I was once in a meeting and had a vision given by the Holy Spirit…
I saw Jesus on the cross, a woman was bowing on the ground and crying. But then, she lifting up her hands and praised.
Right after the vision was done, the Holy Spirit revealed to me what the vision meant. The first revelation that came to me was a statement, that whoever cries for Jesus should not cry because they are seeing a man suffering. Instead, the tears should come because in their heart they realize that their sin put Him there. Having a repentant heart is the first step we take when we know and accept the truth of what Jesus did for us. The second step is giving praise for His victory. And if anyone seeks the heart of God, this victory should mean “on the cross”. Our Lord had no sin, but bore all our sin and died on the cross, and that cross is not a sign of defeat or hopelessness. What He represents is unfailing love, and He has full authority. So, this is should become the reason why we make our decision to follow Him, He is the greatest Love for all eternity. He received the Joy which was set before Him and endured the hardship required, and whoever wants to become His disciple, will receive that same joy. (Hebrews 12:2)
I shared this vision with a group who I was meeting with and one of the elders responded, “Praise should be our decision and attitude regarding the cross.”
What did Jesus have to say about it then? “Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” (John 16:20-22, NIV)
The cross itself has no meaning if we do not know what Jesus did for us on it. Also, if the cross was not followed by an empty tomb then it would also have no power.
“Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” (Romans 8::34, ESV)
By the command of the Father, Jesus laid Himself down and bore our sin as a holy sacrifice to save us from the wrath of the Father. Through the love of the Father, Jesus took up the cross and was obedient even to death so that we could be forgiven and redeemed. According to the authority of the Father, Jesus was given full authority to rise up after He laid down and also upon all of heaven and earth. And now, after the cross and the empty tomb, 1 John 3:8 (NIV) tells us, “The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.” No matter what sin we have committed according to our flesh, our sinful nature, or from the devil, it no longer has any power over us, rather, it has been destroyed. The real power has now appeared, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.” (Titus 2:11, NIV)
My dear brothers and sisters, do not stop at the feet of the cross, but dance and praise for the Lord who was raised to life and left the tomb. The devil may still have his work in this world, but he has no power over the One who won, who has the full authority, even over life and death. While we have trouble, do not look at the devil and be concerned about how you may face him. But remember to fix your eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and the perfecter of faith, that you will ride the boat with Him to the other shore (mark 4:35-41).