Published: May, 2015
In “The Radical Cross”, A. W. Tozer explains the mysterious paradox of the cross. Peace and justice united in Christ’s death on the cross of Calvary. The cross is the crux of the matter. The cross of Jesus Christ is the crux of history. Without the cross, there is no history. The cross of Christ defines history. “Excruciating” in Latin means “out of the cross.” In English, it means “in the throes of indescribable pain.” The excruciating pain of Christ on the cross comforts the deepest hurts of the human heart. We live with the deepest hungers of the heart. Truth, love, justice and forgiveness grip the soul and stir the heart. These four hungers lie at the foot of the cross. In the paradox of the cross, God provides for our deepest needs.
A. W. Tozer understood the death of Christ in its timely and timeless nature. It symbolised the past, present and future. Christ’s death was a specific point in time past. He lives with us in the present and promises to return in the future. This world needed a costly redemption in the death of Jesus Christ, the sacrificial Lamb of God. The cross of Christ bridges the vast divide between God and men. Without the cross, the gulf separating us from God cannot be bridged. The Christian must try to understand the costliness of Christ’s death on the cross. Our understanding of the cross and our commitment to it are paramount. There is no more important theme. It defines everything in this world and on it the world revolves.