The Cruel Cross

The whole scheme of our Lord's crucifixion was enacted by Satan and his cohorts for the destruction and consequent elimination of Jesus the Saviour of the whole world. But, God intended this diabolical scheme—with its resultant tragedy—to accomplish His purpose for the good of all His creatures, even those who perpetrated this heinous act.

Yet, His death became the most sublime incident in the universe, and by far, the most breathtaking, because of its place in the purpose of God. Thank God, Christ came out of the ordeal triumphantly. "He has the keys of death and hades" (Rev. 1:18).

By heavenly design, the Cross of shame is transformed into something respectable, yea, glorious and of inestimable value. It is something not to be ashamed of, but rather, to glory in. The Apostle Paul states the matter accurately when he says, "God forbid that I should glory, save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Gal. 6 :14).

The provision for the salvation of all mankind is therefore complete. At the present time, salvation is an election—a calling. God is not at a loss to save anyone now, or in the future—a truth which is indisputably taught in the Scriptures. But no one is saved, unless he comes to God through Christ, and no one can come to Christ, unless he is drawn by Him (John 6 :44). God, then, is Master of the entire situation, in every sense of the word. He is the Saviour of all.

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