What do you see when you look at the Cross? Do you see ugliness, or something that deprives you of your rights? Maybe you see an instrument of death. Or, do you see freedom and life? The Cross is a place where we see that God loved the world. He died for the sins of the entire world, knowing many would still reject Him. The Cross is what makes us clean: it is literally our life.
God brought peace by it, “Having made peace through the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:20a). He abolished the Old Testament ordinances so that we could live under the law of life. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2). It blotted out all our sins (2).
The Cross is a place where we receive something. It is a place where God wrapped up His gift to us – eternal life. “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23b). When we look at the Cross, let us see life, for “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 10:39). The promise of life is in Christ Jesus (3).