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I CORINTHIANS 1:17 "For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God."

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Take a good look at the cross above. If you look at it one way it looks as if it faces to the right, but take another look and it seems to slant to the left.

There are many different views on the cross of Calvary. Some artists portray Christ still on the cross while others portray the cross with only a piece of cloth hanging on it. The Roman Soldiers saw the cross as a job, just another watch they must take. The two thieves hanging beside Jesus saw it as a punishment; instruments of their execution. The disciples saw it as the fearful prophesy that took away their King. Simon of Cyrene saw it as a burden to be carried. Mary, the mother of Jesus, saw it as the thief that stole her son. The atheist sees it as just a piece of wood; the tree used to crucify a mortal man or even just part of a fable believed to be true by many foolish people.

How do you view the Cross of Calvary? Have you seen the artist's pictures so often you are unmoved by the sight of the cross? Have you heard the Easter sermon so many times your mind drifts away to other things? Did the thoughts of the nails being driven into His hands and feet use to make you cry? When did your tears stop?

I heard about a Church that took all the cross symbols out of their chapel and stopped singing the songs about the cross. Their reasoning was that they were worshipping the instrument that took the life of Christ. They said we wouldn't put up pictures of a gun if Christ had been shot! But they are missing the most important view of the cross. The cross didn't take Christ's life. He freely gave His life. After the Resurrection, the disciples saw the cross as a fulfillment of the prophesy that would allow them to reign with their King. They realized that He was not still on the cross. The cross is only the place where Jesus died. It is the symbol of Jesus giving His life, freely shedding His blood, so we can be saved. It is not just an instrument of cruelty. It is the place where Jesus showed how much love He had for an evil, lost world of people like me!

THANK GOD FOR THE CROSS

How do you view the cross? Have you really ever even thought about it or is Easter just the Sunday you put on new clothes and have an egg hunt for the children? Make this Easter different. This year think about what the cross means to you and if you have young children at home tell them the story behind the cross and why we really celebrate Easter Sunday. Christ is not dead, He is not still on the cross; don't leave Him there!

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THE CROSS

I'm thankful for The Cross
That stood at Calvary,
The Cross simply made
From a rugged tree,
The Cross where Jesus went
To set the lost world free,
The Cross where Jesus died
For you and me.

I'm thankful for The Cross
That stood at Calvary,
The Cross that was raised up
For the whole world to see,
The cross where Jesus freely
Gave His life for you and me;
For us to have life,
The Cross Had to be!

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[GOD BLESS]

Men put Jesus on a cross but He didn't stay. They put Him in a tomb and rolled a stone over the door but it couldn't hold Him. Today, men try to keep Jesus in the church on Sunday's. They don't want to take him home with them. But Jesus can't be put away and only brought out when we need Him. He wants to be the center of our lives! He gave His body to die on the cross and came forth from the tomb on the third day so that He could live in our hearts. If He does not live in your heart, you may as well have left Him on the cross!

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