Saved is a state of being, not an end result. The fact that it is so hard to discuss the message of the cross intelligibly has everything to do with disclosure. The message of the cross has to be revealed by God’s Spirit. God Himself endorses this message and gives it its seal of authenticity.
The idea of God dying on the cross for us is just as mind-blowing as the idea of God becoming a human being – for real – not just for a week or so, no, the entire human experience. Jesus was born like any human baby; he grew up, went through puberty, became a man and ran his own business before He went into public ministry. All of that is part of the story of the cross. He didn’t just fall from Heaven and got martyred. The Son of God was a citizen, had a nationality and belonged to a family tribe.
Jesus didn’t fall from Heaven because there was more to conquer than death. He also came to redeem our lives by living the full cycle of the human experience. God got His hands dirty; He cried; He laughed; He got tired; He got sweaty; He got hungry; He got refreshed; He cracked jokes; He had parents; He built friendships; He was loved and He was despised. He was revered and he was ignored.
And Jesus prayed. I bet praying was a different experience for Him as a human being. Praying on Earth has its challenges. You have to really want it! Distractions are everywhere. I imagine if we pray in Heaven where God lives that’s a whole different story.
Then Jesus died publicly in front of everybody a very cruel death. Dying in itself is tough. Why He had to be humiliated and murdered that way is incomprehensible, but so is human brutality that happens on a daily basis. The point being Jesus came to redeem us from all of that. He came to save us from ourselves.
For some reason the message of the cross got some of us twisted into thinking that we’re to blame for Jesus’s death. It’s our entire fault that this glorious Son of God had to suffer so badly. This is only half the truth. The other part of the truth is that Jesus chose to bail us out because He thinks we’re worth it.
Let this message of the cross sink in as we go through another Easter season. Jesus’s greatest joy is to see our healing process as a result of His sacrifice. We accept the truth God whispers into our ear, and we shed off all the things that tie us down and hold us back. Being saved simply means we get to be real. Turning to God and allowing Him to heal us turns us into the person we’re designed to be.
Discover God and you’ll discover who you really are.