GodReflection: God Breaks In Monday
I find it hard to wrap my mind around enough of the event to do justice to its significance.
All history moved toward the cross and from the cross. The cross is God’s salvation event. When cross is teamed with resurrection, Jesus is transformed into the personification of hope and eternal life—life birthed by the cross.
The cross stands at the apex of history. Not only does it authenticate God’s project of creation restoration, it also provides the means through Jesus to transform mankind and his earth-home to its flawless original purpose.
So God breaks in at the cross:
From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice . . . “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” . . . And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice . . . “It is finished” . . . he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split, and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.
When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
At the cross I see just how wicked mankind can be. I see death, the flow of blood, deep sorrow, injustice, pain, thirst, and dead dreams.
Then, a glimpse of light penetrates its blackness. From the dark of the cross flows the seed of life, healing, joy, love, trust, and an untarnished filial relationship with Holy God—all paid for by the one and only Son.
If I can only get my arms around the cross event I can begin to understand that God broke in at the cross to give me a symbol—it is more like a reality—for me to use to do life.
The power to be Jesus reflection on planet earth flows from the cross. I only wish I was more adept at allowing holy voltage to tap into my life.
The price of the cross stands ever present to convict me each time I fall and disappoint God. The blood of the cross stands ever present to forgive and cover over my human sin through Jesus who hung there.
It is beyond me to figure out every intricacy of the cross event with its implications.
Perhaps, I should be content to accept by faith the power of the cross—knowing that it reaches from creation to eternity—while resigning myself to trust God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit with the details of its all sufficiency.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on God Breaks In at the Cross.