The meaning of the Cross
Easter is the biggest and most important event of any year and the biggest on the Christian calendar. Easter reminds us of the biggest gift ever given to mankind, Jesus dying on the cross and overcoming death. This is the greatest symbol of love, bringing us victory over every area of our lives.
Many people all over the world celebrate Easter, but don’t always realize the full value of the cross. It took me years to fully understand it and when I eventually did, it brought me to tears. Let me share the true meaning of the cross with you.
Jesus fulfilled various prophecies
There are more than 300 prophecies that were fulfilled while Jesus was on earth and more than 44 of those were prophecies about His birth.
He laid his life down for us
John 10:11: I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
He set us free
Gal 5:13: You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. Gal 5:1: It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. John 8:36: So, if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Jesus Demonstrated the greatest act of love
John 15:13: Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
He reconciled us with God
Rom. 5:10: For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
Jesus died for our sins
1 Cor. 15:3: For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. Col. 2:14: Having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
Reconciled Jew and Gentile
Col. 1:20: And through Him to reconcile all things to Himself. Gal 3:28: There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Jesus rendered the Devil Powerless
Heb. 2:14: Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.
He brought in the New Covenant
Heb. 9:15-16: And for this reason, He is the mediator of a new covenant, in order that since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
Jesus overcame death
2 Tim 1:10: But now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 1 Cor 15:54: But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “death is swallowed up in victory.
He brought healing
1 Pet. 2:24: And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.
It is therefore very clear that Easter is more than just a man hanging on the cross, dying for our sins. Let us celebrate Easter this week, but let us truly take all the victories of the cross and apply it to our lives every single day.
Don’t let satan keep reminding you about your past. Your sins have been forgiven. Don’t be afraid of death, for death has been defeated. Don’t accept illness, as the blood of Jesus brought us healing. Don’t allow anyone make you feel less worthy of others, we were all made equal by the cross. Don’t live a life judging yourself or others based on the laws of Moses. We have been set free from the law. Don’t allow satan to dictate your life, for he has been defeated.
Jesus showed the greatest love of all time, by dying for me and you, now let us follow in His footsteps and show love to others. Let us live a life of love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself. Gal 5:14.
Have a blessed Easter
Jaco van As, Managing Director