Have you ever wondered, has it ever entered your mind, that Jesus our Lord and Savior died on center stage? He did not die on the left or the right, but in the middle, because it was all about Him and His redeeming work. Everyone who was there that day did not come to see the thieves, but some came to cry for their master, others came to mock him. Heaven stood in silence, hell rejoiced as the Son of God took center stage and died in the center on the hill. It was about Him, and that is why today the cross must remain center stage / it must remain the main event because it was in the center that Jesus died. He did so as a symbol, that without the cross, there is no way to life, so the preaching of the cross must continue to be the center of our testimony on the pulpit and in the market place.
Do you get it? Center Stage! Not on the left or on the right, but in the center, on the hill when the sun was out, where everyone could see and can see it. It was the main event that day, it is the main event today! The high priest and his cronies, the Sanhedrin, the Roman soldiers, the brave women and few disciples, the multitude all came because of Him, to either worship at His feet and cry, or to hurl insults at him, but it was about Him and Him alone.
Today the cross is the most attacked symbol, but just like it occurred 2000 years ago, it is about Him and will continue to be about Him. As some of us worship Him because of the cross, some people are still hurling insults at the cross, but one purpose is being fulfilled, Jesus is being glorified. While people are thinking they are doing a disservice to Christ, they are fulfilling His purpose, the more they attack the cross as led by the devil, the more curious people become about the cross and why it is so important. Jesus is still making living history today just as He has done for the past 2000+ years. So worship Him, and if you choose not to, HE will raise up stones to worship Him, but He is on the move and He will be glorified, on center stage, in the spot light, atop the hill, where it is all about Him, not about what / who is on the left or the right, but centered on Him, focused on Him, where He is all in all. Hallelujah!
Scriptures take from the New American Standard Bible:
“32 Two others also, who were criminals, were being led away to be put to death with Him.
33 When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. 34 But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. 35 And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.” 36 The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine, 37 and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!” 38 Now there was also an inscription above Him, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
39 One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” 40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?41 And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
44 It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 because the sun was obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46 And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began praising God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent.” 48 And all the crowds who came together for this spectacle, when they observed what had happened,began to return, beating their breasts. 49 And all His acquaintances and the women who accompanied Him from Galilee were standing at a distance, seeing these things.”
“37 As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, 38 shouting:
“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord;Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” 40 But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”
1 Corinthians 1:18:
“13 For He rescued us from the [u]domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whetherthrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. 19 For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”
“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”