“And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him [Jesus] to reconcile all things to Himself [God the Father], by Him [Jesus], whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.” Colossians 1:18-20.
Here is a question for the Christian. When Jesus died for your sins, how many of them were in the future?
Your answer would have to be all of them. The blood of Jesus Christ is payment for the sin of all mankind, from Adam to the end of time. There is power in the blood of Jesus which dwarfs all other powers and it was shed for you and me.
The cross of Christ comes in many forms, whether as silver, gold, or jewel encrusted necklaces, expensive or plaster wall hangings, or decorative wood carvings, it is understood as an amulet, good luck charm, or family heirloom, but nothing approaches what it really is.
You will find these shiny pieces of jewelry around the necks of prostitutes, movie stars, and gangsters, as well as everyday people. Many of these folk’s lives are contradictory to what the preaching of the cross of Christ stands for.
“Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him. And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year. Now it was Caiaphas who gave counsel to the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.” John 18:12-14.
“Then He [Jesus] said to them, ‘My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.’ He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.’ Then He came to the disciples and found them asleep, and said to Peter, ‘What, could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.’ And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy. So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then He came to His disciples and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going. See, he who betrays Me is at hand.’” Matthew 26:38-46.