The CROSS Examination :: Place of Strength


The CROSS on which Jesus Christ was nailed is the place of divine strength . The Bible says the “Joy of the LORD is our strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). What is the joy of the LORD? The Bible has the answer to that question as well. The Prophet Isaiah records that it was the LORD’s delight (joy) to bruise Jesus Christ, His Only begotten Son, so that by His death would be the offering for our sin (Isaiah 53:10). This would imply that the Joy of the LORD was indeed the CROSS on which Jesus paid for our sins with His life. But what is Strength then? One of the word that the Thesaurus suggests in place of the word ‘strength’ is the word ‘Power’. In other words, the Joy of the LORD is our strength can be rephrased as “The CROSS is our POWER”. The Apostle Paul, in his address to the Church in Corinth, states this aptly, when he says, that the preaching of the cross to those that perish is foolishness, but to them that are saved, it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18).

The CROSS of Christ Jesus is a place of Strength.

Let us cross examine ourselves and let us joy in the CROSS which is the power of God, made manifest to mankind. Are you perishing or have you been saved? All of us who are weak and heavy laden, can cling to the Cross of Jesus Christ, from which flows, God’s power i.e., divine strength.

1 Corinthians 1:18 (KJV)
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For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.