EASTER MESSAGE: IT'S great that TV can be used to give "the Voice" to "the Biggest Loser" on "the Block" who's judged to have "got talent".
But the "X-Factor" that really matters, for eternity, is surely what the Lord Jesus achieved on the cross when He died and rose again at the historic Easter!
Jesus really is the ultimate "Survivor"!
Christians have embraced the x-shaped cross as a symbol of both the cost of their rescue but also the sign of His triumph over sin and death.
What happened in the experience? The Psalmist states:
"Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other" (Psalm 85 v10).
The requirements of God's Holy Law were met by means of the sinless Son's suffering, whilst His Loving Mercy was met by the effective Rescue which His blood has won for those who trust in Him:
"God (the Father) made Him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him (Jesus) we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5 v21).
Symbols are powerful things. The x-shaped cross with its two outstretched arms speaks of openness, a certain vulnerability.
This year, Anzac Day - that most unifying and meaningful of all Aussie commemorations - occurs, next week.
The x-factor here is, undoubtedly, that spirit of self-sacrifice based on Jesus' words:
"Greater love can no one have than this, to lay down his life for his friend."
Whilst it is only through a personal, living reliance upon Jesus that a person will see the Father's face on friendly terms; we should be so thrilled that Jesus' Way is so definitely etched into the ideals of our nation's life.
In common understanding, the x-factor gives its possessor a winning edge over those around them, the ability to solve otherwise impossible problems, to have and be something special.
This Easter and always, may you know the special grace, love and rescue of God.