The Importance of the Cross

I Corinthians 2:1-2

Perhaps the most familiar of all Christian symbols is the cross. We see them on buildings, books, brochures, and Bibles. We find them atop steeples, against walls, and around necks. They are everywhere. But what do they mean? More importantly, what do they mean to you? We know that historically the cross meant death and suffering as a cruel means of execution. But is that why we celebrate it today? Is that why we embrace it this morning? No not at all! The cross means much more than that. To the one who believes the message of God as given in His Word, the cross has identity. It becomes the cross of Christ. It means life rather than death; it means love rather than hatred; and it means joy rather than sorrow. Through the Cross of Christ, God reconciled sinful man unto Himself. An amazing accomplishment, and one that only He could do! The cross is of great importance to us because it provides simplicity in a complex world, it provides direction in a busy world, and it provides motivation in an apathetic world.

(1 Cor 2:1-2) And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. {2} For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

I. The Cross is Simplicity In a Complex World.

II. The Cross Provides Direction in a Busy World.

III. The Cross Provides Motivation In An Apathetic World.

Jesus keep me near the cross; There a precious fountain. Free to all a healing stream, Flows from Calvary's mountain. In the cross, in the cross. Be my glory ever, Till my raptured soul shall find Rest beyond the river.

If you have never come to the cross for salvation, may I invite you to come now. God so loved you that He sent His Son, Jesus to die on the cross to pay for your sin. Will you accept His loving gift today? Christian is it time to come back to the Cross? It is the simplicity of His cross that provides direction and motivation for our lives. Come now, commit yourself to Him this morning.