The cross is mentioned a number of times in the Bible, but most significantly in the letters of Paul. Long before Jesus was crucified on the crossWhen the cross is mentioned in the Bible, it most often does not refer to a physical wooden cross, except when specifically describing Jesus’ crucifixion on Calvary. “Taking up your cross” refers to the metaphorical cross that Jesus’ speaks about in Luke 9:23. “Taking up your cross” is the act of denying the sinful thoughts that come up in you... More at Calvary, He exhorted us to take up our cross daily and follow Him, which is a condition of discipleship. (Luke 9:23) Jesus Himself took up this cross daily; it was the principal instrument by which He destroyed the root of sinSin is anything that goes against God’s will and His laws. To commit sin is to transgress or disobey these laws. The lust to sin dwells in human nature. In other words, it is contaminated and motivated by the sinful tendencies that dwell in all people as a result of the fall into sin and disobedience in the garden of Eden. This... More and overcame the power of death and the devil.
Paul was gripped of the message of the cross. In his letters, we see how highly he values the cross; it permeated the whole of his life and preaching.
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18.
“For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” 1 Corinthians 2:2.
“I have been crucified with ChristJesus was physically crucified on the cross at Calvary. Though blameless, He took upon Himself the punishment for sin, which was death, so He could pay our debts and forgive us our sin if we are willing to believe in Him and follow Him the Apostle Paul wrote: “I have been crucified with Christ…” (Galatians 2:20) This is a metaphorical... More; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the fleshSin is anything that goes against God’s will and His laws. To commit sin is to transgress or disobey these laws. The lust to sin dwells in human nature. In other words, it is contaminated and motivated by the sinful tendencies that dwell in all people as a result of the fall into sin and disobedience in the garden of Eden. This... More I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.
These references show clearly that the cross is the crucial key, the very means by which we can follow Jesus on the new and living way into sanctificationSanctification is the process by which you are transformed to have divine nature by the act of consistently putting sin to death by resisting temptation. This is what it means to cleanse the inside of the cup. (Matthew 23:26) Your sinful nature is gradually replaced by virtues – the divine nature. Romans 12:2, 2 Peter 1:4.... More. Through the power of the cross, we are able to be transformed into Jesus’ image, so that the life of Christ can also be manifested in our bodies. (2 Corinthians 4:10-11) This is why the message of the cross is one of the central, most crucial pillars of the gospel.