As Wide as the Cross
By Way of Continuation
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 (KJV)
Today I would like to continue with you in the examination of seeing the road to the narrow gate as being as wide as the Cross. In my last Freedom Fighter I left off with Moses lifting the bronze serpent head in the desert and how those malcontents (known as the children of Israel) would look up to it to be healed of the snake bites they were receiving. They complained about their situation and YHVH gave them a little paddling for doing it. If we were to unpack this moment of wilderness wandering we would find The Gospel. And how is that you may be asking? Well let’s see…
In John’s Gospel (3:14-15) Jesus declares that as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so the Son of man must be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him, may have eternal life. If we compare their sin and ours, there is no difference. Sin bites like a serpent and can sting like all get out. If we compare the application of their remedy and ours it becomes the same. They looked up and lived because they believed enough in YHVH to save them from the stinging bite of the serpents. So, likewise, if we believe enough in the Son, then we, likewise, will overcome the sting of this life and shall not perish. And what’s enough look like, is 100% enough?
It took faith back then and it takes faith now. It is by faith that we look to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2) In the same way those snake bites caused the Israelites pain and made them fear death, so should a healthy fear of separation from Him and His ability to provide eternal life with Him keep us from disobedience to His will in our lives. Without YHVH’s provision of salvation neither we nor the Israelites experience freedom from the grips of death. So there was much gospel in this…interesting.
Now, getting back to the nuts and bolts of the Cross. If we look at the way the Cross worked during the times of Jesus, we then could see why He would say, “…so the Son of man must be lifted up”. Traditional speaking after someone was nailed to the vertical beam of the Cross (patibulum) it was lifted up and placed on the horizontal beam (stipe) through a notched hole. The feet were slightly lifted by a foot rest (suppedaneum) and then nailed through. Not only in a theological sense is Jesus to be lifted up but in a very prophetical sense He was physically lifted up as well.
So as this concept of the road to the narrow gate being as wide as the Cross of Christ comes together I prayerfully hope we all can see both the Old and New Testament parallel’s in our need for salvation. As everything comes together through the Law and the Prophets as well as the grace and the mercy of YHVH, His Son and the Holy Spirit the perfect plan of our redemption can only be done by a divine architect…and that ain’t any of us. Deal with it. We have to walk the road, dying daily. Amen? More to come… Chris Hughes is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger
Quote of the day: “It (The Cross) lifts us from sin to righteousness, from the degradation and defilement of our natural condition to the image of Christ and the righteousness of God. “To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood” (Revelation 1:5) is the tribute which every saint has brought to the Cross of Jesus Christ.”—A.B. Simpson
Verse to Memorize: I will lift my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2