The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ

“Knowing that they were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver and gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1 Peter 1:18-19)

Christ sacrificed himself for us, he suffered and died on the cross willingly on our behalf, to remove our sins, bless our human nature by uniting it with his divinity, saving us from death and making us like Him. “Let this mind be in you which was also in Jesus Christ, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8)

My Value to God, when we look at the Cross, we see our priceless value in the eyes of God. Because our Lord Jesus Christ has paid a very costly price, His body and blood, to redeem us, we are very precious in the eyes of our Lord. Knowing that, we should have no worries about anything in the world. St. Paul says “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)

The Love of God, “When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine, says the Lord God” (Ezekiel 16:8). When we look at the Cross we remember God’s ultimate love for man, fulfilled by our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross and recorded by John, the Evangelist, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The Cross is a concrete vivid manifestation of God’s love for us.

The Forgiveness of Sins, every time we look at the cross we know that there is no condemnation on us, and that our Lord Jesus Christ forgave us all our sins. The crucifixion of our Lord is the sole means by which our sins are forgiven. Jesus dying on the cross, crushed Satan and stripped him of all power and gave us the power to defeat Satan.

The Vanity of the World, every time we look at the Cross we know that we are crucified to the world, and the world to us. In Baptism, which is a fellowship and participation in the crucifixion and death of our Lord, we are buried with our Lord Jesus Christ. Thus it is no longer we who live, but our Lord Jesus Christ who lives in us (Galatians 2:20). The Cross reminds us that we are dead with our Lord Jesus Christ in order to live with Him. But those who crucify their desires and passions with our Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 5:24), they will live and be glorified eternally with Him.

The wickedness of sin, St. Peter says, every time I look at the Cross I remember how wicked sin is, how our Lord Jesus Christ had to suffer, and was crucified because of my sins. “Let this mind be in you which was also in Jesus Christ, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond servant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:5-8)