The Revelation at the Cross
At the cross of Calvary, love (John 3:16) and selfishness stood face to face. Christ had lived only to heal and bless, and in putting Him to death, Satan demonstrated the malignity of his hate against God (John 8:44). He made it obvious that the real purpose of his rebellion was to unseat God, and to abolish the Son through whom the love of God was revealed (Isaiah 14:14).
By the life and the death of Christ, the opinions of men also were exposed. From the manger to the cross, the life of Jesus was a call to self-surrender, and to partner with humans in suffering (Philippians 2:1-0). Jesus came with the truth of heaven, and all who were listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit were drawn to Him. But the worshipers of self belonged to Satan’s kingdom (1 John 3:8). In their arrogance toward Christ, they showed on which side they stood (John 8:44). And thus, everyone revealed his own heart (Luke 2:35).
In the day of final judgment, every lost soul will understand the nature of his own refusal of truth. The cross will be offered, and its real bearing will be seen by every mind that has been blinded by disobedience and everyone will admit that God’s way is perfect (Psalm 111:3). Before Christ, sinners will stand convicted (John 16:8). Every deceitful excuse will be swept away. Human apostasy will be exposed in its wicked character. Men will see what their choices have caused them (Psalm 8:1,8).
In the judgment of the universe, God will be vindicated. It will be revealed that the divine verdicts are not accessory to sin. There will be no blemish in God’s government, no cause for alienation (Psalm 119:137). Then, all people shall unite in declaring, “Just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints. Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? . . . for Thy judgments are made manifest” (Revelation 15:3, 4.)
In His service,