The Cross of Jesus Christ is the pivot on which the whole of history turns.
Everything before the Cross points forward to the Cross; everything after this event 2000 years ago points back to the Cross.
We can only know this from the study of God’s Holy Word – the Bible, and from the revelation that He has given to mankind as the Holy Spirit reveals truth from that Word.
From Genesis to Revelation – from beginning to end, all things point to or from the Cross. The first mention of the crucifixion of Jesus on the Cross is found in Genesis Chapter 3
Adam and Eve, after living a perfect life in the Garden of Eden, for some time, listened to God’s enemy – Satan, who had disguised himself as a serpent. He tempted them to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He told them that if they ate they would become like God.
Of course, we know that they fell for this lie – they disobeyed God in the one thing He had told them not to do. Genesis 2:16,17. In other words, they sinned, and with sin came separation from God.
As with all mankind since that day, Adam and Eve made excuses for their sin.
God’s words spoken to Satan at that time point forward to an event that would enable mankind to be reconciled to God – the Crucifixion!
Genesis 3:15 records those words – “And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your seed and her Seed: He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel.”
The woman’s holy Seed (Jesus Christ, the coming Messiah) would bruise the head of Satan. Satan would bruise the heel of Jesus.
From that point, God’s plan for man’s reconciliation with God was set in motion,( though it had been in God’s heart before the creation of the earth) as He knew mankind now needed a Saviour.
A godly man – Abraham – was called by God to leave all and go to a land God had chosen. A family began through Abraham’s son, Isaac, and then through Isaac’s twelve sons. Through that family, God established a Nation – Israel – and a people – the Jews.
All through the Old Testament, the scriptures point to the coming of a Messiah who would ultimately govern the earth as a righteous King – Isaiah 9:6,7. However, first, the Messiah must suffer and die for the sins of the world. Psalm 22, Isaiah 53, and many other passages describe the Messiah as a suffering servant who would be wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities. Isaiah 53:5.
When we come to the New Testament we find in the four Gospels a clear account of the coming of Jesus, the promised Messiah – His birth, His ministry, His death, and His resurrection.
When He was on the Cross, Jesus uttered these words – John 19:30 – “It is finished!”.
He had done what He came to earth to do – to pay the penalty for sin. All the punishment for our sin was placed on Him at – the pure, holy Son of God. His precious blood was poured out to cover our sin and when by faith we receive His sacrifice for us, then we are reconciled to God.
In the words of the old hymn – “It’s done! The great transaction is done!”
2 Corinthians 5:21 describes this great transaction – “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” What an exchange – Our sin for His righteousness!
The Cross of Jesus Christ that stood on the hill at Calvary 2000 years ago is the pivot of all history. It is not the cross itself but the act of all-forgiving love and sacrifice that took place there, when the Son of God, willingly took upon Himself the sins of the whole world so that we might be reconciled to our Father, God.
We have a choice to make – To choose to make Jesus our Saviour and Lord through our confession and repentance. Choose to live for Him today!
These beautiful words describe the love that flows from the heart of God towards us.
On the mount of crucifixion
Fountains opened deep and side
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy
Flowed a vast and gracious tide
Grace and love, like mighty rivers
Poured incessant from above
And heavens peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world with love.