When many Christians look at the cross they see mercy but dont see condemning judgment. When Jesus died on the cross He became sin, a curse and was judged accordingly. The just condemnation that we deserved He received. Isaiah says that it was God’s will to crush Him and make His life an offering for sin, the Lord layed our iniquity upon Him. He became a curse, God judged Him to take away our sin. It was God’s plan to kill Him instead of us, that becomes affective in a person when they place their trust in the cross of Christ. God’s justice was executed upon Jesus. In His life blood is the new covenant as Jesus stated at the last supper. We become one with Him in His death and resurrection the moment we place our trust in Him.
So in the cross we see both mercy and condemning justice. When we see how God judged individuals and nations and then see His desire to save us from wrath and sin by executing Jesus, we can say as Paul did, “I glory, rejoice in the cross of Christ. For by it I have been crucified to the world and the world to me.”
The cross is our power over sin. The cross is our redemtion. The cross is the way God provided for our salvation. The cross is why the Word became flesh, why He became the Son of Man. The cross of Jesus is eternal life to me. Thank God for the cross of Jesus.