From about the 6th century BC until the 4th century AD, the cross was an instrument of execution that resulted in death by the most torturous and painful of ways. In crucifixion a person was either tied or nailed to a wooden cross and left to hang until dead. Death would be slow and excruciatingly painful; in fact, the word excruciating literally means “out of crucifying.” However, because of Christ and His death on the cross, the meaning of the cross today is not only different—it is victorious! For the Christian, the cross is the intersection of God’s perfect love and His perfect justice, satisfying God’s wrath for sinners and opening the door into eternal life.
“For the Word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18, ESV)
As you think back to this past week, have you found that “being ready to do good deeds” has given you new opportunities for good deeds and areas to serve?
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