In whom (Christ) also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: (Col 2:11)
I would like to put it this way, The Circumcision of Christ is the same thing as the Cross of Christ. The instrument for the flesh is the cross. The Cross for Abraham in his day was “circumcision”, though he was 99 years old when the Lord commanded it to be done. Moses and children of Israel had their own shares. The fundamental thing here is that, this circumcision was done when it was not convenience. It was never at their convenience time. The show that, the cross of Jesus Christ as it were is not a convenience thing. You don’t carry it because it is convenience; you carry it because of the joy that is set before you.
“For the joy that was set before him, he endured the cross…” Hebrew 12:2b
I know a great deal of books has been written concerning the Cross but, I want to put in a simple way what the cross simply means.
The Cross means God’s will “crosses” my will!
Since, there is only one will and one desire in heaven, this gives no room for my will or yours to be done. We must either conform to His will willingly or be crush into His will unwillingly. Either of the two, His will must be done. We must either choose to decrease by embracing His cross or be forced to decrease by His eternal counsel. All things must of necessity decrease, and Christ must increase. That’s the counsel of God and nothing can alter that.
We see the cross as the instrument of our circumcision, because that is what God has ordained. Daily, we must carry our cross, embrace it. The cross is the center of God’s will for all creation and not just for Christians. The Judgment of God on all flesh is the Cross.