The title above might seem strange at first glance, but the Bible does explain that the cross has multiple meanings. God hates sin and the cross was the sacrifice the Son of God had to make to satisfy God’s hatred for sin. God loves mankind, and for this reason, He gave His only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place for our offenses.
The Bible says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” or cross (Deuteronomy 21:23; Galatians 3:13). God hates sin so much that he sent His Only Begotten Son to bear our sins on a rugged cross, thus becoming sin for us. “For He made Him who knew no sin (Jesus) to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). You see, sin separates man from God (Isaiah 59:21). When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, it changed their lives forever. Instead of walking and talking freely in fellowship with God, there was a barrier that now existed between them—a barrier known as sin which God hates. The Bible says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Jesus, who lived a sinless life, had to die and become the perfect, once for all sacrifice to satisfy God’s hatred for sin. On the cross, Jesus was in so much agony that He cried out those horrifying words: “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). For six, long, grueling hours of the most cruel suffering, God laid the sins of mankind on the body of Jesus Christ. “He shall see the labor of His soul and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many…” (Isaiah 53:11).
God’s love for you and me compelled Him to send Jesus to die for us. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Would YOU give your only son for the life of someone else? God gave His Only Begotten Son for you and me. We deserved to die, but He gave Jesus in our place. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
God hates sin and we are all sinners (Romans 3:23). God loves mankind. God demonstrated the ultimate love for you and me when He gave His Only Begotten Son to die a cruel death on that old, rugged cross (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). God offers you forgiveness of sin through Jesus. Jesus is our only hope for going to Heaven and our only way of avoiding paying the debt of our sins in a devil’s Hell (John 14:6). I encourage you to learn more about Jesus. One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11). Friend, in that last day it will be too late (Hebrews 9:27). The Gardendale church of Christ invites you to visit us and learn more about Jesus. What will YOU do with Jesus?
— Michael R. Baggett