What message does the cross convey to you?
To me, it’s love. And hope.
How amazing is it that Jesus—a sinless man—loved humanity enough to endure the torture of beatings and being hung on the cross? And even more, He who had never experienced sin, accepted the burden of our sin because He loved us.
Most of us know the story of how He was beaten, tortured, and hung on the cross until He died. But has His sacrifice become too cliché in our hearts and minds?
We’ve heard the story of how He was laid in a grave, and three days later, He was raised from the dead in a new body.
But that body still bears the scars of His intentional act.
When we get to heaven, we will see the scars in His wrists, on His feet, in His side.
When I see the cross, my heart is moved with humility. I so don’t deserve His love. I don’t deserve the sacrifice Jesus made so that I could know Him, so I can experience His love.
I don’t deserve the gift of my sins being removed.
God loves us. The cross is the evidence.
When our normal shifts, yet again,
. . . we are loved.
Though we don’t understand the why’s and how’s of this time, we don’t have to. The big picture is we’re loved by a Father who sent His Son to die for our sin.
The cross didn’t have the final word, nor did the grave.
Jesus was raised from the dead because He overcame sin and death.
The cross isn’t merely a symbol of pain. It’s a beautiful symbol of despair transformed to hope.
For those of us who know Jesus, we have a call to love as God does. In this season where everything is uncertain, all events are canceled, let’s remember this:
The message of Easter is never canceled.
God’s love for His creation is never canceled.
His nature is never canceled.
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Because of this, we have hope and we know love.
And we have the gift of sharing His love with those in our world. This virus feels big, but God is bigger still. And love overcomes. Period.
As we spend time physically distancing ourselves, let’s be intentional about loving others as God loves us.
Let’s be the ones who offer God’s hope and love to a fearing, hopeless world.
What about you? What does the cross symbolize to you? How are you loving intentionally in this season?
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