Guarded by the cross – Part II
In our last visit, we discussed the significance of the Cross of Christ to us who are sinners, and that includes all of humanity.

We all need the Cross for the benefit we receive from the one who hung thereon. Jesus’ shed blood was for the sins of the whole world (1 Peter 2:24). We closed that study by suggesting that it was through the Cross we are guarded by a Father’s love: 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.
The son in Luke 15 demanded his portion of the father’s wealth. He then gathered all together and took his journey into a far country where he wasted his goods in sinful living. Sinner friend, we can thank God that the prodigal son came to himself. Hunger, loneliness, poverty – these can wake us up like a bucket of water in our face; but only the knowledge that there is a Father who still loves us can bring us home.
When God sent His Son to the cross, He gave the clearest message possible of this love. Romans 8:32 (KJV) “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” John wrote, “We love him because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19 - KJV). This love awakens our conscience making us unable to rest until we have made things right.
Literally, that day, on that “Old Rugged Cross,” Jesus took my place, thus guarding me from the power of sin that demanded that I die – Romans 6:23 (KJV) “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” He guards against our insensitivity and callousness toward sin. When we read the account of the cruel and inhuman punishment our Lord received – the beating, the scourging, the mocking and the taunting – we ask how could men be so wicked as to treat a sinless one in that way.
Who can seriously consider what God’s Son did for him and not be moved? I can’t love sin when I remember the cross: 2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV) “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
Romans 5: 6 - 8 (KJV) “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
How can I love sinning when I remember the blood-stained brow and the nail-scarred hands? This guards us against becoming calloused because we know that Jesus died on the cross so you and I won’t have to!!! It draws us to greater heights and guards us from our very selves and the self-destructive nature of mankind. It guards us against earthly pride and self-centeredness: Galatians 6:14 (KJV) “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”
We are reminded in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (KJV) “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” Those who obey the simple terms of the Lord’s love are crucified with Christ. It’s now Christ living in us (Gal. 2:20). Indeed, we are guarded by the power of the Cross of Christ!

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