Work of the Cross - A New Meaning
Walk thru the gates of Jerusalem, look up to Calvary, and see the work of the cross. Remember the day our Savior, who bore His own cross, died for the sins of mankind upon the cross set upon that hill. See the cross beside it that bore the body of the thief, who in his dying breath recognized Jesus as Lord, and cried out, “Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingdom” (Luke 23:42).
Even as Jesus suffered the pain and agony of crucifixion, He set Himself aside. He assured this man, “Today you shall be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).
` The cross reminds each of us that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
The cross was an ancient symbol of ornamental and religious value. Many ancient civilizations included the cross in their drawings. In Jesus’ time the cross was a painful and gruesome form of execution. Jesus gave this age-old symbol a new meaning in the work of the cross.
Work of the Cross - Once-for-All
Jesus set the ultimate example of sacrifice in His once-for-all work on the cross. After completing His years of ministry, leading His disciples, and showing us His example for living a life pleasing to the Father, Jesus willingly offered up His life to pay the debt we could not pay—our sin debt. He died for all mankind. It is now our individual choice to accept or reject His gift.
Jesus completed His work and said, “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). Jesus, the sinless one (2 Corinthians 5:21), took the sin of the world and allowed Himself to be hung upon the cross. His blood became the ultimate sacrifice. The Bible describes Jesus as a “lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:19). His sacrifice provided the sacrifice and atonement for our sins. Sinful man was redeemed (made righteous) and reconciled to their Creator God.
Upon completion of God’s once-for-all act of love, the Lord God established a New Covenant (Hebrews 10:16-17) with His children. The veil of the temple that had separated man from God was torn so that we may enter the Holy Place by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 10:19-23).
Work of the Cross Continues
The work of the cross is ongoing—