Posted by: everynation | August 20, 2008

The Cross Changes Everything

by Rice Broocks

As we prepared for this conference here in West Africa, the Lord impressed upon my heart that the message to the Church here in Nigeria was specifically the one given to the Church at Corinth in Scripture. That could be summarized in 1 Cor 2:2, “ I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” The reason Paul would focus solely on the cross when he came to the very pagan and immoral city of Corinth? The cross changed everything.

It changed how we as mankind relate to God. The cross ended forever, the religion of works and made a way for all of us to approach God through the merits of His sacrifice. It also changed how we relate to one another. Ephesians says the He broke down the wall between ethnicities and was able to bring us together in unity through the cross. So in essence, racism is dealt a death blow through the cross of Christ.

Galatians 6:14 records Paul’s boast in the cross, through which, “the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.” Because of the cross, his whole life had been turned upside down. “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

We are called to the live an exciting life of faith in Christ, but we can’t bypass the cross and simply expect all the blessings to fall on us. Everything starts with the cross of Jesus and what He did for us, because the cross changes everything.

Rice Broocks is the author of A Minute with Rice and the senior pastor of Bethel World Outreach Center in Brentwood, Tennessee.

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