The Cross is a great contradiction. Death and life, hate and love, violence and peace, accusation and forgiveness, sin and purity, brokenness and wholeness, all is lost yet everything is gained, destruction and restoration, defeat and victory. Once the cruelest form of execution, yet now it is a symbol of abundant life.  The Cross is love.  Christ died for sinners. He died for people who had lost their way. He did not die because it was forced upon him. It was a choice. A choice made in love. While dying on the Cross, Christ said, "It is Finished." What did he mean?  He was telling all who believe in Him that He paid the ransom for our sins.  We are now forgiven and will have eternal life in Heaven with Jesus.  He loves us that much!!!