Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Corinthians 2:8.
God in His infinite wisdom, introduced the mystery of the Cross to save the world from sins and destruction.
Jesus came to this world for a specific purpose, He had an assignment given to Him by God, He had a mandate to fulfill, and that mandate was to save the world from their sin.
She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus [the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua, which means Savior], for He will save His people from their sins [that is, prevent them from failing and missing the true end and scope of life, which is God].
Matthew 1:21 AMPC.
The world was already heading towards eternal destruction. The only way the world could be saved is only by the Mystery of the Cross.
The Cross is where life begins, He had to die so that we can live. The Cross is God’s wisdom for mankind to deliver man from sin and restore man to its original sitting position of dominion.
The Cross is the final solution to all man’s problems, it’s where Jesus Christ uttered the word it’s finished. Sin, shame, sickness, poverty etc. was all dealt with and defeated at the cross.
The Mystery of the Cross is so powerful that before Jesus was about to go to the Cross He had to choose between doing his own will or the will of the Father, He prayed and prayed until the sweat that came out of His body was like a blood. Thank God He chose to do the Father’s will, thank God He chose to die for you and I so that we can be saved.
Billy Graham once said that “Jesus worked all His life. But the greatest work that Jesus did was not in the carpenter’s shop, nor even at the marriage feast of Cana where He turned the water into wine. The greatest work that Jesus did was not when He made the blind to see, the deaf to hear, the dumb to speak, nor even the dead to rise.
The greatest work that Jesus did was not when He taught as One having authority, or when He scathingly denounced the Pharisees for their hypocrisy. The greatest work that Jesus did was not in the great ethical program He presented to mankind—that program which has become the foundation for Western culture.
What, then, was His greatest work?
His greatest work was achieved in those three dark hours on Calvary. Christ’s greatest work was His dying for us.
This idea was hidden from ages, the adversary thought he has finally conquered not knowing that it the wisdom of God for the world to be saved and to be reconciled back to Him.
7 Mystery of The Cross
The mystery of the Cross is uncountable, but we are just going to look at seven of them for now, then maybe as grace is being given unto us, we’ll treat them in another series.
1. The exchange of death for life.
All men were already condemned to death, because the wages of sin is death. Since all men were conceived in sin, it means there’s no any means of escape except by the reason of the Cross. Jesus died on the cross so that we can live. His death and resurrection brought us life.
2. Life in Abundance
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). John 10:10 AMPC.
The Cross does not only bring us life but also brought life in abundance. We all know the difference between lack and abundance, few and plenty, insufficiency and sufficiency.
The Cross is what made provision for us to have life in abundance. To have life in abundance means to have it in full, to have all things that pertaining to life needs and to have eternal life.
3. Redeemed, Restored and Justified
Titus 2:14 KJV
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
The Cross brought us salvation, without the Cross, all man would have perished in sin.
The cross is what made it possible for you and I to be redeemed, restored and Justified. No more condemnation. God now accepts us as His Own Son and Daughter. We are no more slaves; we are now child of God.
4. The Throne of Mercy and Grace
Ephesians 2:14,16 KJV
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us ;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
The cross is what broke the partition wall between us and God. We no longer need the ministry of a Levite to help us offer sacrifice for the atonement for our sins. Anyone who is washed by the blood of the lamb can approach the throne of grace to obtain mercy.
Hebrews 4:16 KJV
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
5. It is Finished
Colossians 2:14 KJV
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.
The cross is where Jesus uttered the world it is finished! Meaning, there is no more any sacrifice again for the atonement for sin, no more struggling, no more pains, no more shame, no more evil handwriting against you because He has nailed it to the Cross.
6. Sickness and Poverty Was Defeated
1 Peter 2:24 KJV
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Before Jesus was hung on the Cross, discovery told us that He was beaten 40 stripes of cane, of which one stripe represents one form of an ailment. Same discovery also told us that all the ailments in the world, when put together can be classified into 39 categories. Which means Jesus had received all the stripes for all our sickness, and by His stripes we are healed.
Someone who is hanged on the Cross cannot wear a blazers suit or any costly apparel, you could imagine how much blood and sweat would have soaked the cloth. You could have imagined how dirty and torn that cloth will look like. That kind of cloth doesn’t befit Him at all. But Jesus had to put on that garment so that He can destroy can destroy poverty for us. Poverty ended when He said it is finished. He became poor so that we can be rich, it’s a mystery.
2 Corinthians 8:9 KJV
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
7. The Beauty of The Cross
The cross is what brought us a life of glory and eternal life of glory.
You could imagined the kind of shame someone that was being hung on the cross will be passing through at that very moment, even in the presence of His followers and disciples.
He went through this shame so that He can give us glory.
While others are seeing shame on the Cross, but we are seeing glory, others may see condemnation but we are seeing justification, others may be seeing sickness, but we are seeing wholeness, while others are seeing poverty, we are seeing prosperity. Glory be to God, it is the mystery of the Cross, others may be seeing crucifixion and we are seeing resurrection. HALLELUJAH!
There is so much beauty in the Cross, there is so much glory in the Cross. If you haven’t come to the Cross for reconciliation, for your burdens to be lifted, for your sins to be forgiven and for a new life to begin, is high time you left all now and come to the Cross for a glorious new beginning. Don’t wait any longer, come to Him today and be restored. Come for a total cleansing and let everything become new.
Jesus Loves You, Be Blessed.