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“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
“There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this…to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. ” (Romans 3:22-28)
God earnestly desires a loving, personal relationship with us, but sadly, each one of us has sinned against God. “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
Tragically, our sin separates us from God, who is perfect in holiness. According to God’s perfect justice, the punishment for our sins is death and hell. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Yet God still deeply loves us and desires us to be reconciled to him. Therefore he provided the way for our sins to be forgiven: He sent his Son, Jesus, to pay the punishment for our sins through his death on the cross.
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless [to save ourselves from the consequences of our sins], Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8)
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
In order to be forgiven and reconciled to God you must first repent (confess your sins to God and turn away from them). Secondly, you must trust in Jesus, that he paid the punishment for your sins through his death on the cross and his resurrection.
Please see “Message” for more information on how to be reconciled to God and come into a personal relationship with him.
The foot of the cross is the most honest place there is. At the foot of the cross there is no lying, no deceit, no pretenses, no covering up, no excuses, no hiding. We simply are what we are, and we come just as we are–in all our sinful wretchedness, unworthiness and dire need of undeserved mercy. Everything in our lives and everything in our hearts lies bare naked and exposed before the Lord of all. There is no place to hide, no place to run. This is the place of total and complete honesty…..and confession.
We come to the foot of the cross with empty hands, hands that are blood-stained by the guilt of our sins. We know there is no remedy to wash our sins away except the blood of Jesus alone. We know we are guilty–red-handedly guilty–and there is nobody else to blame. The full sentence of justice is upon our sins, and we fully agree with it. We are guilty of sining against God. (Romans 3:19, Psalm 51:4)
We come to the foot of the cross with NOTHING in our hands–no excuses, no recompense, no pledges to do better next time, no good efforts, no reason in our hands to make us worthy of God’s forgiveness. We are in dire need of grace–completely unmerited favor.
We are in need of God’s grace to forgive us despite him having no justified reason to forgive us except that Jesus has died in our place, as our ransom to set us free from our sins, and that God has accepted Christ’s payment for our sins in full.
The foot of the cross is the place of full freedom from sin and guilt. Confession and repentance, when met by faith in the blood of Jesus, sets us free. The weight of guilt is released from our sin laden souls and our guilt laden consciences. They roll off of us through faith in the shed blood of Jesus, and we are free! We are washed! We are cleansed! In Christ we are free! (John 8:34-36). When we look to him and trust that he has paid the full punishment for our sins and has borne the full wrath of God intended for us we are shielded from the wrath of God by the body of Christ and his blood shed for us. We have complete absolution of guilt. Our punishment is paid in full! We are free–free to worship and cry out the glories of God’s grace!
The foot of the cross is the place of humility. It is the end of the power of man. It is the end of the failed efforts of man. It is the end of the failed virtue of man. It is the end of pride and of self-reliance. All men are equal at the foot of the cross and equally in need of mercy.
The foot of the cross is the great leveller of mankind. No one is exalted above another. We are all humbled to our knees at the foot of the cross. “There is no one righteous, not even one…” (Romans 3:10). At the foot of the cross, there is no boasting of one man above another, for we are all sinners saved by grace. We know there is no righteous thing within us except the righteousness of God imputed to us through faith in Christ. If we ever forget this God will always bring us back to this place, humbled and kneeling at the foot of the cross, at the same level as every other repentant sinner saved by grace.
All the pride and boasting of man bows to the exceeding and glorious work of Christ on the cross. The cross is the silencer of boasters. It is the extinguisher of pride.
Oh God, thank you for your cross. I find myself kneeling here. How can I ever move away from this place? This is my position–humbled, unworthy–and yet forgiven, washed, cleansed, thankful, grateful, speechless.
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from his reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
(Third verse of the song “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us”, by Stuart Townend)
This drawing depicts a person at the foot of the cross, humbled, repentant, honest, with empty hands and not a reason in the world why she should be forgiven except that Christ has died for her sins. At the foot of the cross she sits, waiting to meet with God in her humble and contrite place of repentance. Jesus comes to her, absolves her of all her guilt, washes her clean of her sins and restores her to himself through her faith in his blood, his sacrifice for her sins. Jesus gently lays his loving hand upon her head as he forgives her…and she knows she is forgiven.
People often ask me, out of all of the hundreds of pieces of artwork I have done, which one is my favorite. I must admit that it usually is my most recent piece of artwork because that is what God is teaching me at that moment, so it is heavily in my mind and heart.
However, despite my favorite pieces that come and go, over the years I have found that the one piece of artwork that keeps coming back to me is, “Equal at The Foot of The Cross, Equally in Need of Mercy”.
As long as I live I don’t think I will ever be able to escape it and “move on” to the next current piece of artwork the way I do with most of the others. I find that God speaks to me through that piece again and again, and it never loses its power. As a believer, I can never “move on” from the foot of the cross. As long as I live I will always remain there, in need of his constant grace, forgiveness and mercy. Whenever I foolishly wander away, I find that God always brings me right back to that humbled place at the foot of the cross. It is inescapable, but neither do I want to leave.
(Please also see “Equal at The Foot of The Cross, Equally in Need of Mercy” (Believer’s Road Series), “Unworthy, But That’s The Grace of God” (Believer’s Road Series) and “Empty Hands” (Believer’s Road Series).)