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Some believers talk up the cross and scarcely mention the resurrection. Others will share the resurrection and give little time to the cross. The events are two sides of a coin, and that coin had lots of purchasing power!
When I see people wearing a cross there are two thoughts. First, we should never forget the extraordinary expenditures of our Lord! Second, “I wish there was a necklace picture of Jesus saying, “Do you have anything here to eat?”
The internet has us click on “icons.” The church has used the cross, the fish and bread, the dove and butterfly. One biblical image we might “click on” is in Revelation 5:6;
“Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.”
If we were transported with John, and had the courage, we might have asked, “Excuse me, but I have an odd feeling that at some time you died. But how could that be?”
Paul cites the benefits of both the passion and glorification in Romans 4:25; “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”
It seems if we want people convinced and saved we should preach the cross, but if we want people changed and empowered then we should preach the limitless ramifications of the resurrection.
He once hung on a cross but He is returning on a white horse!
That’s power for purchasing!
Steven C Johnson
Landing Strip Enterprises