' I COULD ASK MY FATHER FOR THOUSANDS OF ANGELS...AND HE WOULD SEND THEM.' MATTHEW 26:53 TLB
The cross is the universal symbol of the Christianity. It's almost impossible to go anywhere without seeing it on a steeple or headstone. So how did an instrument of torture come to represent forgiveness and hope for so many? After all, we don't wear little gold guillotines round our necks and display replicas of firing squads on our church walls. The answer can be found in the cross Itself. Its horizontal beam symbolizes the breadth of God's love; it includes us all. Its vertical beam symbolizes the height and depth of His love; it reaches from the highest to the lowest of us. It's why God can be just and merciful without lowering His standards, and why He can redeem us without sanctioning our sin. 'God so love the world, that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but has everlasting life' (John 3:16). Thankful it doesn't say God loved only the wealthy or the famous or the beautiful or the sober, or we'd all be the trouble! No, if you live in the 'world' you're included!
Jesus didn't have to die, He chose to! He told His captors, 'I could ask my father for thousands of angels...and we would send them instantly...But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what is happening now?' Max Lucado writes, 'The force behind the hammer wasn't an angry mob...the hand squeezing the hammer wasn't a Roman infantryman. the verdict. wasn’t decided by jealous Jews. Jesus himself chooses the nails...Had the soldier hesitated Jesus himself would have swung the mallet.' That's how much he loves you.
Evangelist Philip Jegede’s Reading Courtesy of DWFT: Heb 11:17-13:25, Mark 13:23-37, Ps 45, Pr 12:7-9 www.mpbs247.org