You may wonder why Christians make so much of the execution of Jesus on a Roman cross. After all, didn't his death mean the failure of Jesus' mission and his utter rejection and humiliation?
Firstly, the death of Jesus demonstrates the love of God for us. John chapter 3 verse 16 begins For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son....
Jesus went willingly to the cross - in fact it was the reason he came to earth. He said "For even the Son of Man [referring to himself] did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Mark chapter 10 verse 45)
Secondly, it is only through Jesus' death on the cross that we can be saved from God's just judgement on our rebellion against His rightful rule in our lives. It is only through the cross that we can be declared "not guilty" and adopted into His family.
John chapter 3 verse 16 continues .... that whoever believes in him [Jesus] shall not perish but have eternal life [with God].
God is the perfect, loving creator and sustainer of all things. As our loving creator He deserves our love, obedience and worship. Despite this, we all instinctively want to be boss of our own lives and don't want God 'interfering’. The Bible calls this rejection of God ‘sin’. God is holy and just and must judge our rebellion. This condemns us to death and eternal punishment. This is bad news.
The good news is that God stepped into history 2000 years ago to save us. In love, Jesus Christ, who is fully God, came to us as a man. He lived a sinless life by keeping God’s law perfectly and died on a cross, taking the punishment we all deserved. He rose from the dead on the third day, defeating death itself and proving he was who he said he was – God on earth!
So the cross - the death of Christ - is at the heart of the ‘good news’. That is why the cross is central to the Christian faith and that is why there is a cross on the roof of The King's Centre.
Want to Know More?
If you want to know more about the Christian faith please contact either Ben Clark or Annie Leggett. We run Christianity Explored courses throughout the year and we are happy to meet one-to-one if you prefer. We also run a number of day time Bible study groups for ladies during the week. Of course, you are also very welcome to join us on Sundays – we meet at 10:30am and 6:30pm.