The Power of the Cross
I had a night vision as I lay in bed 03/07/2014. In the vision I saw a group of believers gathered in a circle holding hands. In the middle of the circle was the Cross of Christ. It was dazzling white in appearance. I saw power emanating from the cross in the form of small lightning bolts and the bolts were striking the people in the circle in their foreheads. They were receiving power from the cross. What I noticed in the dream as well was there was darkness all around save for the light coming from the cross that was illuminating the circle where the believers were gathered. The cross was the central thing that they seemed to be gathered around.
It is no coincidence that before I fell asleep that I was reading the following scriptures:
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel–not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1Co 1:17-18)
Below is a vision that I had in 2010 that goes along with this latest post.
I had a very tragic vision on 07/25/2010. In the vision I could see many preachers, their pulpits
were lined up next to each other,they were very learned men, some were in suits and some were in robes,and they were preaching to a very large …congregation . The eyes of everyone in the congregation and their attention were on these preachers. In back of these preachers I could see Jesus on the cross. Not one of the preachers ever mentioned the cross in his preaching and no one in the congregation ever looked at the cross, their eyes were on the preachers and they were attentive to the “wisdom” that was being taught by them
Man’s wisdom empties the cross of its power. In the vision above that is exactly what was happening.
In order to experience resurrection power, one must first be willing to be crucified with Christ. Below is a quote from A. W. Tozer that I feel appropriate to place here.
“The new cross does not slay the sinner, it redirects him. It gears him into a cleaner and jollier way of living and saves his self-respect. To the self-assertive it says, ‘Come and assert yourself for Christ.’ To the egotist it says, ‘Come and do your boasting in the Lord.’ To the thrill seeker it says, ‘Come and enjoy the thrill of Christian fellowship.’ The Christian message is slanted in the direction of the current vogue in order to make it acceptable to the public.”
“The old cross is a symbol of death. It stands for the abrupt, violent end of a human being. The man in Roman times who took up his cross and started down the road had already said good-by to his friends. He was not coming back. He was going out to have it ended. The cross made no compromise, modified nothing, spared nothing; it slew all of the man, completely and for good. It did not try to keep on good terms with its victim. It struck cruel and hard, and when it had finished its work, the man was no more.”
I have been crucified with Christ, and I live; yet no longer I, but Christ lives in me. And that life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith toward the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself on my behalf.