The irony of the Cross has been observed across the centuries by believer and skeptic alike. We can observe a cluster of paradoxes around the Cross because the Cross is a:
picture of violence, yet it is the key to peace;
picture of suffering, yet it is the key to healing;
picture of utter weakness, yet it is the key to power;
picture of capital punishment, yet it is the key to mercy and forgiveness;
picture of vicious hatred, yet it is the key to love;
picture of supreme shame, yet it is the Christian’s supreme boast.
The cross, for the follower of Jesus, is truly the “master key” that opens the doors to everything that God desires to give us. In short, life begins at/from the Cross of Jesus and the quality of our lives is directly related to our being “opened” by this key...