Food for Friday

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. Galatians 6:14

During our lifetimes, we will read about, and possibly meet people who have achieved greatness in different ways: great heroes, great warriors, great athletes, great scholars, political leaders, scientists, and many more. One of those people was Sir Edmund Hillary, who with his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay were the first men to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain. However, Sir Edmund’s death a few years ago reminds us that even those who achieve great things in this life will eventually have to succumb to death. Sir Edmund had something to brag about, although he rarely did. People who brag are not pleasant to be around. In their insecurity, braggarts feel they have to let everybody know about their abilities or exploits. And we all want to get away from those people as fast as we can. We don’t brag about ourselves. But our text tells us that there is something we can glory in, something we can tell people about, something that we can get excited about.

Mount Golgotha was physically not as high as Mount Everest, but the One who scaled Golgotha’s heights accomplished far more than did Sir Edmund and his Sherpa guide. The ascent of Everest is little more than a worthy footnote in history, an event that affected a very tiny portion of the world’s population. But the ascent of Golgotha affects us all, saving the believer and condemning the rejecter.

Are we proud of what our Lord has done? The more we read about what He has done – and there is plenty to read, it is the central topic of all of Scripture – the more we are impressed with the greatness of the victory of the cross. His was an achievement so great that all of mankind can receive forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and peace with God by accepting the salvation that Jesus paid for with His own blood.

The cross should be the primary topic of conversation whenever Christians talk, not just when we gather to remember Him on Lord’s Day morning.

Speak about the cross today. What our Saviour achieved there is worthy of our glorying. -Jim MacIntosh

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