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Why Cherish the Old Rugged Cross?

  4/17/2014, devotion for week #16 
  Reference: Galatians 2:20; Hebrews 12:2

There are things in life that we cherish. Often it’s because the sentimental value, monetary worth or its expensive material composition makes it priceless. The cross however, is considered "an emblem of suffering and shame." So why cherish it?  

There are things in life that we cherish. Often it’s because the sentimental value, monetary worth or its expensive composition makes it priceless. Or it inspires memories that we treasure. It’s refreshing when we can cherish those good things and memories that leave us feeling good.

So then why "Cherish the Old Rugged Cross" as affirmed in the words of the gospel hymn? In general, Christians appreciate the cross because as the hymn proclaims it is the emblem of "suffering and shame." Jesus "endured the cross despising that shame" (Hebrews 12:2) when in fact, that should have been our punishment.

The Crucifixion was an extremely graphic and dramatic form of public punishment and humiliation. His head crowned with thorns. Nails were driven through Jesus’ flesh from point to head. The nails penetrated his hands and feet tightly securing him to the cross’ wood-splintered surface. His arms were extended the length of the cross until he hung so that the bones of his shoulders, arms, hands and pelvis were out of joint. No other part of his body was supported. Jesus already was intensely exhausted from being brutally beaten throughout the night even before he journeyed to Calvary.

Sometimes we get so caught up celebrating Jesus’ dying until we fail to consider the details of his punishment that justifiably should have been ours. We unknowingly err on the side of missing the message of the cross because we’ve settled for just knowing that Jesus died for our sins.

Read Galatians 2:20. See why the message of the cross is timeless and yet worth revisiting often so that you'll be strong in your faith.  

 

 

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