“But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world… From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” (Gal 6:14, 17)
After I became born again I discovered that very few believers know the meaning of the Cross or how to apply it in their daily lives. For them, the Cross is just a historical event of the past. They are ignorant of the power of the Cross at this present moment. They ignore the command of the Lord Jesus to carry their cross daily and to follow Him. The Cross means death. It is a unique weapon that kills the flesh. Nothing else can do that! It is a double edged sword. It kills my love for the world and it also kills the world’s love for me. Because of the Cross me the world, we are lifelong enemies. We cannot reconcile. We can never settle. Our relationship died at the foot of the Cross. This lack of friendship between me and the world produced by the Cross of Christ, is my strength, my song and my boast. Nothing else could have done it. I was too infatuated with the world. In fact, I was addicted to the deceitful sweet but poisoned wine produced in the distillery of the world. The Cross killed my taste for it. The Cross killed my desire for it. In its place, I now find a new desire, to love the Lord Jesus Christ and to serve Him forever. This is what the Cross has done to me. It is a radical eternally successful surgery. All the glory goes to Dr. Jesus, who died for me so that I may live to be His servant forever!
This process of double death leaves spiritual scars or ‘marks’ on the mind and on the emotions. After the resurrection, the spiritual body of the Lord Jesus Christ is perfect. All the scars on His back produced by the scourging were healed. But He chose to leave the nail marks on His hands. The disciples in Luke 24 did not recognized Jesus when he was preaching to them. But their eyes were opened when they saw Him breaking bread with His scarred hands.
The Cross divides men into two groups: friends of the Cross and enemies of the Cross. God knows the group you belong to. Are you a friend of the Crucified? Then you should know that you are a candidate to great glory, holy promotion and an exceeding high reward! Congratulations!