“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
What does it mean to you?
To me, it means that I’ve sinned. It means that God had to send His Son to die for my sins. It means that Jesus loves me.
Today, we’ve taken the cross and made it a decoration. Nasser makes this statement, “We wear silver crosses as jewelry, but we’ve forgotten about the real blood on the real wood of Jesus’ cross.” I wear a cross, but it’s mostly as earrings. Just now, while typing this, I’m realizing how much I don’t remember what it means to me. In a sense, by wearing two crosses as earrings, I’ve taken Jesus out of the equation – wearing the two prisoners’ crosses from my ears. This doesn’t mean that I won’t wear my cross earrings, but the next time I do, I’ll think about what I’m wearing.
I love the way Nasser says, “Everything we say and do needs to be filtered through the sacrifice Christ made on the cross. At every crossroad in life, the question is not necessarily, ‘What would Jesus do?’, but more accurately, ‘What has he already done on the cross?’ and ‘Will my decision honor the cross?’”
Today, if we look past the cross, what are we looking past? Are we looking past the sacrifice Jesus made? Are we looking past our sin that Jesus took upon Himself while dying on the cross? Do we think that we are beyond the cross? That we don’t need the cross.
We need the cross – I need the cross.
The cross ~ are you beyond it? I don’t want to be. Jesus died on the Cross. He sacrificed His life for mine – how can I take that lightly?
Until tomorrow, Continue to memorize Psalm 115:1, 17-18.
Follow 2 Serve – Love, Lorna
Warning: The following video contains graphic scenes from the movie, The Passion of the Christ.