Those who aren’t familiar with the Christian gospel may not realize this, but the cross of Jesus Christ is a public statement about the sin of each individual human being. The bloodied and eviscerated body of Jesus Christ serves as a visual demonstration of the heinousness of my sin.
In reflecting on this, Milton Vincent writes, “If I wanted others to think highly of me, I would conceal the fact that a shameful slaughter of the perfect Son of God was required that I might be saved.”
So when we stand at the foot of the cross, we are exposed. It screams for all to hear we have sins we wished no one would ever discover. In a way, the worst tidbits about my life have been brought out into the open through the cross.
This can be incredibly freeing. Why would anyone be shocked to hear about my struggles with sin? With a megaphone, the cross has already publicized this information. So there’s no need to hide.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” – James 5:16