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But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14
Yesterday many of us celebrated the Lord’s Supper in our churches – a special time to remember what happened the day that Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
We are in trouble in the American church because we seem to be afraid to talk about the cross – and heaven forbid if we mention the word “blood” in some churches.
Dr. Paul David Tripp in his new devotional, New Morning Mercies – A Daily Gospel Devotional (Crossway) reminds is us that “the cross of Jesus Christ stands as a beacon of hope in a world gone bad. Life, hope, forgiveness, and change are really possible!”
His words are too powerful a reminder to miss:
The cross doesn’t stand stained with the death blood of the Messiah in the darkness of moral defeat. It is not the sad symbol of a plan gone wrong. It doesn’t preach that the good gets smashed at evil’s hand. It doesn’t suck salvation hope out of those who would believe. The cross isn’t the grand symbol of redemption’s embarrassment. The cross shouldn’t make you ashamed. No, it should stand at the epicenter of your boasting. Hear the words of the apostle Paul: “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Gal. 6: 14).
In a sin-scarred world, there really aren’t many things worth boasting about. As sinners, rescued from ourselves by powerful grace, we don’t have many valid reasons for puffing out our chests. We’re all more case studies of mercy than heroes. The world around us groans under the weight of its fallenness.
The history of humanity would be a sick and dreary story if it weren’t for the rough-hewn tree of death on the hill of Golgotha. It was an unlikely place for a scene of history-changing triumph. The place where they executed criminals seems to be the last place to go to find hope. The scene where they killed the world’s only innocent man doesn’t seem to be a place that excites celebration. But such is the paradox of grace. Death is the doorway to life. Hopelessness is the entrance to hope. Weakness is the place to find strength. Injustice is where mercy flows. Life comes to those who deserve death. Defeat is actually a victory. The end is really a beginning. Out of sorrow comes eternal celebration. The tomb is the place where new life begins.
Tripp, Paul David (2014-10-31). New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional (Kindle Locations 7221-7233). Crossway. Kindle Edition.
My brothers – the Cross is a reminder of victory! It’s a reminder of LIFE. HOPE! FORGIVENESS! And praise God, a reminder that CHANGE really IS possible! Don’t shun the cross. Embrace it! Preach it! Live it! Dr. Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick. You can email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: It is the cross of Christ that give you reason to hope, sing, celebrate, and live. It was never the interruption of God’s saving plan, but the essential means of it. It was never a defeat. It was always a victory. Paul David Tripp
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8