To open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me. Acts 26:18
Although crosses adorn our church steeples and their likeness is printed, woven, or worn in a variety of fashions, there often is only a vague knowledge of the true meaning of the Cross.
What really happened at the cross? What does it mean for someone today? Is it all that important?
At the cross of Christ the three mortal enemies of humankind—sin, death, and the devil—were confronted and defeated by the Son of God. Jesus died for your sins, the actions that are contrary to God’s character and that separate you from God’s holy presence. Jesus took your sins on Himself at the cross. He bore God’s judgment of death on your behalf, as your substitute. God’s uncompromising wrath against sin was satisfied.
At the cross Satan and his powers were crushed. They still exist, but their fate is sealed; and the Christian has Christ’s authority over the devil. You have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light, from the dominion of sin to the dominion of God.
The next time you look at a cross, wear it around your neck, or see its imprint, remember that sin was judged, death slain, and the devil conquered at Calvary.
Father, thank You for the Cross, which transferred me from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. Thank You that at the cross, sin was judged, death slain, and the devil defeated.