There was a cross so that, regardless of our behavior, despite our sins, no matter how bad we are, we could have the shining hope of an eternal residence with the Lamb who took it all away.
That’s why there was a cross. Have you stood near the cross? Have you made a choice for the Savior?
There’s something about the cross… it seems to demand a choice. You either step toward it or away from it. It’s the watershed. It’s the Continental Divide. You are either on one side or the other. A choice is demanded. We can do what we want with the cross. We can examine its history. We can study its theology. We can reflect upon its prophecies. Yet the one thing we can’t do is walk away, neutral. No fence sitting is permitted. The cross, in its absurd splendor, doesn’t allow that.
-- Max Lucado in “The Cross: Selected Writings & Images”