How personal is the Cross to you? I’m not talking about the one you wear around your neck or hang on the wall. Not just a symbol or two pieces of wood either, but the Cross at Calvary, the act. I often sit and wonder at the Cross, think about the awesomeness and tragedy, but seldom do I think about who was responsible, why it was necessary. It was the Jews, the Roman guards, the crowd, it was their doing, right? Or was it mine?
Reality is, it was the sin of you and me that is equally responsible for nailing Christ to that Cross. But in the act of divine Love, Christ chose to take that responsibility on Himself.
How personal is the Cross to you? Do you recognize what happened for you that day on Golgotha? God publically declared His unconditional love for you. Christ personally set everything aside, with you on His mind, knowing this is how He would reconcile the relationship that you broke in sinning, and this was how He could make a way for you to spend eternity with Him. Don’t for one second believe that Christ didn’t know you, or your sin 2000 years ago at the Cross, cause it’s what put Him there to begin with. He thought of you, when He said yes to suffering and death. You, His friend, are the one He decided to show love toward that day¹. It was you.
The Apostle Paul, when writing to the Galatians understood how personal the Cross is.
[Christ] who loved me, and gave Himself for me.“²
How personal is the Cross to you?¹ | John 15:13 2 | Galatians 2:20