4/30/2000 11:00 AM
Consider Jesus and the cross he was hung on. He endured it for the joy set before him. He saw something being accomplished by it. It wasn't just another of man's senseless acts. There is a benefit for us in that which was purchased on the cross. He endured the cross to make a difference in how things would be for us. Christ is not in shame today. Christ suffered even before the cross, but he was able to give it to God and go through it for good.
Christ is the head of the church. He is the beginning because he made the first step. He acted first to bring an end to the rebellion against God that we could have peace. The "peace" we have in this world today isn't truly peace. The two sides aren't working together. When Christ purchased peace - he brought an end to the fight, not a truce. There doesn't have to be rebellion against God. Through Jesus we can have a clear conscience before God. Christ purchased an end of the alienation - peace with God.
Christ purchased peace between us and our fellow man. God didn't intend that one person's enjoyment of life would take away from another's. The solution for hate crimes isn't found in Congress. We don't have to hate others, but we can have peace toward our fellowman.
Christ took the law and nailed it to the cross. God has provided something that supersedes the old law. When we have Christ and his peace we don't need the law. Christ triumphed over those who would keep the law and those who thought they were in power.
Paul here is dealing with those who would require circumcision as a part of being saved. The cross delivers us from the power of worldliness. When we come to Christ, our purpose of life changes. The only thing that matters is a new creature. The cross of Christ made it possible for us to be new creatures.
1 Corinthians 1:17, 18
To the saved, the cross of Christ shows the power of God. To some this power is foolishness. This power enables us to live the life. We don't want to lessen the power of the cross through religiousness. We need to DELIVER THE MESSAGE. The power of Christ to save lives is what needs to come through. The sacrifice Christ made makes the difference.