by Eric Meier

With all of the different woods on this website, you might be wondering: what is the most valuable of them all? If not in monetary value, then what piece of wood has influenced the course of human events more than any other?

And for today, is there a kind of wood that is more important than any other: no matter who you are, where you’re from, or what you do for a living?

Whether you’re a man or woman, young or old, from America to Africa or Asia, whether you’re a carpenter or a banker, or a secretary or a corporate executive: is there one wood that is of more value than anything else in this world?

Well, that’s easy! Of course there is one wood that is more valuable than all others: and that is the Cross of Jesus Christ.

Christ Carrying the Cross, Sebastiano del Piombo (1535-1540)

Sebastiano del Piombo (1535-1540)
Christ Carrying the Cross

 

Technically it’s not the wood itself, but surely the event that took place on the Cross is of more value than anything else in this whole world.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” -Mark 8:36

For on this humble wooden Cross, God’s Son died as a penalty for our sins. And perhaps not everyone will acknowledge this, but we all have sin; that is, we have all done bad or hurtful things that we regret.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” -Romans 3:23

Yet because of our sin, we face very dire consequences, and if not for the Cross, we would be without deliverance. When Jesus Christ died on the Cross, He saved us from the payment that we had coming to us as a result of sin: which is death and hell.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” -Romans 6:23

And so, by the grace and mercy of God, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, from heaven to earth to die in our place. He was as a perfect and spotless substitute who died in our place, so that we might be reconciled to God through His sacrifice on the Cross.

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8

Once we realize our need for a Savior, and see the importance of the Cross, all that is necessary to have God’s tremendous benefits of salvation imparted to us is that we humble ourselves and confess to God our need:

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” -Romans 10:9-10