The Epic Centerpiece

Years ago I heard a sermon on Gal. 6:15 and something in me was solidified. I had been reading the Scriptures the year I heard that sermon as though I had never read them before, and if nothing else, one thing was unmistakably clear: the epic centerpiece of the Bible is the cross of Christ.

1 Cor. 2:2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

Gal. 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Gal. 6:14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Col. 1:19-20 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

There is nothing more fascinating and comforting than the cross of Christ. “The cross of Christ is a good Christian’s chief glory, and there is the greatest reason why we should glory in it, for to it we owe all our joys and hopes” (Matthew Henry). All of our joys, and all of our hopes, spring from the cross of Christ.

The cross is comforting because at the cross I find salvation. I am saved from God’s just wrath against sin and sinners. At the cross the fury of God was poured out in full upon the sinless God-man, Jesus Christ, who took the place of all who would believe in him. I’m obsessed with the comfort of the cross.

The cross is fascinating because at the cross God’s glory is blazing. The righteousness of God is blazing as we see him deal with sin justly. He dealt with sin by crushing the sinless Christ. He didn’t overlook sin. The grace of God is blazing because we see God forgive sinners. It is not me on the cross. It is someone else in my place. That is grace amazing. That is grace inexpressible. That is fascinating. I’m obsessed with the glory of the cross.

Have you come to the cross for comfort and fascination? For joy and hope? Have you been freed from the guilt and power of sin? Have you found what your eyes and heart were made to behold: the glory of God? It is all free at the cross.