Scripture Reading: Isaiah 53:10–12
Key Verse: Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
The cross of Jesus Christ is a sacred symbol to Christians, as it represents everything in which we believe. To truly understand the message of this symbol, we must increase in knowledge about the purpose of the Cross, which leads to a question: What personal message from God can be found in the event of Christ’s death on the cross?
- The Cross reveals God’s unconditional love for you. Though it was the collective sin of the human race that deserved punishment, God chose to lay this great debt upon one Man—His own Son. He did this as an act of love for you.
- The Cross exemplifies God’s awesome power. Jesus’ death and resurrection symbolize His ultimate triumph over eternal condemnation. His blood established a new covenant and a chance for all people to spend eternity in the presence of God.
As you meditate upon the event of the Cross, consider God’s love, righteousness, faithfulness, and power. In one time-altering moment on the cross, His greatest blessing was poured out to a world thirsty for the saving grace of the one, true God.
Father, thank You that the cross links humanity from Genesis to Revelations and that in doing so it exemplifies your righteousness and faithfulness.