“…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
The axis mundi of our faith; the place where heaven and earth collide.
Christianity is nothing without the power of the cross.
It is where the Son of God came down and sacrificed himself in love for us. He washed away our sins and took them upon himself.
On Friday, it seemed hopeless. There was darkness, the earth shook, rocks split.
Saturday was filled with fear and doubt. What ifs permeated the conversations, what nows clutched at the minds of the disciples.
But Sunday, hope returned. The power of the cross was revealed. Those momentous words were uttered from one whose “appearance was like lightning:”
“‘He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.'” -Matthew 28:6
We cling to the power of the cross because without it, we are nothing. But without the resurrection, the cross is nothing.
Good Friday is good only because of what happened on Sunday. In the resurrection, the work of the cross was culminated.
That’s what the power of the cross is. Love covered our sins. Christ’s love for us who are so sinful, so dirty, that we do not deserve to be loved is why he laid down his life.
The axis mundi of our faith is the cross-the turning point of the world-and the power of the crucifixion is all because of love.
“To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.” -G.K. Chesterton
On Friday it was hopeless, but on Sunday he rose.
We believe the unbelievable; that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth, suffered, died, was buried, and in three days rose again.
Christ forgave our sins and took on the punishment of death that they warranted.
He forgave because he loved us, even when we are covered by sin.
The axis mundi that is the cross only exists because of love.
Let us love because he loved us first.