No matter what nonbelievers think about how foolish the Cross might be, we Christians realize its importance and should never allow the beliefs of others to make us stray from its importance. As believers, we need to realize that there are four very important reasons or purposes for the Cross.
Jesus died on the Cross to satisfy His own justice. Gods Word says that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). So, when we break Gods Law, we must pay the penalty. Jesus, the only sinless one, however, paid that penalty for us on the Cross.
Jesus died on the Cross so that he could redeem His own children. He delivered all of us from sin and death. Every single one of us is born into enmity with God, but God has gone and provided us the way back to Him and that is through the Cross of Jesus Christ, His only Son and our Savior.
Jesus died on the Cross to justify His believers. It was an act of gracious justice. God does not excuse our sin as a minor concern, but He does forgive and restore us when we come to Him in repentance and humility through our faith in Jesus Christ. God gives us this salvation from sin and death as a gift, a very costly gift.
Jesus died on the Cross to reconcile all of those who will believe in Him to His Father. Sin builds a wall between us and God; and only Jesus Christ can tear down that wall. When we are reconciled with God, it transforms us from being Gods enemies to being His children.
“For if, when we were Gods enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!”
Thank You, Jesus, for all that You accomplished on the Cross. Thank You for the reconciliation I now have with God because of the price You had to pay.