It’s not what I must do but what God has already done.
This passage is Romans 5 tells us three thrilling, simple, yet profound truths about the cross of Christ.
First, the cross tells us that Jesus saves us by dying for us – “Christ died for the ungodly”. The cross reminds me that it took the death of Jesus to make me right with God. St. Paul instructed Timothy, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). Jesus died the death that I should have died to save me.
Second, the cross tells me that we didn’t deserve this saving work. We were helpless and weak to do anything about our relationship with God. The cross of Jesus is the power and provision of God for helpless people.
Third, the cross tells me that the death of Jesus for sinners is a demonstration of God’s love. How does God prove his love to me? The cross of Jesus. How do I know God loves me? The cross of Jesus. If God gave me his best when I was at my worst, what circumstance could ever make God stop loving me?
On the front part of our church property stands a white cross about ten feet high. Every time I see that cross I try to remember God loves me. God will never leave me. God gave me the greatest gift. When I see that cross I remind myself that I don’t have to do anything to earn God’s gracious favor, God gave me his grace by allowing Christ to die for the ungodly. Hallelujah for the cross!
What do you think about when you see the cross?