the power of the cross

When we pray, when we think, when we live—do we do so with the thought in mind, the truth of the power of the cross of Jesus Christ? I know when I think of the power of the cross, I think maybe of some clips from movies in which a priest holds a cross or crucifix up into the face of darkness and evil. It is as if the crucifix or cross has power of its own, although the power it would have is derived from the actual cross and death of Christ some 2,000 years ago.

We face evil and we struggle with sin. There is one place we should look: to the cross itself, an empty cross left by a risen, ascended, reigning Lord, but nevertheless effective because of what happened on that cross.

…Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

“…Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.

I sometimes quote scriptural passages, but not like this. And I rarely reference what thoughts I share, even though I hope they are faithful to scripture, its story and teaching. But the grounding we need to know the power of the cross certainly needs to be from the witness of scripture itself. We see from these passages that Jesus by his death destroyed death, that by that death he destroyed the one who holds its power—the devil, and also judges the world and drives out its prince—again, the devil—while drawing all people to himself.

It seems to me that little do I understand or know the power of the cross. Although through faith in Christ I certainly know something of that. Through that cross we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, as well as cleansing by his blood. And through that cross in the power of Christ’s resurrection, we are to live a new life.

So when the devil or his cohorts send another evil attack, or we’re beset with another struggle over one thing or another, we need to turn anew and afresh to God by looking to Jesus and his death for us on the cross. There is more to be said from scripture on this, but this is not a bad place to start.

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