Whenever we say that something is “wondrous,” we mean that the person, place, thing or event is amazing, astonishing, astounding, awesome, awful, eye-opening,fabulous, miraculous, portentous, prodigious, staggering, stunning, stupendous, sublime, surprising, wonderful, or marvelous. And more superlatives ad infinitum.
In all the history of mankind, nothing, absolutely nothing, reaches the magnitude of wonder like the Cross of Jesus Christ. The event was so staggering, phenomenal and spectacular that no amount of oratory, no compilation of vocabulary, phrase, diction or modifiers by pen on paper can tell the wonder. It would be like trying to dam the mighty Niagara Falls with toothpicks.
But why not join me for a moment to focus on one aspect of “The Wonder,” namely the benefits of this magnificent exchange: His life for ours.
He came from the bosom of the Father to the bosom of a woman. He who was the Son of God became a Son of Man so that we who are the sons of men might become the sons of God. He was born in a manger that we might live in a mansion. He was made sin on the cross that we might be made the righteous of God. He became sorrowful that we might have everlasting joy. He became poor that we might become rich. He became a partaker of our human nature so that we could become partakers of His divine nature. He put on humanity that we might put on divinity. He became weary that we might have rest. He became the companion of sinners that we might know the companionship of God. He was homeless that we might have eternal habitations. He was condemned that we might not be condemned. He became a servant that we might become kings. He was forsaken that we might be received. He died that we might live. He was stripped that we might be clothed. He entered the realm of darkness so we could live in the kingdom of light. He was silent that we might speak. He was humbled that we might be exalted. He was rejected that we might be accepted. He became an outcast that we might never be cast out.
He was crucified on the cross for us so that we might reign with Him. He wore a crown of thorns so that we might wear a crown of everlasting glory. He was abused, tempted, persecuted, despised, derided, betrayed, denied, smitten, scourged, buffeted, and blasphemed. He was frowned upon by pride and oppressed by power. He gave up all things that we might receive all things. So it is no small wonder that Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross for us becomes our “all in all.” How magnificent beyond measure!
A century ago a little girl was lost in a forest near a newly established frontier village in the north. Search parties from the little town had given up because of their own difficulty of finding their way back out of the forest. Finally the Mayor sent a messenger to a chief of an Indian tribe some miles away, asking for help. The Native Americans came, pitched their tents at the edge of the forest and after three days, brought the little girl to safety. But one of the amazing feats was that the Indians came out of the forest every evening without getting lost.
The old Chief, whose face was weather worn from decades of leading his tribe in the great outdoors, said it was easy. “We pitched our tents by the tallest tree at the edge of the forest. When we couldn't find our way, we would climb a tree and look for that one tall tree. We knew that’s where camp was.” So it is for you and I. When we have lost our way in the lone and perilous ways of life, we have but to look out to that one tall tree, the Cross of Calvary… a tree that divides time and dispensations, a tree to which if you will make your way, will become the altar for you. As you kneel there in humble adoration, you will discover the Cross is now empty. But He that hung on the Cross for you, will come to you. Remember the words from the hymn writer, “There’s Room At The Cross For You!” Won’t you come to the Cross? Won’t you come to the Christ?