Latter-day Saints often don’t understand why Christians make a big deal out of the cross. Yet the Bible treats the cross as very important because of everything God accomplished through Jesus’ death there for us.
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- For Mormons, the cross is taboo. Many are uncomfortable with the cross. You might hear someone say, “If your mother were killed by a gun, would you wear a gun around your neck?” To Latter-day Saints, the cross is simply the means of Jesus death. The rich theological significance associated with the cross doesn’t seem to be important or understood.
- In the Old Testament, sin always required death. God set up the whole sacrificial system because sin could only be covered by the death of a substitute. When Jesus died on the cross, he fulfilled those Old Testament offerings once and for all by dying for our sins. Because he had no sin of his own to atone for, Jesus was the pure and perfect sacrifice.
- John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
- The New Testament puts tremendous emphasis on the cross.
- 1 Corinthians 2:2 For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified.
- The cross is a source of hope to believers. Trying to be good enough for God is futile. Instead, we can only put our hope in Jesus’ righteousness and his sacrifice for us. It was an act of tremendous love for him to give his life for us. Your attitude about the cross will change as you understand what was done upon there. That’s where Jesus paid for our sin so we can be forgiven.
- Christians do not worship the cross. We adorn our buildings and bodies with it simply to remember what Jesus did for us there.
Wondering what is the big deal about the cross? As you read the New Testament, the cross will come up over and over, because it is so significant to everything God did for our salvation. His mercy and grace toward us all revolves around the cross.
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