“For Christ didn’t send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News—and not with clever speech, for fear that the cross of Christ would lose its power. The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:17-18 (NLT)
Death Valley is the lowest point in North America, yet it’s very close to the highest summit in the United States. Just eighty-four miles away from Death Valley, Mount Whitney stands tall, rising to some 14,500 feet above sea level. From its summit, one can look across the great expanse that is Death Valley. It’s an awesome view. From that perspective, Death Valley is small and far away. The heat and barren wasteland that one experiences when journeying through Death Valley is a beautiful landscape when viewed from the summit of Mount Whitney.
The Cross of Christ is the Mount Whitney to our Death Valley. From the perspective of the Cross, the valley we find ourselves in is small and distant, conquered by the sheer height of the immensity of what God is doing in our lives. From the perspective of the Cross, our valley takes on new meaning, for the Cross itself was a valley like no other. And we need to remember that the Miracle Worker who has already climbed that mountain can certainly lift us out of the valley.
When the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, he told them that the Cross of Christ is the very power of God. It was at the Cross that Jesus made atonement for our sin. He paid the debt that we could never afford. He died in our place. The Good News is that the power of the Cross can change our lives today through the miracle of transformation! We can begin again because of the power of the Cross. We can be lifted from our valley of sin and death and be raised to walk in newness of life in Christ!
Are you living in Death Valley? Maybe it feels like you’re at the lowest point in your life. Look to the Cross of Christ. There’s power in the Cross. It may sound like foolishness to some; but, to those who are being saved from their old way of life, the Cross is the very power of God. Turn from your sin today and experience the power of the Cross to transform your life. It’s the greatest miracle of all!