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12 February, 2018 10:17

February 12, 2018

“THE CROSS HAS THE FINAL WORD” or did it?

Yesterday was one of those cold icy February days. One look outside made you feel like spending the day in front of a roaring fire drinking hot chocolate. Yesterday also happened to be Sunday and so despite the objections of our flesh my wife and I set off for the early 9 am Church service. The roads were icy as stated by the weather service but I drove carefully only to arrive at an empty parking lot. Yes, the service had been cancelled due to the parking lot being too dangerous to walk on let alone drive on. We headed home determined to go to the second service beginning at 11am. Fortunately I looked at my iPad and found the second service was also cancelled. This was indeed going to be one of those hot chocolate days. ( Perhaps I should have listened to my flesh after all.) The email notifying us of the second meeting closing said that there would be a live broadcast available on the church website. Sure enough right on time the service began with only a handful of brave hearts that had weathered the weather along with one of the worship teams. I settled down to listen. There was one song in particular they sang that got me to thinking. The words were:

The cross has the final word
The cross has the final word
Sorrow may come in the darkest night
But the cross has the final word

Perhaps I’m just wired this way but I found myself saying that’s not true. Now God forbid that I should stand in opposition to the Cross. I too, can agree with the old hymn writer who penned those wonderful words.

In the cross of Christ I glory,
Tow’ring o’er the wrecks of time;
All the light of sacred story
Gathers round its head sublime.

My objection was not regarding the Cross, but the words ‘has the final word.’

We sometimes forget that the Cross as incredible as it was, was altogether pointless apart from the resurrection. There was no final word if Christ had not risen. Listen to Paul’s very poignant word in First Corinthians the fifteenth chapter. “But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.”

The Cross apart from the resurrection, would have left us still in in our sins.

The Cross apart from the resurrection, would have left us powerless over an undefeated enemy.

The Cross apart from the resurrection, would have left us without the hope of Christ’s return.

As much as we emphasize the cross, and rightly so, we need to also magnify the glorious resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who conquered the grave, and ascended to the right hand of the Father; and will return one day in God’s perfect timing.

Thank God for the Cross, but the resurrection has the final word!

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