Today we are talking about a key component of the gospel, the focus of Jesus’ messianic ministry and the central theme to Paul’s preaching and teaching (1 Corinthians 1:18, 22-25)! Today we are talking about the Cross! What exactly happened two thousand years ago with the death of Jesus and what does that death mean for us today? How are we meant to understand it? What should our lives look like in light of it? Does it have power to transform us today? Is it merely a reminder of God’s love so many years ago, or does it indeed have the power to change our lives! I’ll be arguing today that for many Christians the Cross has become too small! This most central historical event surrounding the person Jesus has the power, once embraced by faith as God’s means of reconciling the world of Himself (Colossians 1:19-20), of joining our lives to Christ and imbuing us with the power to live holy and blameless and above reproach (Colossians 1:22). If you don’t know Jesus, begin with the Cross. Ask the question, “What did God accomplish at the Cross and how am I called to respond?” If you are a follower of Jesus, I pray that you would reorient your life around the Cross today, and that you would be compelled by the Holy Spirit to live a more Cross-Shaped life for the glory of God! May the Cross result in a revolution of God’s people bent on taking the message of the Cross—the message of sacrificial love and victory over evil—to the community in which we live and beyond!