The cross, although it has become the symbol for our faith, was never intended by God to be the focus. The cross was one of the means by which God fulfilled His purpose; it was not the fulfillment of His purpose. Let me explain it this way.
When God created Adam He blew the Breath of life into him, basically God placed His Spirit in Adam and they became one. When Adam sinned Holy Spirit left, He no longer abided in man, the two were no longer one; and throughout history it has been God’s plan to reconcile himself back to us.
19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
The cross was the means God used to provide the way for us to once again be who/what we were created to be – man one with God. He in us and us in Him; the one new creation that looks like Jesus, and He is to be our focus. The purpose was once again for man/God to walk this earth in dominion, making it reflect the glory of Heaven. For this to occur we must adhere to a very important spiritual principle – That which you gaze upon is that which you become.
For us to become the salvation for this earth, the manifestation of the son’s of God, we must focus our sight on Jesus. As we keep our eyes on Him then we will be transformed into His image. If we continue to gaze at Him then we will be who we are created to be because as He is, so are we in this age. Then and only then will the whole earth see the glory of the Lord.