Why do Christians focus on the death of Jesus on the cross?

You may wonder why Christians make so much of the execution of Jesus on a Roman cross.

Firstly, the death of Jesus demonstrates the love of God for us.  John chapter 3 verse 16 starts “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…”

Jesus went willingly to the cross – in fact it was his whole reason for coming to earth, since…

j_on_crossSecondly, it is only through Jesus’ death on the cross that we can be saved from God’s wrath for our rebellion against His rightful rule in our lives.

John 3 continues “that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life [with God].

It is only through the cross that we can be reconciled to God and brought into His family. So, the cross is at the heart of the “good news”. God loves us so much that he was willing to sacrifice his own beloved Son to rescue us.

That is why the cross is central to the Christian faith and that is why the cross is central to what we teach and belief at Layton Community Church 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 (1 Corinthians chapter 1 verse 18).