This week we are taking a break from our study in Acts, to focus on the Cross. What it cost Jesus. The depth of His commitment, and its power in your life. Take some time to read the devotionals carefully and thoughtfully. Let the memory and the ministry of the Cross reignite a deeper devotion to the Lord Jesus. Please share them with others by reposting them in their entirety or by quoting the sections that spoke to you.
The Forgotten Cross
“But may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord . . .” Galatians 6:14
The Cross it is everywhere, on the guitars of country singers, around the neck of famous rappers. Encrusted with diamonds, it dangles from the ears of starlets and runway models. The Cross adorns buildings and living rooms. It sits on the shelves of gift stores for purchase. With all its visibility, the Cross has been forgotten.
Maybe it is because no one wants to be reminded of the reality that the price for taking up the Cross is pain and suffering. People would rather avoid its message and enjoy their way of life.
There is no encounter with the Cross without experiencing the weight of carrying it. He suffered for our sake. So we suffer for His life to be made known to others.
The Cross was never meant to be a fashion accessory. Or sign of good luck and wealth. The Cross was a raw, rugged, splintery instrument of execution. For Jesus, it was never a means to achieve renown; it was the doorway of redemption.
At the Cross, we come to both God and ourselves. We see the greatness and beauty of His love, in contrast with the commonness of His form. We see the hate and pain of His passion and, through the Cross, we learn to love Him all the more. In turn, we know ourselves, for what He suffers in the flesh, we experience in the Spirit.
He has born our infirmities, taken our stripes and endured the shame on our behalf. Seeing His tortured and mangled body on the Cross, we are reminded of our condition without Him.
To know Him in the Power of His resurrection is to see yourself as He is today, healed, whole and restored by love.
Contemplate the Cross and how His work has completed you.