The Cross – it defines Christianity, it symbolizes all that we believe in. Why? Because on it Jesus died so that we wouldn’t have to, and then after that death, He rose to life again. We serve a living God who suffered a painful death on a cross for us. Ever since that defining moment two thousand years ago, Christians across the world and through the ages have meditated upon, written about, and thanked God for the wonder of the cross.
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The Christian community is a community of the cross, for it has been brought into being by the cross, and the focus of its worship is the Lamb once slain, now glorified. So the community of the cross is a community of celebration, a eucharistic community, ceaselessly offering to God through Christ the sacrifice of our praise and thanksgiving. The Christian life is an unending festival. And the festival we keep, now that our Passover Lamb has been sacrificed for us, is a joyful celebration of his sacrifice, together with a spiritual feasting upon it.
- John Stott
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
- Matthew 16:24
Love was compressed for all history in that lonely figure on the cross, who said that he could call down angels at any moment on a rescue mission, but chose not to - because of us. At Calvary, God accepted his own unbreakable terms of justice.
- Phillips Brooks
As Christ struggled up Calvary's hill and bled upon it, His aim was to eradicate self-love and implant the love of God in the hearts of men. One can only increase as the other decreases.
- Walter J. Chantry
Christ and His cross are not separable in this life; howbeit Christ and His cross part at heaven's door, for there is no house-room for crosses in heaven. One tear, one sigh, one sad heart, one fear, one loss, one thought of trouble cannot find lodging there.
- Samuel Rutherford
The cross is the center of the world's history; the incarnation of Christ and the crucifixion of our Lord are the pivot round which all the events of the ages revolve. The testimony of Christ was the spirit of prophecy, and the growing power of Jesus is the spirit of history.
- Alexander MacLaren
But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
- Galatians 6:14
It was Christ who willingly went to the cross, and it was our sins that took him there.
- Franklin Graham
In Jesus Christ on the Cross there is refuge; there is safety; there is shelter; and all the power of sin upon our track cannot reach us when we have taken shelter under the Cross that atones for our sins.
- A. C. Dixon
If we want proof of God's love for us, then we must look first at the Cross where God offered up His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. Calvary is the one objective, absolute, irrefutable proof of God's love for us.
- Jerry Bridges
His brokenhearted cry on the cross, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do," shows God's heart toward sinners.
- John R. Rice
Taking up my "cross" means a life voluntarily surrendered to God.
- A. W. Pink
Only in the Cross of Christ will we receive power when we are powerless. We will find strength when we are weak. We will experience hope when our situation is hopeless. Only in the Cross is there peace for our troubled hearts.
- Michael Youssef
Come, and see the victories of the cross. Christ's wounds are thy healings, His agonies thy repose, His conflicts thy conquests, His groans thy songs, His pains thine ease, His shame thy glory, His death thy life, His sufferings thy salvation.
- Matthew Henry
Salvation comes through a cross and a crucified Christ.
- Andrew Murray
Is it not wonderful news to believe that salvation lies outside ourselves?
- Martin Luther
Long-lasting victory can never be separated from a long-lasting stand on the foundation of the cross.
- Watchman Nee
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
- Hebrews 12:2
God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, "I love you."
- Billy Graham
I hope this collection of quotes gives you a deeper insight into the meaning of the cross and why God sent Jesus there. Praise God for salvation and the cross!