Centrality of the crossBy Larry Toner Bledsoe, Ky.
It is troubling to see a growing bias that attempts to remove the cross as the centerpiece of the redemptive story (“The First Letter of God’s Name,” Blog,). Redemption always carried a price, and the cost of our salvation was expensive. The apostle Peter reminded us that “[we] were not redeemed with corruptible things … but with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18-19). We can’t just sweep it under the carpet because we find it distasteful or violent. It was a horrible act of human cruelty, but God in his sovereignty chose that time and that place (Gal. 4:4) to carry out his eternal plan (Rev. 13:8). The Roman government was only a tool in the hands of an all-powerful God.
It’s interesting that God never attempted to conceal or lessen the visibility of the cross. He put it in plain sight (Rom. 3:25). Without a clear view of the cross we would have no hope.
Do we honestly think that we can challenge God because we don’t like the method he chose to redeem mankind? Sometimes we act like we’re upset because he didn’t consult us first. We must remember he is God. We don’t get a vote.
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