There are many pictures in the Bible that demonstrate God's promises to his people. The rainbow with Noah, the empty tomb on Easter Sunday, and the tongues of fire on the apostles during Pentecost are just three of the myriad of examples one can find and study when we read the Bible. One of the most obvious and well-known symbols is the cross. This is not only a symbol, for us it is an actual event that happened when Jesus died on it to save us from our sins. We hold this symbol with the highest regard, create songs about it, and reflect on it as we study other parts of God's Word.
I am always amazed by the connection the cross carries throughout the whole Bible from the beginning to its end. In Genesis 3:15, we read, "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." This is a foreshadowing of Jesus' death on the cross which totally defeated Satan and sin. In Revelation, we read about the impact of the cross as well. In chapters 5, verses 11 and 12, we see a picture of the angels praising Jesus for what he has done, "This I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice, they were saying: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" Isn't it amazing to consider that the Bible begins and ends with mentions of the cross and of Jesus' death on it! There are countless other examples in Scripture that foreshadow the impact of the cross while not even mentioning the exact word or the event of Jesus' death.
I know we focus on the cross during the Lenten season and the Easter holiday. However, when Easter is over and we have celebrated the victory over the grave, that doesn't mean it's time to set aside the cross. The cross is a vital part of our faith, yes, but it is also a vital part of God's Word in every aspect, chapter, and verse. The cross should be at the forefront of everything we do, every book of the Bible we read, and every character we come across in the text.
There are those who will say that the Bible is made up, that it is some fairytale, and it doesn't matter to us today. The cross alone says otherwise. Just the simple fact that you can see the cross in every part of the Bible is a testament against that theory. The cross and belief in Jesus' at on that cross not only is our salvation, it is a constant reminder of how God is continually working throughout the stories of the Bible and in our stories as well. So, as we celebrate Easter and the empty tomb, I challenge all of us to look fro the cross and to its saving power. Don't stop when the Easter celebration is over. Continue to search for the cross in the rest of God's Word, and allow it to be your shining testament to a watching and waiting world that Jesus saves and that He saved us.
The Wheeled Worshipper