Have you ever thought about how important the cross of Jesus Christ is for your life? If you are a Christian, of course you have. I know I think about it all the time. The fact that Jesus died in my place for my sins penetrates every part of me. It impacts just about every aspect of my life. And the parts it does not impact is probably because I have not thought deeply enough about it.
Over the past couple weeks, I have been trying to pay careful attention to the importance the writers of Scripture place on the cross of Jesus Christ (by cross, I am referring to his death in our place for our sins). As I have been reading the New Testament in preparation for Easter, I have been pleasantly surprised that the NT speaks of His death in just about every chapter of the Bible. Here are some examples from my reading yesterday.
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin." (1 John 1:7)
"He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world." (1 John 2:2)
"Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil." (1 John 3:8)
"By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers." (1 John 3:16)
"In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:10)
"This is he who came by water and blood--Jesus Christ; not by the water only but by the water and the blood." (1 John 5:6)
That is just a sampling. As I have been reading, the thought occurred to me: If the NT writers saw this as so important that they couldn't write about almost anything without referring to the death of Jesus, don't you think that it should be something we celebrate more than just on Good Friday?