A Closer Look at the Cross
Front Page 23.4; April 2016
Paul did not try to impress others with his style or wisdom. He simply sought to introduce others to “Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” (1 Cor. 2:1,2). The crucifixion is a horrible story in terms of its brutality and agony. But if we take a closer look at the event, we do learn some valuable lessons.
First, we see the supreme love of our Creator for fallen humanity. The statement “God is love” (1 John 4:19) is not just speculation or theory - but it is powerfully demonstrated by the historical event of the crucifixion (John 3:16).
We also see the depth of the enmity between God and sin. They are in direct and complete opposition to one another. Sin is our enemy. (James 4:4).
We see victory after suffering. The victory is seen, for example, in the angels’ question at the newly empty tomb: “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen.” (Luke 24:5).
Finally, we see that which baptism represents: the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. The New Testament teaches that even as Christ died, was buried, then arose; we must die to sin, we are buried with Him in baptism, and we arise from baptism to walk in newness of life.” (Rom. 6:3-6).