Embrace The Cross
Heb 12: 2-3 (NIV) “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
The cross of Jesus Christ lies at the heart of everything a Christian does. When we feel overwhelmed, we are to focus our attention on the person of Christ, remembering his sacrifice on the cross. That father had given the highest kind of love there is – the giving of his life so people he loved would not have to die. It is that kind of love that touches us in the deepest part of us; it’s a compelling love. Not Christianity, not rituals, not beliefs, not even the great teachings and miracles of Jesus. It was His cross. See, there really is a magnet in that old hunk of wood; a magnet that draws us to the foot of that cross to see how very much He loves us.
It’s Jesus who said those oft-quoted words: “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13 ). Then, in John 10:11, Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” I’m one of those sheep that He laid down His life for, and so are you. And that’s why it is so important that you make sure you belong to Him; that you’ve responded to Jesus. The Son of God put His body between you and the awful consequences of running your own life, eternal separation from God. When He died on the cross, Jesus took the storm of God’s judgment on Himself. He died so you don’t have to.
Put all the excuses aside, all your religion, your failures, those hypocrites you’ve known, those questions, and just let it finally overwhelm you. God’s one and only Son loves me; He died for me! And then, bow down at that cross and give yourself to this One who cared more about your life than His own. Tell Him, “Jesus, I’m Yours!”
This month at SHCC, we focus on going to the foot of the cross – where one can experience the true revelation of God the Father’s great love for us.
1 Corinthians 1:18 – “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God“.
In God’s eyes, the Cross is the center-point of history, and it is the center-point of our lives also. No truth so profoundly alters our life’s direction. Therefore we encourage you to take a long, deep look into this subject. Our prayer is that you might receive all the insight that the Lord intends each of us to have.