Does anyone remember the t-shirt from the ’90s that said God’s Gym? The picture was a strongman version of Jesus and he was carrying a giant, heavy, burdensome cross. Back in the ’90s, it was really cool, but of course, it was not historically accurate. In our society, we associate power with wealth, possessions, or health, but the cross didn’t represent those things when Jesus was crucified. The cross for most of its history represented a shameful death for people who were disgraced, non-Roman citizens, disgraced Romans, slaves, and others. That is why for some people the cross seems foolish (1 Cor. 1:18).

Of course, we know because of Jesus, the symbol of the cross is actually the power of God to save (1 Cor. 1:19). We see the cross from the correct perspective of what Jesus did to provide forgiveness, to redeem, and to pour out God’s love. Our debt of sin was nailed to the cross which allows for forgiveness and life (Colossians 2:13-14). That is why the t-shirt was cool or we see cross jewelry and tattoos. They represent what Jesus accomplished and what it means to those whom he loves.

For some the cross will be polarizing, some might misunderstand and some will cherish its meaning. When we think of what Jesus did upon the cross we can appreciate the power it has and we can rejoice in our Savior. We are also able to then share that with others. My prayer for all of us is that by the power of God to save, we boldly share what he has done for us in our communities. People might think it is foolish, but I believe God is preparing people to see his power and he is going to use us to share it with the people he puts in our lives. If you need help seeing the power of God, we are here to help.

Jeremy Johnson
Family Pastor

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