Have you ever wondered why the cross is important? Or perhaps why some consider it politically incorrect, controversial or even offensive?
Jesus died by crucifixion in his early 30s. On the face of it, the mission of Jesus may seem to some as a tremendous failure. But a closer reading of Scripture makes it clear that Jesus knew His death on a cross must take place. Jesus predicted to His disciples that He would be crucified. He came from heaven to earth to die on the cross for our sins – a sinless Savior providing forgiveness for those who would repent of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ. So the cross is rightly the symbol of the Christian faith.
At the cross of Christ we realize our total inability to save ourselves. This is difficult for us as we want to maintain our pride, and do something for our salvation. We want to bring something to the table.
In I Corinthians 1:26-29, Paul emphasizes that all human boasting, wisdom, and power are shattered at the foot of the cross. The wisdom of this world and your achievements will never lead you to salvation. The cross exalts God and humbles us.
Contrary to those who prefer a gospel without a cross, Christianity doesn’t consist of some vague concepts of being loving and good. It is not a collection of platitudes designed to make us feel good about ourselves or make us nicer people or better citizens. An uncrucified Jesus rarely offends anyone, but our faith centers on the Lord Jesus who died on the cross for our sins.
Therefore we cannot compromise on the cross of Christ!