Picture the Cross

“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2:13-14


If you were to look at the pictures and paintings of The Three Crosses, your attention would be drawn first to the center cross on which Jesus died. It is almost always taller than the other two which makes it stand out to be noticeable. He is the central and outstanding character because the cross is about Jesus who is also the central figure of the entire human race.


If we were able to look back in time to see the people surrounding the foot of the cross, we would most likely be impressed by the various facial expressions and actions of the people involved in the awful crime of crucifying the Son of God. It’s the same today. People are brought before the foot of the cross in various ways (sermons, lifestyles, plain conviction, etc.). Yet it doesn’t affect everyone the same. Some are interested and pay attention to the details but walk away unchanged. Others are interested in other things more than the work Christ did on the cross for them. But some accept the sacrificial and substitutionary death of Christ and receive Him as the atonement for their sins. Much like the two thieves on the crosses to the left and right of Jesus. One was changed eternally by Christ on the middle cross and as a result experienced the joys of being present with the Lord in Paradise. The other rejected and went to the torment of hell.


Spiritually speaking, you and I were at the foot of that cross. The cross occurred because of our sins. We nailed Jesus to the cross by the very actions of our sin. Yet, we are forgiven because of the power of the cross . . . the atonement (payment made) for our sin.


Bro. Larry


P.S. Update on this coming Sunday at PGBC. We will live stream Bro. Rich’s adult S.S. lesson at 10 a.m. followed by the singing and preaching at 10:45 and then close with an encouraging word by Bro. Rory to our youth. Those who do not have internet will be taken their C.D. copies on Sunday afternoon,