Read Col. 2:1–23
The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.—1 Cor. 1:18
The cross has for everyone three aspects. It is an object, a term, and an experience in the Christian life. In order to profit from our frequent reference to it we should strive to understand it better.
The cross was an experience in the life of Jesus. Down through the ages the story has been told of One who, bearing His own cross, marched out to Calvary’s hill to be crucified. The act showed His willingness to go all the way through His love for others. There was genuine truth in the statement of His tormentors,“He saved others; himself he cannot save,” for His heart of compassion led Him to die to save others, but His spirit of self- sacrifice prevented Him from saving Himself.
The cross represents a quality in the total life of Jesus. It cannot be considered alone as the few hours’ experience at the close of His life. He deliberately chose the cross, the sacrificial way of life, at every turn in His career. The good was not good enough for Him. He chose only the best. The cross represents that spirit of self-denial and His acceptance of the difficult way throughout His life.
Again, the cross is the way of salvation. It is also the necessary way of life for us. “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, . . . and follow me.” This means that we must accept the way of hardship and sacrifice as good soldiers of Christ in helping Him to establish His Kingdom upon the earth.
OUR FATHER, help us to understand the suffering that Jesus endured upon the cross, the sacrificial way which He chose throughout His life, the power in the cross to save us; and help us to have the courage to make sacrifices for high ideals. Amen.
JOSEPH S. FAULCONER
First Christian Church, Ashland, Ky.