There is something magnetic about the cross of Jesus Christ. The story of such a loving, sacrificial death compels people to consider its significance. It draws people to take a closer look at this dramatic event in history that—according to the Bible–holds the key to eternal life.
Jesus knew that his death would attract people who were seeking salvation. John 12:32-33 says, “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.’ He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.”
The power of the cross can also draw backslidden Christians back to Jesus. The letter of Hebrews was written to a group of people who were considering abandoning their faith in Christ and trusting in the Old Testament law for their salvation. To keep them from making this fatal error, the writer keeps talking about the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. Over and over, he reminds the readers that it is through the death of Jesus that we can have our sins forgiven and come into the presence of God, to worship and serve him.
For anyone who is having a crisis of faith, the cross still has the power to draw you close to Jesus. Carefully consider the love Jesus has for you; then examine your commitment to him.
“How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!”—Hebrews 9:14.