Hello friends, brothers and sisters in Christ! I hope this finds you well today.
“Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world, has a wondrous attraction for me,” goes the beloved hymn.
The Cross. It is the central-point, the very heart, of Christianity. It is where the sins of the world and the wrath of God clashed with fury, resulting in redemption for all who put their faith in the One who died upon it—then was raised from the dead.
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:18
Indeed, the cross is despised and considered foolish to those in academia, Hollywood, religions, and the like. It is foolish to those who submerge themselves in violence, greed, and immorality. Still, the Cross remains a beacon of hope to all who come to it humbly. The world continues to mock it; nevertheless, through the Cross the burdened continue to find rest, the guilty find pardon, the dirty find cleansing, the hopeless find a living hope, those who sat in darkness receive light, and the lonely find acceptance.
The world will remain a cesspool of toxic filth. Yet, the Cross of Christ will continue to be a beacon of light and the entrance into salvation for those who are willing to come to it and believe in the Christ who died upon it—then was raised from the dead.
The world will forever mock the Cross, but such mockery and scorn will never dilute the potency of the power of the Cross.