One For All
And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. 1 John 2:2 (NKJV)
If there's one aspect of the cross that can't be stressed enough, it's this: Jesus did not die for a select group of people. His sacrifice on the cross was (and still is) "for the whole world."
This is an important point for us to hold onto, because there are two unhealthy extremes that our hearts can fall prey to when it comes to our own relationship with the cross. We can slip to the side of thinking, "The cross is great, but it really isn't for me." And we can also slip to the side of "The cross is great, and it's ONLY for me."
Both of these views are unbiblical. Jesus died for everyone. There never has been and there never will be a person on this planet that isn't included in the invitation to receive all that the cross stands for and represents. There isn't any room for "poor me" nor is there any room for "only me." If we ever isolate ourselves from the cross and think ourselves beyond its reach, or take an elitist approach that anyone else is beyond its reach, then we're not seeing the cross of the Bible.
There's equal opportunity for everyone at the foot of the cross. If someone is a sinner (and that covers everyone) then Jesus specifically died for him or her:
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners… (1 Timothy 1:15 NKJV) Lord, help us to not only know but to practically apply this truth. Help us to receive the cross for ourselves and extend it to all You place in our path.
Think about it…
What does this passage reveal to me about God?
What does this passage reveal to me about myself?
Based on this, what changes do I need to make?
What is my prayer for today?