Consider the Cross

 

If you walk through my house you’ll notice a variety of crosses scattered throughout. Not a ton–just enough that a casual observer would realize we are Christians.

The crosses have become so familiar to me now, I hardly notice they are there.

Until today.

This morning I walked through our quiet rooms before everyone else woke up, and for the first time in a long time, I saw them. The crosses. The reminders of what Easter really means.

This Friday millions of Christians will celebrate Good Friday. But for millions more, it will be just another Friday workday before the weekend playdays. They’ll rise early, make coffee, drop the kids off, drive to work. They’ll run errands, buy Easter candy, grab take-out, watch Netflix.

People on our street, at our work, on our kid’s sports teams will live unaware how one Friday two millennia ago can change all their Fridays right now.

Could it be that we live unaware, too? Do we walk through our days oblivious about how the cross and the empty tomb changes everything? Changes us? Are we so familar with the cross that we fail to apprecitate the cross?

Our world–your world–is filled with distractions, demands, and disappointments. But one look at the cross can change everything. Here’s how:

If you’ve ever doubted that God causes all things to work together for good

LOOK AT THE CROSS.

If you’ve ever struggled with forgiveness

LOOK AT THE CROSS.

If you’ve ever questioned God’s love

LOOK AT THE CROSS.

If you’ve ever wondered about the reality of eternal life

LOOK AT THE CROSS.

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by sin

LOOK AT THE CROSS.

If you’ve ever asked if God really cares

LOOK AT THE CROSS.

If you’ve ever faced the pain of death

LOOK AT THE CROSS.

Consider the freedom from sin,

The love,

The forgiveness,

The power,

The debt paid,

all by the cross.

On a lonely Friday, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, stretched out his arms and died. For you. For me. For all mankind.

On the cross.

This year, I’m looking at the cross with fresh eyes. Because the cross changes everything.

How will the cross make a difference in the way you live today? How will the cross motivate you to share the love of Jesus with someone who needs the hope of the cross this week? 

 

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