Q: Why, when the Cross is where a terrible historical death took place, and where nearly everyone abandoned Christ when He didn't deserve that.
A: Cuz the nearer we live to the Cross if you will, the closer we are to that triumph. The cross is where my old nature was put to death for life's sake. And the cross is where death was totally "swallowed up in victory." Through that punishment for our sins that Jesus suffered at Calvary, we can be forgiven, born again spiritually, healed, and we can find new life. Our poverty and rejection on different levels can be replaced by abundance and acceptance - abundant life in Jesus. He was made a curse so that we could enter into real blessing.
It's not about religion, good works or even observing certain rituals cuz knowing God is all about true liberty and He ain't about religiosity at all.
"Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him."
Perhaps you have felt at times that your life is cursed? Listen and never forget.. at the Cross, Jesus actually became a curse for you so you could enter the blessing and acceptance of a perfect person. It's there that we can be freed up from all that hinders and weighs us down. Let thoughts of His Cross be in your mind today cuz this is where the great exchange occurred, "May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."
You already know how all kinds of people get messed up with different addictions when they don't deny themselves, die to their own way, die to what's wrong, and take up their cross in the Lord to follow Him as Lord. Let it not be that way with us. www.facebook.com/shareJesus