The cross is still the throne from which he rules the world

John Stott:

“Any contemporary observer, who saw Christ die, would have listened with astonished incredulity to the claim that the Crucified was a Conqueror. Had he not been rejected by his own nation, betrayed, denied and deserted by his own disciples, and executed by authority from the Roman procurator?

Look at him there, spread-eagled and skewered on his cross, robbed of all freedom of movement, strung up with nails, pinned there and powerless. It appears to be total defeat. If there is victory, it is the victory of pride, prejudice, jealousy, hatred, cowardice, and brutality.

Yet the Christian claim is that the reality is the opposite of the appearance. What looks like (and indeed was) the defeat of goodness by evil is also, and more certainly, the defeat of evil by goodness. Overcome there, He was Himself overcoming. Crushed by the ruthless power of Rome, he was Himself crushing the serpent’s head. The victim was the victor, and the cross is still the throne from which he rules the world.”

The Cross of Christ, 227-28.

(HT: Timmy Brister)

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

One thought on “The cross is still the throne from which he rules the world

  1. The Cross is Crucial
    (A meditation on reading The Cross of Christ by John Stott)

    Just why then did Christ die?
    Judas delivered Him to Priests,
    Then Pilate to Herod.
    Soldiers killed Him. (Is that why?)
    But the Father ‘Gave Him up’.
    Jesus gave Himself willingly.
    Look at His words carefully
    In Upper Room, in the Garden,
    In Cry of Dereliction for our pardon.
    Surely it relates to our sin ?
    The problem of forgiveness:
    The conflict between
    The majesty of God (is seen)
    And the gravity of our sin;
    His holiness, justice and His love
    To satisfy Himself (the sinner to win)
    He substituted Himself
    In Christ the Saviour for us.
    The Cross has achieved
    Salvation for sinners (who believed),
    The Revelation of God
    And the conquest of evil,
    Propitiation, Redemption
    Justification and Reconciliation!

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