Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Colossians 2:14-15
Why is the cross of Christ central to our salvation? Why is the cross so offensive to so many people? It’s very simple, because of Christ’s death on the cross, as the Apostle Paul says “blotted out” or other translations say “having canceled the debt” of our sins. Jesus our Passover Lamb is the atonement for the penalty of our sins, without the cross of Christ, there is no forgiveness of sin
The reason the cross is so offensive to the world, is because the world loved their sin. To accept or acknowledge the cross, is to admit or understand our sinful nature. The symbol of the cross is banned in multiple countries throughout the world, why? Because it’s typically countries that reject Jesus Christ as Lord. Those who reject the cross, typically won’t repent of their sins, because they believe they are already righteous by their own account.
To understand the great sacrifice Christ made for us, we need to understand our sinful nature. As the Apostle Paul said “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) When you understand your sinful nature and understand you are deserving of eternal Hell, then you understand how precious the salvation of Jesus Christ truly is. Without sin, there is no need for the cross. Without the cross, there is no repentance. When we look at the cross, we should reflect upon how much God loves you, to take upon the penalty of your sin, and give you the gift of grace
When you truly become Born Again, when you truly repent and turn away from your sin, what happened to your past? As Paul says here it was “blotted out”. Your sin was remembered no more, as the Psalm says “As far as the east is from the west, so far he has removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12) How far is the east from the west? It’s eternal, there is no end from the east to the west, if you tried traveling from one end to the other, you would just keep going in an infinite cycle.
When Jesus Christ said on the cross “It Is Finished” (John 19:30) The debt for your sin has been paid, as Paul says “Christ took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross” Your sins have been nailed to the cross with Christ, this is why being saved is a transformation, your old self dies on that cross, and your new self is risen with Christ
Worthy is the Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world, Worthy is the Lamb who blotted out your sins and nailed them to the cross at Calvary, Amen!