The Sheer Power of the Cross

Men love strength and power! There are few things better than feeling and experiencing brute force and raw power. A 700HP pickup truck, a 12-gauge shotgun, a buffalo wing sauce that’s packing heat, a lion on the hunt or a felling axe with a C45 steelhead. Powerful!
If I made a list of the most powerful events in history, the single event at the top of the list would be Jesus’ death and resurrection. More powerful than the H bomb on August 6th, 1945, or the Berlin Wall’s fall on November 9, 1989. More significant than any invention, human development or military conquest. What happened to Jesus on Easter weekend is the most powerful and significant event in human history.

The God of the universe sent His only Son to Earth on a mission to save humanity from their sin. On the cross, all the weight of sin and death was placed. On the cross, Christ absorbed the wrath of God as He bled and died. An unimaginable force and burden to bear that type of punishment. No one but Jesus, the Son of God could handle such a weight.

Then three days later, an even greater display of power was put on display as the Son of God demonstrated triumph over death. Death and sin were buried in that cold tomb and victory was extended to all who place their trust in Jesus. Victory and triumph!

Men, live in this strength and victory. Don’t just make it an accessory of your life but live in the power of the cross! Learn from Jesus and welcome more of this power.

Four things to remember as you step into Good Friday and Easter Sunday. First, Christ’s love is powerful. Jesus willingly went to the cross because of His love for us. He demonstrated the ultimate act of selflessness and sacrifice by taking our sins upon Himself. Second, sin is serious. The cross reminds us of the seriousness of sin and its destructive consequences. But it also shows us that we can be forgiven and redeemed through faith in Jesus Christ. Third, the resurrection brings victory! The resurrection of Jesus proves that death is not the end. It gives us hope that we too can have eternal life with God. It also shows us that God has power over all things, even death itself. Fourth, Jesus calls us to believe. Jesus’ death and resurrection are a call to follow Him. As men, we are called to follow His example and share our hope with others!

He has risen! He is alive; living, active, and moving. Let that power and truth motivate you to be the man that God is calling you to be!

Grant Giesler, RTM