The Cross–The Ministry and THE Message
Jesus words and Jesus life and Jesus cross . . . these are the cornerstones of the church of Christ. The Apostle Paul is not the chief cornerstone. Peter, James, and John were incredible followers of Christ, but they are not the chief cornerstones. Jesus Christ Himself is the Chief Cornerstone of the church.
I was born again at age 4. Let’s just say that was a long time ago. : ) Why is it that now as I spend hours before Him daily He takes me back to the message of the cross?
Even the people who do not know Jesus talk about the signs of the end times. In fact, ungodly tabloids make a ton of money every time they talk about the return of Christ with headlines like, “The End is Near” or “Is this the Anti-Christ?” Believe me, if there was no money in that front page story, it would never run. So why do people buy that sort of “news”? It’s because God has put it within the heart of mankind to seek Him. He loves
us so much. He wants to gather the lost to Himself.
We must get back to the ministry and the message of the cross. Multitudes are in the Valley of Decision, still lost, still wandering, still in darkness with multiple veils over their precious eyes.
Perhaps you have a sister or brother or
child or parent or friend down in the valley. Yes, the angry are down in the
Valley of Decision, raising their fists against God, faces red with rage. And
some people in the Valley of Decision are so busy with their lives they just
ignore the emptiness inside. But there are those in the Valley of Decision who
are SEEKING FOR TRUTH and SEEKING FOR LOVE. Those precious people need us. They need us to lift up the cross and call attention to the love of Jesus Christ.
“Look up here!! Look up here!” cries the Christian. “This is the way to God! This is the truth and love you long for!”
And so we lift up the cross.
We embrace the message first taught us by Jesus. “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
16 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. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:13-17).”
When we lift up the cross to display it on our property, on our person, on a billboard, on a church, we are calling the lost to look and live.
And so, we lift up the cross.
I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below and tell us what the cross means to you. Next week I want to introduce you to “Crosses Across America”, a move started in the late 1980′s to lift up three crosses in strategic areas across the highways of the USA! See you then!