There is no doctrine, instructions, facts, or set of guidelines in Christianity so important as the principle and belief of Jesus Christ crucified. There is no other doctrine or creed which the devil tries to tear down so hard. What does it mean: “Jesus Christ crucified,” It mean this; Christ suffered death on the cross to make atonement for our sins. By His death He made a complete, perfect, atonement to God for the wicked, sinful, immoral people in this world and through the death of Jesus Christ all who believe in Him are forgiven all their sins, no matter how great or how many.
The doctrine of Christ crucified is the base and ground zero for the Christian religion. Other religions have laws and moral precepts, forms and ceremonies, rewards and punishments; but other religions cannot tell us of a dying Saviour: they cannot show us the cross. This is the glory of the Gospel; this is that special comfort which belongs to the Christian alone. Without a doubt it is pitiful that religious teaching and religious leaders which calls their self Christian, have their church services, their songs, their preaching and yet in all this there is nothing about the cross. A preacher or teacher who preaches or teaches in this way are like a person that tries to explain the solar system, and yet tell the ones listening nothing about the sun. It does not make sense! It is Jesus Christ and Him crucified!
A Christian without the full knowledge of the cross is like a soldier without weapons, like an artist without his pencil, like an plane without a pilot, like workman without their his tools. Let others, if they want to, preach the Prosperity doctrine, the be good doctrine, and the newest fade: Muslims and Christians can worship together. Since when does love and hate go together? What fellowship do we have with Baal? It is time for the church world to wake up! It is time for all who profess to be Christians to stand up and preach: “Jesus Christ and Him Crucified!” It is the blood that stained the old rugged cross and nothing else!
All the preachers of old preached messages that always pointed to Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Everything pointed to the cross.They turn the world upside down. People forsook their sins and turned to God! Not only did the church prosper, our country did also! The person who wins souls will speak always of Jesus The Christ and Him crucified. God will honor those who honor the cross of Christ! All roads do not lead to Rome, but rather to the cross and Jesus Christ Crucified!
The doctrine of Christ crucified should be the very foundation of every Church. No Church will ever be honored, by God, in which Jesus Christ crucified is not constantly lifted up. Nothing, what so ever, can make up for the cross of Christ? Without it all things may be done decently and in order; without it there may be splendid ceremonies, beautiful music, stunning and beautiful churches, educated ministers, packed out communion tables, enormous collections for the poor; but without the cross no good will be come out of any of them.
If a church does not preach Jesus Christ Crucified, dismal, hearts will not be made clear, hearts that are swollen with pride will not be humbled and meek, grief hearts will not be comforted and reassured, fainting hearts will not be revived. Sermons about the church, sermons about baptism and the Lord’s supper, sermons about unity and divisions, sermons about communions and love, all these kinds of sermons will never make up for the lack of sermons about the cross of Christ. Those kind of sermons may entertain some, but they will feed none, spiritually. When the cross is preached everything else falls into place!
A beautiful dining room, and fine China plates on the table, will never help for the want of food to a starving person. When a church does not preach Jesus Christ crucified, and puts anything else in its place then that is a Church which ceases to be useful. Without Christ crucified in her pulpits, a Church is little better than, a well without water, a fruit tree that does not bring forth fruit, a watchman who sleeps on the job, a stumbling-block to weak believers, a comforting and soothing place for infidels, a place for formalism, a stumbling block and it sure angers our God.
Do you, with all your heart, glory in the cross of Christ? That is the question. If you do, you are my brother and my sister: we are travelling on the same road and going in the same direction and everything else is just religion. For us that precious blood was shed! For us those hands and feet were penetrated with nails, It was for us Jesus hung in anguish, pain, and suffered, on that old rugged cross! You and I are the ones who Jesus loved, and died for!