A few years ago I was the guest at a particular church, leading worship and doing a few of my songs. I sang “Remember” – which is about communion, the bread and the wine. I talked a little about the cross and the blood of Christ as I usually do when I perform that song.
After the service, I was talking with people at my CD table and there was a lady waiting to speak with me. She was very emotional and was having trouble holding back tears. She told me that, in all her years at that church, she couldn’t remember anyone ever talking about the blood of Jesus.
I said, “so why are you still here?”
I didn’t realize that one of the pastors was standing behind me when I said that. Funny how they’ve never invited me back…
So why is it that the blood of Jesus – His cross, His crucifixion – why would any Christian church be uncomfortable with that topic? The bottom line is, I think, this: the cross is embarrassing. The idea of sacrifice seems unenlightened and barbaric. Blood? Well, that’s just kind of gross.
But here’s why Christians who trust the Bible see the cross as a theme that’s not only appropriate but beautiful. At the cross, we see the depth of love our Savior has for us. We see a sacrifice that is both heroic and tragic. A sacrifice of the worthy on behalf of the unworthy. It’s the stuff of truly great stories, and it resonates with us in a deep, deep place.
And there’s more. Ephesians 2 gives us a picture of our condition before the cross:
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live . . . But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions . . . remember that at that time you were separate from Christ . . . without hope and without God in the world . . . But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
The cross is not an embarrassment to those of us who have been “brought near by the blood of Christ.” It’s a beautiful picture of a Savior who went to unimaginable lengths to rescue us.