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APRIL: The Cross of Christ

April 19

THE CROSS IS A MIGHTY DECLARATION

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.
Romans 3:25

The cross is a mighty declaration. And what it says is this: The Son is a propitiation. In other words, God on the cross was punishing sin. He said that he would, and He has done it.

God has always said that sin is to be punished, that His holy wrath is upon it, and that He cannot deal with sin in any other terms. And He has done exactly what He promised. On the cross He is doing it publicly. There He is, once and for all, at the central point of history, pouring out His wrath upon the sins of man in the body of His own Son. He is striking Him; He is smiting Him; He is condemning Him to death. Christ dies, and His blood speaks. It is Godís punishment of sin and evil. It is a mighty declaration that God has done what He has always said He would doónamely, that He would punish sin, and the wages of sin is death. And there you see it happening upon the cross. It is an announcement, a proclamation, that this is Godís way of dealing with the problem of sin.

I hasten to say this. It is obviously the only way to deal with sin, and the cross says that.

There was no other good enough
To pay the price of sin;
He only could unlock the gate
Of heaven and let us in.

Mrs. C. F. Alexander

It is not surprising that the gospel of the cross and the blood of Christ has produced some of the greatest poetry the world has ever known.

A Thought to Ponder
The cross is an announcement, a proclamation, that this is Godís way of dealing with the problem of sin.

From The Cross, pp. 163-164.




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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