The Magnificence of the Cross – Day 56
The cross is the greatest display of the magnificence of Christ’s love. The cross is also a subject we should never grow weary of pursuing. There is always more to know, more to discover. I love buying books on the cross. Each one (if it is good) brings out another aspect of God’s glory. The cross makes me continually say, “Wow!” It constantly fills me with wonder. The church’s boredom regarding the cross—the neglect of its centrality—is an indictment against her. The church’s neglect of preaching the cross reveals its lack of dimension. We preach love, but often it is not married to the cross. Yet, love is not real unless it is an exegesis and exemplification of the cross. Love can only be understood in light of Christ crucified.
The preaching of the cross offends both the Jew and the Gentile, both the religious and the non-religious. It is the mystery which human beings are most ignorant of, yet in this mystery is the revelation of God. God is never found nearer than in the cross. God’s nature and ways are never seen more clearly than on the cross. At the cross we see God embracing our greatest suffering: death and abandonment.
In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus was pressed and stretched beyond all understanding. In the light of the cross, he cried, “Father, if it be your will, take this cup from me” (Luke 22:42). Like Jacob he wrestled with God. And like Jacob he was overcome with the Father’s purposes and said, “Yet not my will but your will be done.” Here we see the true nature of love: it embraces the Father’s will over its own comfort. Like an olive press it squeezes us till we die to our own will. Our love of our fellow brothers and sisters is not true love unless it flows from this foundation.
Prayer: Father, let me again see the magnificence of Christ’s love displayed through the cross. Let me not stop pursuing it’s message. May I see your glory there. May I know the height, depth, length and breath of your love. May all my love be founded on your authentic love, in Jesus’ name.