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Written by Peter Langbroek
This is a true story; names are changed. Three year-old ChrisÕs dad was busy in his workshop. Chris was watching him.

Chris: Dad

Dad: Yes, Chris.

Chris: Can you make me a cross?

Dad: (A bit surprised); no son.

Chris: Why canÕt I? The church across the street has one.

Dad: Well, OK.

Dad then nailed two pieces of wood together and gave it to Chris. Chris went outside with it and put it in the flower bed in the front yard. That afternoon, Dad was on the driveway while Chris looked thoughtfully at the cross.

Chris: Dad?

Dad: Yes, son.

Chris: We should get bad people like Adam and put him on the cross!

Thought: What gave Chris the idea to think like that? Was he right?

If Chris could get Adam and put him on the cross it would be wrong. But Chris had heard how Adam ate the fruit in the Garden of Eden when he wasnÕt supposed to. Adam was bad. Because of that sin everyone has been made a sinner. If Chris could put Adam on the cross and he was right in doing that, Adam shouldnÕt be the only one. Eve would deserve it too; so would Cain, Abel and Seth. We would deserve it too. Chris would be very busy and his dad would be very busy making crosses. The whole world would be filled with crosses!

Hear what the Bible says: ÒThe Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are altogether filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not oneÓ (Psalm 14:2,3). ThatÕs a sad picture, but itÕs a picture God wants us to see.

Now imagine a world full of crosses. Suddenly thousands and thousands of crosses come together to form one cross. A perfect man is nailed to the cross. HeÕs lifted up for all to see Him suffer and die. This man was Jesus. He suffered for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). He was even forsaken by God. More than that, He, as well as being man, was God too. Children, this picture is better than a world full of crosses.

The Bible calls Jesus the second Adam because He, the first perfect Man, died to make sinners righteous in Him. He died and God made Him alive the third day, as the Bible says: ÒBut now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by Man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made aliveÓ (1 Corinthians 15:20-23).

The first Adam didnÕt hang on the cross, because he could not do what the second Adam could doÑdie so sinners will be made alive in Christ. Children, therefore I have hope. Like Adam, I must die. Death with Good Friday would be a sheer cliff into hell. But death with Good Friday is now a Door to everlasting glory. The cross rotted many years ago. The rotted cross and empty grave is a fact that brings hope to all who embrace Jesus in faith.

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