The Cross enforces three truths:
- about ourselves,
- about God, and
- about Jesus Christ.
1. Our Sin must be extremely horrible.
Nothing reveals the gravity of sin like the Cross. For ultimately what sent Christ there was neither the greed of Judas, nor the envy of the priests, nor the vacillating cowardice of Pilate, but our own greed, envy, and cowardice and other sins, and Christ’s resolve in love and mercy to bear their judgment and so put them away.
2. God’s love must be wonderful beyond comprehension.
God could quite justly have abandoned us to our fate. He could have left us alone to reap the fruit of our wrongdoing… It is what we deserved. But he did not. Because he loved us, he came after us in Christ.
3. Christ’s salvation must be a free gift.
He ‘purchased’ it for us at the high price of his own life-blood. So what is there left for us to pay? Nothing!
– John Stott, The Cross of Christ