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Christ is Enough…to Conquer the Cross

December 28, 2018

Over the past 14 blog posts through Galatians, we’ve said Christ is Enough…Period, to use Your Testimony, to Keep us from Running in Vain, to change what needs changing, to answer life’s questions, to adopt us into our forever family, no turning back, to make us become like Himself, to transform the inner man, to be our true hope, to keep us from running well, to equip us with His spirit, to restore the fallen, and to build Kingdom relationships.

As Paul completes the letter, he goes back to where he started on this journey, to Christ’s work at the cross. Paul was living a life out of focus until he came to the cross – he was religious but there was no relationship. He had works but not out of love. As we close the chapter on the current year and prepare to begin a new year, let us do it with the cross as our focus.

Galatians 6:11-1811 Look at what large letters I use as I write to you in my own handwriting. 12 Those who want to make a good impression in the flesh are the ones who would compel you to be circumcised—but only to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 For even the circumcised don’t keep the law themselves, and yet they want you to be circumcised in order to boast about your flesh. 14 But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world has been crucified to me through the cross, and I to the world. 15 For both circumcision and uncircumcision mean nothing; what matters instead is a new creation. 16 May peace come to all those who follow this standard, and mercy even to the Israel of God! 17 From now on, let no one cause me trouble, because I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. 18 Brothers and sisters, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

If you want life-change, focus on the cross. If you want to know the mind of Christ, focus on the cross. Jesus was nailed to the cross by people who did not really know Him, who failed to let the Word work in their lives. It is impossible to live a righteous life apart from the cross. The cross symbolized death, humiliation, punishment for the worst of crimes. His opposers intended for the cross to be the end – but instead, it was the beginning.

Because Christ conquered the cross…

  1. The Cross is why I give. What did Jesus give on the cross? He gave His entire life. On the cross, the Lord God gave His first and best – I give the first and best of my finances, my focus, my heart, my time, my study, my work and my family.
  2. The Cross is why I live. The Word says in Ephesians 2 that before I met the Lord, I was a dead man walking, but God..Without the cross, my life is focused on self-fulfillment, fleshly desires, my definition of happiness,  and it is aimless. The cross gives my life purpose and it gives me protection. Because of the Cross, the world has no hold on me, for I belong to Christ. I’ve been crucified with Christ.
  3. The Cross is why I forgive. My pride wants to hold on to those things and to those people who have hurt me, but Jesus forgave all. Because of the cross, I have been forgiven much, and now I must forgive much. Because of the cross, it makes no sense to hold on to my grudges and things that only weigh me down.
  4. The Cross is why I love. I love, because He first loved me. Those aren’t just words. He lived it, and He died because of it. Without the cross, I don’t really understand love, I don’t really have love, but with the cross, I have love

What does the cross do?

  1. The cross captivates– the very symbol draws the attention of the mind, the heart and the spirit. It symbolizes sacrifice, love, and completion. It represents the most selfless act in history, something very real, very personal.
  2. The cross convicts– Jesus Christ hung on the cross, not because of anything He had done. He hung there because I was born a sinner in need of redemption. I am convicted – my sin put Him there.
  3. The cross consumes– for those that oppose it, the cross brings forth great irritation and stirs up great emotion. For those that embrace it, it is our life-blood, our redemption. We are incomplete without the cross.
  4. The cross calibrates– The cross brings my life back to Christ. We are all equal at the foot of the cross. I cannot get full of myself or think that I’m better than anyone else when my gaze is on the cross.
  5. The cross calms– I need not fear for my life or my circumstances when I focus on the cross, for the cross is a permanent solution for my sinful condition. Whatever happens in this life, the cross cannot be taken from me.
  6. The cross cancels– He paid a debt He did not owe. I owed a debt I could not pay, I needed someone to wash my sins away. Jesus died to cancel my debt. He was crucified to cancel my punishment. 
  7. The cross crucifies– No longer does my sin debt have a hold on me. The world cannot have me any longer. The cross crucifies the devil’s grip on me. I am free, I am unrestrained, and I am redeemed.
  8. The cross certifies– As I deny myself, take up the cross and follow Christ, I am certified as a child of God. My birth certificate has been renewed and my heavenly citizenship has been established.
  9. The cross cleanses– Nothing else in this life has the power to cleanse past, present and future. No refills are needed, no more rags, no more elbow grease and no more stains left behind. The cross cleanses completely.
  10. The cross connects– The cross connects me to my Creator in the only way possible. No amount of works can erase my sin debt, for I can never do enough to get out of my own way. The cross is my bridge to eternity.

Without the cross, my life is unsettled, empty and selfish. With the cross, I have identity, purpose and a future. Without the cross, my focus is inward, my works are diminished in value and my spirit is unsettled. With the cross, I am changed, my vision is corrected, and I am made complete. With the cross, my past is covered, my present is peaceful, and my future is out of this world. Thank God for the cross!

Tony Watson
Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church
Palestine, TX

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