Sinners don’t understand the cross because if they did, they would run to it. Many saints don’t appreciate it because if they did, they would live differently in light of it. They often fail to fully apply and appreciate its practical relevancy.
Tony Evans is a great communicator and passionate about sharing the Good news of the Gospel. How does understanding the implications of the cross make a difference in our walk and coming to know Christ? These and more are answered in this study of the cross.
The book is set up in 3 parts. The Person of the Cross, The Purpose of the Cross and the Power of the Cross. Each part is a progression of understanding the implication of the cross and keeps our eye on the Christ and not on our selves. Tony Evans takes a story and shows us Christ. One such story of a football team failing and the coach reminding his team about what matters. This is a football. Tony Evans takes the cross as the fundamental of the Christian faith. He reminds us that there is so much to miss when we do not consider the cross.
Some of my favorite quotes are the following:
Unity is oneness of purpose. The purpose of the unity achieved at the cross was so that the world may know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
God didn’t give the Ten Commandments so that you can keep them. He gave the Ten Commandments to reveal to each of us how often we break them.
When Communion is treated with the reverence, intensity, and intimacy that the significance of its covenant entails, the practice of it will uniquely connect us to accomplishments’ of Christ’s covenantal death and resurrection.
What then is legalism? Legalism is that system of rules and regulations that govern and define your identity and spiritual living entirely on your performance. It makes keeping the rules the basis of your spiritual victory. It says, “You are what you do”.
For whenever the awareness of our sinfulness is diminished, the cross gets lost. Its brilliance gets lost and therefore, its effectiveness and power get lost. It also loses its power in our daily lives. Through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we are made pure.
Not wearing the cross as jewelry but embracing the cross where we have been redeemed by Christ is where transformation takes place. Where we are faced of the tremendous cost and love that God has for us. Where love and mercy meet.
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