As a sign of God’s power, the Cross of Christ is the marking of the turning of the old age–a world lost, broken and hopeless in rebellion under the reign of sin and death–into the new age–a world found, being redeemed and offered hope, liberated into a different kind of power that leads to a different kind of life under the reign of grace.
In the Cross God speaks what is true for those who believe. The Cross becomes His voice as the living Word died upon it. In the Cross God offers this message of truth in both a promise and a summons. The promise is new life free from the reign of sin and death, and lived with God both now and forever. The summons is to live a life of cruciform power as expressed in self-giving love, and to do so with a child-like trust in God as a citizen of his never-failing, never-fickle, never-in-trouble kingdom of grace.
In the Cross God speaks what is true and this truth becomes our way to to life-giving resurrection.
No longer lost, we live in light.
No longer dead, we are alive.
No longer blind, we now can see.
No longer suffocating, we now can breathe.
No longer broken, we now are healed.
No longer numb, we now can feel.
No longer stained, we now are pure.
No longer weak, we can now endure.
No longer deceived, we know the truth.
No longer searching, His love is proof.
He is our way. He is our light.
He is always true. He is our life.
He never leaves. He is our peace.
He is our help and sweet relief.
He is our strength. He is sure.
He is more than enough.
He is the risen Lord.
Imagine a community where the message of the Cross is embraced and God’s reign is evident. Imagine a community that lives according to the promise and the summons of the Cross.
Love will lead the way guiding all relationships within humanity, neighbor to neighbor. Peace, shalom, will become the priority. Truth is not only received but grounds every life. God’s definition of justice–-making right in this world what has been made wrong by the reign of sin and death with all its hatred, fear, violence and power mongering–will become the catalyst by which orphans will be housed, the elderly valued, the widow supported, the hungry fed, the naked clothed, the unborn protected, and the stranger and foreigner received in gracious hospitality.
Imagine that community. It looks a lot like Jesus, doesn’t it?
May we live like this kind of life is possible because in the resurrection of Christ Jesus on Easter morn, God ushered in this kind of power. Now his Spirit is creating a community of cruciform power to join Him in His work of redeeming and restoring all of creation, and make his kingdom tangible to all.
Live like Friday happened.
And live like Sunday is coming.
Because it is.