The cross is a minus turned into a plus. (Robert Schuller)
Many times I’ve said, “If I were as big and great and holy and powerful as God; I wouldn’t want to fellowship with someone as little and insignificant and bad and weak as me.” Why would God who is omnipotent love humanity, you and me in particular?
God has chosen the cross to symbolize the depth and intensity of His love. So just how much does God love people? The cross represents the value the Lord ascribes to humanity. Webster defines value as the amount considered to be a suitable equivalent for something. When mankind rebelled against God His pure system of justice required that He give an appropriate offering for redemption. What did our Divine Creator possess equal to worth He placed on you and me? His life! God’s life was the only thing that could suffice as a substitute for us. God offered Himself in the person of Jesus Christ and justice was served on a hill in Jerusalem known as Golgotha (the place of the skull).
The cross was too terrible to be optional, the suffering involved too enormous to be unnecessary, and the Sufferer too precious to His Father to have been given over needlessly to such pain (Peter Lewis). The cross is a fitting symbol for the love of God. But on the other side of mercy—there is justice. The cross speaks of God’s justice and righteousness. Justice will never be satisfied unless an appropriate sacrifice is offered in its behalf. Good works cannot satisfy God’s sense of justice. Why? We are blemished and tainted by wrongdoing. Even an angel can not suffice as our sacrifice. Why? Angels do not equal the value God attributes to mankind. God loves us more than anything else. The
Apostle Paul declared, “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
“The cross is God’s centerpiece on the table of time,” says Paul Guttke. Those who do not accept the Lord’s gift of grace in the allotted time of life will face judgment at God’s Great White Throne (Revelation 20:10-15). I don’t know why the Almighty loves you and me, but I am glad He does. The next time you are tempted to question your significance—look at the cross. “In the cross of Christ I see three things,” writes Billy Graham. “first, a description of the depth of humanities sin; second, the overwhelming love of God; third, the only way of salvation.”