By Jesse Becker
Things change. The weather. The political scene. The stock market. Our health. Our families. Our attitudes and outlooks.
Near the very beginning, after God created a perfect world, sin entered in and everything changed. God’s relationship with man was interrupted, and the curse of sin prevailed throughout the universe.
But God set a plan in motion to reconcile sinful man back to Himself, and it all centered on the cross. For centuries those who believed God looked forward with hope to the sacrifice and salvation He would provide. And for 2,000 years since, those who believe God look back to that day when Jesus laid down His life and took our punishment — our separation from God.
The cross has stood through all time as the focal point of hope and salvation. No matter what the political atmosphere looked like, no matter what schemes were conceived to kill the message, no matter what noise tried to drown it out, the power of the cross remained. The hope it conveys, the mercy is offers, the grace it represents, the freedom it proclaims—it all remains because the cross remains. Nothing can change power of the cross. Nothing can alter what it promises. The cross of Christ shall stand!
Through the flame and through the flood,
Through every ounce of martyr’s blood,
Triumphant over sin’s dark plan,
The cross of Christ shall stand.
(song lyrics by Lee Black, Michael Farren and Tony Wood. © 2013 Wordspring Music, LLC)
1 Peter 1:23-24
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.