Boasting in the Cross 4/7/20

“But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14)

There is a lot of boasting in the world. People seek attention by letting everyone know just how great they think they are. “I am the greatest.” “I’m number one.” People are quite full of themselves and crave the attention and applause of the world.

The Apostle Paul would have none of this. What he boasted in was not himself, but the cross of Christ. Why boast in the cross of Christ? It was there that God displayed His love for us. It was there that our salvation was purchased. It was there that we are reconciled to God and have peace with Him. It was in the cross of Christ that we receive life, eternal life, life filled with the glory of God.

We come to the cross, bow our heads, and cry out, “Lord, be merciful to me a sinner.” We come to the cross as aliens and strangers, but we leave the cross adopted into the family of God, heirs and joint-heirs with Christ. We leave the cross with an eternal home. There we find all of the longings of mankind, those dreams of Eden, Atlantis, Shangri-La. All that is beyond our sinful nature, all that we’ve lost in this world, is there at the cross, the narrow gate that opens unto the narrow way that leads to life.

Paul says, “the world has been crucified to me.” The world truly is not our home. Our vision is of a heavenly home, prepared for those who come to the cross of Christ. The world can’t satisfy us. We look for a city whose builder and maker is God. Sometimes we catch a fleeting glimpse of His glory, hear a passing note of heavenly music on a gentle breeze. We feel the call of home, and that call leads us to the cross.

Paul also says that he has been crucified to the world. The world rejects him, rejects all believers, because it rejects Christ. We don’t belong, we don’t fit in the world any longer. We glory and boast in the cross of Christ. We will follow His light through a world of darkness into His eternal and marvelous light. Amen.

Pastor Mike

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