Hope, Purpose, Peace, and Life are all found at the cross.  What makes the cross so great?  The simple word CROSS can tell us why.  The CROSS, like the ‘X’ which marks the spot, says, ‘Find it Here’.  Find it here, at the CROSS, where God loves you and offers eternal life.

        The C in Cross is for Christ.
Christ, the Son of God, died on the cross.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!” (Romans 5:8)
There are three things we need to remember about Jesus Christ:  The Bible teaches that He is God, He was without sin, and He died on the cross.
Why did Jesus die on the cross?  That question is answered in the next letter.

          The R in Cross is for Reason.
The reason Christ died is for sin.
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God.”  (I  Peter 3:18)
The Bible, our conscience, and the Law of God (10 Commandments) reveal that we have fallen short of God’s standard of perfection.  All  people are guilty before God because of their sin.
        The O in Cross is for Outcome.
The outcome of sin is death.
The Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)
Wages are what we earn.  The earnings of sin spoil everything we do.  The outcome or wages of our sin results in death.  Physical death separates us from life here and spiritual death separates us from God in the hereafter.  This is bad news, but the next letter contains good news. 

S       The S in Cross is for Substitute.
Jesus was our substitute on the cross. 
The Bible says, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (II Corinthians 5:21)
Jesus took our sin upon Himself and suffered what we deserved.  Jesus’ sacrifice displays God’s loving mercy and righteous justice as no other action could.  He offers forgiveness of our sin as a free gift. 
This gift, however, must be received.  This brings us to the last S in CROSS. 

S     The S in Cross is for Salvation.
Because Jesus is our substitute, He is the only one who can offer salvation.  Salvation includes forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life.