The beauty of God’s Rose among our thorns

cross_thornI thought I would try my hand at writing some contrasting rhymes that sum up my thoughts about what the cross means to me. As you read it, some of your assumptions may be challenged about the atonement, but my hope is that it will reveal the Father’s love in a fresh way and lead you into His warm embrace this Easter!
You are SO loved!

The beauty of God’s Rose among our thorns

The cross was not about an angry God’s scorn, it was about the beauty of God’s Rose among our thorns.

The cross was not God’s punishment on display, but what an orphaned heart will do to Love when it has lost its way.

The cross was not about a bloody slaughter, it was about an extravagant Father who would stop at nothing to have sons and daughters.

The cross was not God’s wrath poured out on His Son, it was His furious love poured out for everyone.

The cross was not about divine retribution, it was about God’s stunning resolution.

The cross was not about God needing reconciliation, it was about our darkened hearts receiving restoration for our transformation.

The cross was not about God needing vindication, it was about making us a new creation.

The cross was not some morbid funeral scene, it was the birth of God’s glorious dream.

The cross was not about a religious scapegoat, but about God’s Lamb, sin’s antidote.

The cross was not about satisfying God’s justice, it was about eradicating sin’s injustice set against us.

The cross was not some legal courtroom drama, it was for our healing because of the compassionate love of our heavenly Papa.

The cross was not about a criminal’s pardon, it was about God making a way for us into His garden.

The cross was not about a judge letting the guilty go free, how unjust that would be! It was to rescue us from Satan’s tyranny, his false reality, and from our mistaken identity.

The cross was not about giving us a second chance, but a royal invitation to the Triune Dance.

The cross was not to appease an angry deity. Don’t you see? It was to bring us into relational intimacy.

Finally, let this scandalous truth sink in. The cross was not about a distant God who looked away because of sin; it’s about a lovesick Papa running out to welcome His long lost prodigals in, so let the celebration begin!

So now there’s nothing separating you from Him, above or below. His love never fails, He will never let you go!


5:6  God’s timing was absolutely perfect; humanity was at their weakest when Christ died their death.
5:7  It is most unlikely that someone will die for another man, even if he is righteous; yet it is remotely possible that someone can brave such devotion that he would actually lay down his own life in an effort to save the life of an extraordinary good person.
5:8  Herein is the extremity of God’s love gift: mankind was rotten to the core when Christ died their death.
5:9  If God could love us that much when we were ungodly and guilty, how much more are we free to realize his love now that we are declared innocent by his blood?
5:10  Our hostility and indifference towards God did not reduce his love for us; he saw equal value in us when he exchanged the life of his son for ours. Now that the act of reconciliation is complete, his life in us saves us from the gutter-most to the uttermost. (Rom.5:6-10 Mirror)

Note: For further study on the statements made here, you can check out my posts on the subject of the atonement.


About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 41 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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2 Responses to The beauty of God’s Rose among our thorns

  1. My favorite line: “The cross was not to appease an angry deity. Don’t you see? It was to bring us into relational intimacy.”

    • Mel Wild says:

      Thanks Susan. I like what that line tells me, too. 🙂

      I like how the Good News Bible puts Rom.6:10-11… “And so, because he died, sin has no power over him; and now he lives his life in fellowship with God. In the same way you are to think of yourselves as dead, so far as sin is concerned, but living in fellowship with God through Christ Jesus.”

      Paul tells us that the cross was so that we could live in fellowship with the Father as Christ is in fellowship with the Father. That’s mind-blowing! Especially, since it’s true!

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