Where would we be had it not been for Calvary? I believe this is a subject that we all can agree on, knowing that we would be lost with no hope of eternity or fellowship with God.
Calvary changed everything.
This April in countless pulpits this precious message will be heard across our nation. Thousands will sing and remember the Old, Rugged, Bloodstained Cross that our Savior died on for you and I. But when did Calvary become nothing more than just a song that we sing?
When did the cross become just a piece of jewelry that people wear around the necks? A symbol that instead of being at the forefront of our mind as it should be, has become a decoration for a holiday to only be seen seasonally.
We preach the Cross at Easter but only preach prosperity, feel-good, motivational sermons the rest of the year. So when did the Blood stop flowing in our minds?
Many people claim to preach the Gospel of the Bible but instead talk of a man made, G rated Gospel. The True Gospel is a Bloody Gospel. It is stained with suffering, pain, and unspeakable cruelty. Calvary was the opposite of the neat, smooth crosses and displays we see.
Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
Though we may often forget or put it aside, He never once has forgot the price He paid.
The old song goes like this: Does He still feels the Nails, every time I fail Can He hear the crowd cry Crucify again. Am I causing Him pain then I know I’ve got to change cause I just can’t bear the thought of hurting Him.
What a sobering thought this is to you and I! If this were to ever truly sink in, I believe we would go about our daily lives a little differently.
When a family is torn apart by sin, He sees the scars and remembers.
When division and gossip spread through our churches, He looks at His nail-scarred hands and He remembers.
When millions of babies are murdered by abortion every year, He looks back to the cross and He remembers.
When acts of terrorism and senseless violence become a regular occurrence in our schools and our world, He feels the wound on His pierced side and He remembers.
When those who have served Him all their lives now turn their back on Him, He takes a trip back to Calvary and He remembers.
This is the world He came to save. These are the people He suffered, bled, and died for. Knowing all these things would take place, this is why He came. These are those that He loves.
Though we may sometimes forget, He sees the Scars and He remembers.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him;
and with his stripes we are healed.