The Centrality of the Cross

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Isaiah 53:1-6

A tall, lighted cross on the chapel at Gordon Divinity School can be seen for miles around. Formerly a monastery, the seminary is on a hill north of Boston.

One night the light went out. The next day a flight controller from Logan Airport, Boston, called. “Our pilots use the lighted cross when making a visual approach to the airport,” he stated. “The cross helps them to get their bearings. Would it be possible to re-light it as soon as possible?” he asked.

The cross of Christ is central for our forgiveness and for our healing. Here our Lord, the sinless one, died for our sins. He removed the barrier of guilt which was between us and a holy God.

The cross is also the place where our brokenness is mended, our sicknesses are healed. The Lord’s salvation is total for our bodies, our personalities, our spirits. One psychiatrist has explored the greatness of our deliverance, believing it brings healing to our family trees, so that “He makes his blessings felt, far as the curse if found.” The Revised English Bible puts it even more forcefully: “He was pierced for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities: the chastisement he bore restored us to health and by his wounds we are healed” (Isa. 53:5).


O Triune God . . . grant Your grace to all who stand in need of healing both of body and spirit, and lead them to look with confidence in You.” Amen. (RCA Liturgy).