Calvary and The Cross: The Crux of Christianity
Written By: By Ben Godwin | Posted: Monday, May 14th, 2018
Christianity stands alone as the only religion whose founder came back from the dead. This month, millions of believers will celebrate the greatest event in history-the resurrection of Christ! How ironic that the world's best news came from a graveyard. The Easter story is the lynchpin that holds Christian- ity together. Without the cross and the resurrection, the Gospel crumbles like a house of cards. What is unique about Christianity is JESUS. He alone can claim a virgin birth, a virtuous life, a vicarious death and a victorious resurrection. By defeating death, Christ validated His claim to divinity, activated His atoning work on Calvary, separated Christianity from all other religions and indicated the future res- urrection of the saints (1 Cor. 15:12-23).
It's been said that religion is man's effort to reach God; Christianity is God's effort to reach man. Religion is when man reaches up; Christianity is when God reaches down. Jerry Noble observed, "Religion is man-made; the Gospel is God-given. Religion is what man does for God; the Gospel is what God does for man. Religion is good views; the Gospel is good news. Religion ends in outer reformation; the Gospel ends in inner transformation. Religion often becomes a farce; the Gospel is always a force-the power of God unto salvation." Unquestionably, the crux (most crucial element) of Christianity is the cross. The old saying is true, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing." "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God" (1 Cor. 1:18). To believers world- wide, the cross is still the main thing.
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