With Easter less than two weeks away, there is no better time to focus on the meaning of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many people are fascinated by this phenomenon,whether or not they are Christian or regular church attenders. In fact, Easter is a holiday that leads many of those individuals to church for a variety of reasons. Regardless of the reason, this is a good thing – we Christians should want people to come and join us on the most holy holiday of the year.
The question is: What message will they hear? What message will we hear?
The truth of the Gospel? How Jesus lived? How he loved? How he died? How he came back to life? Will we hear about His radical grace, along with His radical expectations of His followers?
Will we hear about the reason Jesus died on the cross? Or will we hear a cheapening of the cross.
Anytime we make Jesus out to be someone who was more concerned about anything other than our souls, we cheapen the cross.
Anytime we make Jesus out to be someone who would engage in sin or support others in their sin, we cheapen the cross.Anytime we make Jesus out to be anything other than GOD, we cheapen the cross.
Yes, we cheapen the cross when we don’t speak the entire truth about who Christ is. Why he died. Why he arose! People need to know the truth. The truth is that God so loved the world that He sent His only son so that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). What’s so amazing about this is it’s all-inclusive! As the saying goes, the ground is level at the foot of the cross.
Christians are called by Jesus to deny ourselves, take up our own crosses daily, and follow Him. If we are true believers, we cannot twist the Bible into what we want it to say or mean. If you are not in a Bible believing, teaching, and preaching church, you are in the wrong place. I am thankful I am in a church that will not cheapen the cross. Are you?