Imagery of the cross is commonplace in our culture, perhaps too commonplace. Churches, T-shirts, bumper stickers, stationary, necklaces, earrings and the like, all display the implement of Roman torture that our Messiah was condemned to die on. There’s something about being able to buy cross-inspired jewelry in bulk from a catalog that minimizes the power of the symbolism. When it comes to the cross, familiarity may not necessarily breed contempt, but it may breed indifference.
There are far too many people who wear the cross and yet don’t carry it. Our society is saturated with cross imagery, yet it does not seem to inspire many professed believers to sanctification. As has always been the case in the history of the church, there are many who claim the cross, and yet live as though it is not relevant to their day-to-day existence. I find it tragically interesting that so many give mental assent to this event rooted in the historical past, believing it has a direct impact on their future, yet live as though it has no bearing on their present.
The transaction that took place on the cross not only saved us from our sin and hell, but, it secured for us grace imputed power and authority. This affords us the right, based on God’s credibility, to live our lives from a brand new frame of reference ̶ victim to victor ̶ conquered to conqueror. Read this good news of what was secured for us at the cross!
14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, He disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross.
Armed with this knowledge, we need not ever hang our head and live like we are the whipping boy. On the contrary; we should stand erect with our heads held high, ecstatic, proclaiming praises of victory. Would God secure for us victory and not want us to live our lives as a continual celebration of it?
“Charles Spurgeon wrote-“God delights to be worshipped with joy. ‘O come let us sing unto the LORD: Let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving.”(Psalm 95:1-2) Satan despises this. Martin Luther used to say-“Let us sing songs and spite the devil.”
The work accomplished on the Cross affords us the opportunity to be risk takers...insecurity swallowed by courage...freedom to love liberally, creatively, passionately, without expectation or fear of rejection...Timidity and bondage overtaken by purpose and promise...Being 'accepted in the beloved' means life without self protective restraints. We can now live life as it was meant to be lived ̶ on the edge. For only if we are living on the edge, are we not just taking up space.