“The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God” (I Corinthians 1:18 NLT).
“At the cross, at the cross,
Where I first saw the light,
And the burdens of my heart,
It was there by faith,
I received my sight,
And now, I am happy all the day!”
I am not as familiar with the author of this song as I am the song, but I can imagine that it was inspired by this verse of scripture (and others, I’m sure)–everything begins at the cross.
Paul tells us–that the message of the cross–the sacrifice made–the humiliation endured–the end results in the resurrection–that began at the cross is foolishness to those who are walking the broad path–headed in the wrong direction. But for those who know–who have had a life-changing experience once their eyes were opened to the way of righteousness, understand the power of God to save–those who were walking the broad path, but are now on the narrow path–which few seem to find–headed towards living with The King-forevermore.
By faith–we who were not at the cross when Jesus was crucified–believe and receive–the love through the sacrifice He made to provide us another avenue–redeemed by the blood shed on the cross.
By faith–we allowed the message of the redemptive work on the cross enter into our hearts and open our eyes so we could see ourselves in all of our mess and know we needed to be cleansed of all unrighteousness.
And now-that our eyes are opened and we have accepted the truth of the work of the cross, we understand the power of God, through Holy Spirit–to lighten our burdens and we can be happy in the knowledge of God’s love–all day, every day!
It was at the cross–where all things became available to all who believe and accept the proclamation that Jesus is “The King…” and not just of the Jews as originally proclaimed but of all who believe!
Have you been to the cross? Make your way–by faith–understand the redemptive work completed on the cross, believe that He is our Risen Savior and receive all He has in store for you! Hallelujah!