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APRIL: The Cross of Christ

April 18

THE CROSS IS PROCLAMATION

...to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins....
Romans 3:25

The cross, thank God, is not only exposition. The cross is also proclamation, a mighty declaration. I like the word that the apostle uses there in Romans 3, and especially the way in which he repeats it. He likes it himself obviously. "Whom God hath set forth," he says "to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins...to declare, I say..." (Romans 3:25-26). Have you got it, have you heard it, were you listening? says the apostle. Wake up, you sleepy listeners. ď...to declare, I say....Ē Have you heard the declaration? Have you heard the mighty proclamation? What does this blood declare to me?

Let me sum it up in another word that this same apostle used in 2 Corinthians 5:19,21. This is the declaration: ďGod was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them....For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.Ē What does all this mean? Let me put it in modern terms. The cross tells me that this is the declaration. This, it says, is Godís way of dealing with the problem of manís sin. It has already said that there is a problem. It is a terrible one; it is the greatest problem of all time and of the whole cosmos. There is nothing greater than this. There is the exposition of the problem. Then comes the mighty declaration. This, it says, is Godís answer.

Now our Lord had been saying that in His teaching, but they could not understand it. They were blinded, even His own disciples. They were thinking as Jews, in terms of a kingdom on earth. Man will always materialize the great and glorious blessings of Godís kingdom.

A Thought to Ponder
The cross, thank God, is not only exposition. The cross is also proclamation, a mighty declaration.

From The Cross, p. 161.




Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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