Jesus's humility and obedience and love on display through his cross provides the pattern for the whole life of every Christian.
Jesus came to serve everyone, not to be served. This is made clear precisely in his cross. Jesus's example is to love other so much that their needs are considered more important than our own.
Jesus's cross proves that God has redeemed sinners from our eternal demise. Bearing the fruit of godliness proves that we have accepted that gift.
Human hands held the hammers that drove the nails through Jesus' body. Human governors authorized the crucifixion of Jesus. However, in the light of the cross, we can see that this was a decisive battle in the war of the ages. God's enemies thought they dealt the final blow to defeat God's plan of redemption. They were wrong.
The Light of the Cross, Lesson 1.
The Sun defines our solar system by its light in which so many parts become visible. Also, the Sun defines our solar system by the force of its gravity, which holds everything together in their relative orbits as a system. In a similar way, the message of justification--the good news of the cross of Jesus of Nazareth--defines everything that faithful Christians must believe.
Jesus gave his life on the cross as the sacrifice that we needed to free us from the curse of sin and death. Thank God!
2021 has already been off to an eventful start. For those who love the truth, Big Tech censorship of anyone questioning election integrity, for example, seems to set the tone for much more trouble ahead (2 Thess 2:10). How should disciples of Jesus Christ respond? How should we engage the challenging times ahead? In a capstone lesson on discipleship to The Twelve apostles, Jesus calls us to see cross-shaped opportunities to serve others, rejoicing in the chance to drink the "cup" of Christ, being baptized in the fire of the emerging Kingdom of God.