I have recently been drawn by God to the case of a Pastor and his wife in China imprisoned for trying to prevent the authorities from tearing down the cross from their church building. Have read this week that even more churches are being targeted in their area and crosses are being taken down (read about it here). The imprisonment of innocent parties is heart breaking, just another example of oppression against Christians but what struck me this week was the significance and the victory of the Cross being targeted. The enemy is so aware of God’s power, so aware of the power of his name and what is happening in China that he is even worried about the physical sight of a cross on a church building. Wow what a victory God has, the enemy quaking at the thought of Churches springing up in China so desperate to stop God’s message of love and forgiveness that this is what he has to do, to convince the Chinese authorities that this symbol is a threat.
Too right it is a threat, a threat to the enemy’s lies, a threat to oppression, a threat to the power of death because through Jesus dying on the Cross we claim freedom, we claim victory and we claim power over death and hell.
John 14:6 – Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
1 Corinthians 1:18 – 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.
The cross, a symbol of weakness transformed to a symbol of power the day Jesus died and overpowered the enemy, the cross a battering ram that broke down the wall of division and gave us direct access to the Father, the cross, a tool to reach this lost world, victory over darkness; time and technology do not change the message, we were born in sin and need a saviour and yes the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but the gospel changes everything, the enemy tries to blind the minds of unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ and it is right that we who are saved should share, let the whole world know that Christ is there, he works through us and in us and here’s the thing, no man can come to the Father except through the son, the enemy wants to stem the tide of those reaching out to be at God’s side, he lies, he oppresses, he tries to silence the message of salvation for every nation, to stifle the good news, he strives to confuse and distract but there is only one fact, Jesus in one selfless, compassionate act stacked the odds against the enemy for Jesus died for you and for me, he died on a cross and that will forever be a thorn in the side for the enemy, Jesus pure and good, nailed him, we are free, and well this is the thing, we claim victory over death and hell, death where is your sting, I sing of my Saviour’s love for me, I look at the cross and love is all that I see.