You Won’t Find Him On The Cross

When I was a young teen, I wanted a necklace of Christ on the cross.  My parents wouldn’t allow it, and after many times of asking and much debate over the subject, I asked plainly one day why not.  My mothers answer surprised me and got me to thinking.

“We don’t wear Christ on the cross because He isn’t on the cross!  He rose on the 3rd day because He is ALIVE and defeated death!”

Such a simple answer when you think about it really.  But to my young teenage heart, it blew my mind.  I had never thought about it that way and I realized after pondering this for a while that my mother was right.

When most people look at the cross, it represents death.  But not just any death, it’s a painful death, a death full of ridicule, shame, torture, and submission.  An innocent death that didn’t have to be done so willingly.

The cross to me is a representation of all my sins, all my wrongdoings, and my unworthiness.  It represents my shame, my guilt, my sufferings.  Yet it also represents to me the unconditional love, Agape love that Christ has for me, and all of you!  It represents redemption and new life.

You see, when they removed His body from the cross and lovingly wrapped him in linens before placing His body in the tomb, they had no idea that He would rise again.  They mourned His loss but didn’t yet know they would be rejoicing in His resurrection.

His resurrection is the ultimate defeat of death.  His resurrection showed us that in Him we have everlasting life, just as He promised.

So, you’re not going to find Him on the cross, you’ll find Him in the Heavens, in the Bible, and in His Word.  You’ll find him all around you.

While I understand that many look at Christ on the cross and see that that is where He saved us, I say not entirely.  The cross was only one of four parts of the entire plan of salvation.  Without each of these parts, it’s all for nothing.  The final salvation of our souls occurred when He rose from the dead to establish his defeat over it.  In the resurrection is where we find the everlasting life He promises us.

If you are someone who looks upon the cross with the crucified Christ still on it, I challenge you this Easter season to instead look to the skies and realize He has indeed Risen!

As a bonus, I’m including the video of Casting Crowns – Glorious Day.  This is a powerful song, and I encourage you to listen to the lyrics.  As you listen, think about these words:


“Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day
One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now is ascended, my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again
Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day”

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