Guarded by the cross

On May 21, 1946 in Los Alamos, New Mexico, a young and daring scientist was carrying out a necessary experiment in preparation for the atomic test to be conducted in the waters of the South Pacific.

In his effort to determine the amount of U-235 necessary for a chain reaction, he would push two hemispheres of uranium together. Then, just as the mass became critical, he would push them apart with his screwdriver, thus instantly stopping the chain reaction.
Even though the young scientist had successfully performed this experiment many times before, on that day something went terribly wrong. As the material became critical, the screwdriver slipped. The hemispheres of uranium came too close together. Instantly the room was filled with a dazzling bluish haze. Young Louis Slotin, instead of ducking and thereby possibly saving himself, tore the two hemispheres apart with his hands and consequently interrupted the chain reaction. From his instant, heroic act, he saved the lives of seven other people in the room. As he waited for the car that was to take them to the hospital, he said quietly to his companion, “You’ll come through all right. But I haven’t the faintest chance myself.” It was true. Nine days later he died in agony. He died so that others might live! It can be said of those who were saved from certain death they were guarded by the sacrifice that their friend made in their stead.
Before Jesus Christ came to the earth, mankind was contaminated by another kind of deadly uranium called sin. Jesus heroically stepped in, right in the nick of time, and saved mankind from spiritual destruction. He took the blast. He died on the cross, to free us from our sins. The Bible reveals “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed” (1 Pet. 2:24 NKJV). Friends, the cross, or the death of Jesus Christ, is the most significant event that this world has ever witnessed. It is the magna charta of Christianity. It is the Oscar of the religious world. It is the central theme of the Bible.
There is power in the cross, God’s power, to guard and keep those who believe: 1 Pet. 1:5 (NKJV) “who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Cor 1:18 (NKJV) “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Thus, it has power in our lives.
There’s a magnetism to the cross that draws us to safety. John 12:32 (KJV) “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” The Cross became the means by which God was able to reconcile the world back into fellowship with Himself. God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, Ephesians 2:14 - 16 (KJV) “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby.” Sin is such a powerful force and Satan such a formidable adversary that we need strong assurance that we have help to overcome him. The cross gives this assurance. When we see Jesus on the cross, we realize the greatness of our Father’s love.

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