Today was a beautiful day because I had a wonderful time with few of my Muslim friends. Our discussion was on the good news of Christianity. As you all know the good news of the Bible is the Cross of Christ. Without the cross, each of the other pillars of our faith becomes meaningless or one more glorified self-help program making God to love us. Christian faith is not about works rather its about faith in the work of Christ on the Cross of Calvary. I had to remind them that my God doesn’t grade on a curve. His demands are perfection. Anything less would compromise who HE is.
This led my friends to ask me, how could anyone misconstrue a bloody, brutal death of an innocent man as “good news?” For some it seems like such a paradox. But the wonder of it all is that by the death of Christ on the Cross of Calvary, we gain life; through His stripes, we are healed; in His shame, we make boast of the glory we have. I had to break it down for my friends that through the work of Christ on the Cross of Calvary, we see strength out of weakness; we see glory out of shame; we see truth out of mockery and beauty out of death. The Apostle Paul spoke of this paradox in 1 Corinthians 1:23: “…but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block, and to Gentiles foolishness?” But the question for my friends was this: is the death of Christ on the Cross a foolishness?
Let’s look back to what that day, almost 2,000 plus years ago, what it must have been like. I see a man groaning under the weight of a Cross, slowly trudging up a hill. I see the crowds mocking Him, the authorities spitting on Him. I was saying to myself that should have been me struggling up that hill; my hands deserve the nails and my side the spear. That man Jesus died for me. He died in my place. But why? I directed my friends to John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
God loved me and you enough to have His only Son die for me and you, so that we wouldn’t have to pay the price of our sins. This may seem to be a paradox; it may seem like foolishness to the world but let me tell you it is good news. Thus I accepted Christ Jesus as my Lord and Savior. For my Muslim friends it was foolishness but for me it was life becoming a reality. Thank you Jesus for the price you paid through which I have life to live.
Below is a Hymn written by Elliot Pope read it and you will feel the power behind the work of Christ on the Cross:
Enjoy your life in Christ Jesus our Lord-GGK!