For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2
We see here in this scripture the Apostle Paul saying that he determined to know nothing among them except “Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” In other words, Paul, who wrote two thirds of the New Testament, had his mind full of Jesus and His finished work.
Friends, God wants you to be mindful of the cross of Jesus. He wants you to be cross conscious. You hear me talk a lot about being Word conscious, but what does it mean to be cross conscious? To be cross conscious is to see Jesus, who loves you so much that He willingly died for you on the cross. To be cross conscious is to look to Jesus, who offered His own body to be punished, so that your body can be free from all punishment.
To be cross conscious is to fix your eyes on Jesus, who has provided for your deliverance and victory at the cross. At the cross, all your enemies were overcome. All your diseases were destroyed. Your poverty was removed at the cross. Your sins were wiped out at the cross.
In Exodus 15:23-26, we see the Israelites tasted bitterness in the waters of Marah. God showed Moses a tree, which he threw into the waters, making them sweet. The tree represents the cross, which turned the BITTER waters into sweet waters. In like manner, today, Calvary’s tree has turned your BITTER situations sweet. Because of the cross, you can expect to see the BITTER situations in your life made sweet.
When the Israelites were bitten by serpents in the wilderness, God told Moses to put a bronze serpent on a pole. The pole represents the cross and the bronze serpent speaks of judgement. Those who looked upon the serpent on the pole lived because they saw their problem, the deadly serpent nailed and put to death on the cross (Numbers 21:6-9).
Today, you too will not die but live when you see all your sins judged at the cross, and with them, all your sicknesses, diseases, pains, failures and defeats. At the cross, all that is BITTER and deadly in your life has been removed. Wow, what a truth to apply to our lives that can bless us so abundantly. Praise God forever.