A “Cross” tic   Look at Calvary

by Cherrilynn Bisbano

“IT IS FINISHED!” Jesus cried when He hung on the cross.

“Mom what does this mean?” Michael, my then 10-year-old son asked as he pressed his cross between his fingers.

“Great question, I actually taught on the cross for a ladies event.”

“I bet it was an acrostic.” Michael giggles.

“Yes, it was.” I shared the acrostic with my son and now I desire to share it with you.

Please quiet yourself and allow God to speak to you through His Word about the


C- Cancelled the Written Code

R- Redeemed Us

O- Obedience

S- Sufficient Sacrifice

S- Separated No More


The written code is the Law and/or 10 Commandments. “But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code” Romans 7:6 (ESV).


Redeem means to purchase back something that had been lost, by the payment of a ransom. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree” Galatians 3:13 (ESV).


“And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:8 (ESV).


“You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:8-10 (ESV)


Separated means apart from, without. “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22 (ESV)

My son and I read the verses and prayed. We thanked Jesus for his obedience and praised God for the Holy Spirit living in us.

“I’ll never forget what Jesus did at the cross, Mom.” Michael said as he kissed his now favorite necklace.

Oh, the love that was expressed at the cross.  I will never fully comprehend it until I see my Savior face to face.  My desire is that every man experience the joy of knowing Jesus.

The Cross is a crossroad for every man.  You have to make a choice when you encounter the cross. If Jesus is calling you today, accept what Jesus did for you; do not spit in his face and walk away like some of the Roman soldiers. 

So, you already know Jesus; that is wonderful. Let the Holy Spirit refresh you as you bathe your mind in these Scriptures. May you be drawn ever so close to Christ.

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Cherrilynn Bisbano is an award-winning writer and speaker. As a certified Christian Life Coach Minister, and Ordained Minister, she aims to share the love of Christ wherever God leads. Cherrilynn is a speaker with Women Speakers. She contributes to the Blue Ridge Writers blog, is published in four compilations books, and her book Shine Don’t Whine released in 2020. Cherrilynn served in the military for twenty years, earning the John Levitow Military leadership award. She lives with her 19-year-old son Michael, Jr., and her husband of 22 years, Michael. She fondly calls them her M&M’s.

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2 thoughts on “A “Cross” tic   Look at Calvary

  1. Jesus did not cancel the law but fulfilled it. The Ten Commandments are as valid now as when Moses received them.


  2. I think Cerrilynn is referring to the New Covenant as opposed to the Old Covenant. The Jews tried to keep the Law as their communication with God. The Resurrection of Christ replaced the way the people respond to God because Christ is now our mediator, and the indwelling Holy Spirit gives us
    the power to obey the Ten Commandments when we obey Him. The blood of Christ covers our sins when we repent. The sacrifice of animals was a temporary covering in the Old Testament. We have direct access to God through Christ in the New Covenant. In the Old, only the high priest could enter the Holy of Holies. The Cross was the key for the New Covenant. Just my thoughts on the subject.
    Thanks, Cerrilynn, for sharing with your son and with us. Blessings, Fran


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