The Cross of Christ is the great leveler of mankind. The rich, the poor, the famous and the unknown plus all who fall somewhere in between are all equal before God. Salvation can’t be earned but God’s grace is freely given. To attempt to live a meaningful life without first going through the cross on which Jesus died is vanity indeed.
For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel–not with wisdom
and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. 1 Corinthians 1:17
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death. Ephesians 2:16