This weekend, millions around the world will celebrate Resurrection Sunday and rejoice in the victory of Jesus Christ over sin and death. While current tradition on this day is to spend time with family, take pictures, attend church, and enjoy a wonderful meal, we should insure we understand that Resurrection Day is the foundation of our faith as Christians and an opportunity for all people to experience eternal life found only through a relationship with Christ the Lord.
During this “passion week”, I find it meaningful to think about what the Cross means to me. Far more than a religious symbol hung on the wall of a church or worn on a chain around our neck, the cross means forgiveness, grace, love and life.
So, today – on Good Friday – allow me to share some thoughts about the Cross by others, past and present. I also want to challenge you to take some time today to have your own “cross walk” by spending some time alone to journey back to the amazing events of passion week to consider their meaning and impact on your life. I challenge you to open yourself to the forgiveness made possible through this incredible act of sacrificial love. And to allow the cross to overcome your unforgiveness, bitterness or indifference. Consider these thoughts…
Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us. ~ John Stott
Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the Cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life – no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. ~ Apostle Paul to the Romans
Either sin is with you, lying on your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, the Lamb of God. Now if it is lying on your back, you are lost; but if it is resting on Christ, you are free, and you will be saved. Now choose what you want. ~ Martin Luther
“For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate.” ~ Apostle Paul to the Galatians
… Ok, not that consider myself worthy to be listed with those above,
here’s something I wrote on Good Friday a few years ago …
The cross has crossed-out all of my sins, it has triumphed over all of my trials, and it has executed all of my excuses. I am nothing and everything because of it. And, in it’s shadow I have finally found the light. ~ Chilly Chilton
Stay in the Cross Walk,