During our visits to family, we routinely drive through
the small town of Edgar
which boasts a sign proclaiming it to be the
population center of the United States.
We do not know how some statisticians
arrived at such a calculation. It is intriguing, nevertheless, to know
this little burg has some notoriety as a center of one of
history’s major world
Outside of Jerusalem of Judea is the likely place that
Jesus of Nazareth died by the Romans’ practice of
crucifixion. In political and
geographical terms, the area is insignificant. In numerical terms, His
was just one of thousands employed during Roman reign. However, in
terms, His cross is the center of the universe; and that is so without
His cross was the center of God’s plan to reconcile man
to Himself. Redemption of mankind comes through Christ’s
blood there shed (John
19:25-27; 1 Peter 1:18-19),
“He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the
world, but was
manifest in these last times…” (1 Peter 1:20).
His cross is the center of the Christian attitude. The
only boasting in this life of any validity is in the cross of Christ
6:14). By it, one is crucified to the world, and the world to Him.
who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions
(Galatians 5:24). They have put away the things that make for
sinfulness—indeed, the things that sent Christ to the cross.
Christ’s cross is the center of Christian living. Paul
said it eloquently:
have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live,
but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I
faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for
To unbelievers, Christ’s cross is the reason for
rejecting the offer of eternal life. “For the message of the
foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved
it is the
power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18). Jews regarded
Christ’s cross as an
aberration in their progression toward an earthly Messiah.
He was, to them, a stumbling block in their plans (1 Corinthians 1:22).
who sought wisdom and power regarded the story of a crucified criminal
common one, and regarded the continued preaching of Him weak
Corinthians 1:23-25). Still today, those who reject Christianity must
arguing against the spiritual good of Christ’s cross and the
of His ensuing resurrection. Neither can they do successfully.
The cross of Christ is the center of all things. Those
who admit and cling to its efficacy can benefit from its reconciling
Corinthians 5:14-19). Those who reject this glorious Gospel have no
but a dreadful expectation (2 Thessalonians 1:6-9). Is
the cross of Christ the center of your life?