Because of the Cross

by | Apr 4, 2021 | General, Holiday | 0 comments

Throughout this past week, we have been reminded of our Lord’s care and compassion.  We have heard His wisdom.  We have witnessed His power.  And we have been confronted with His love. 

Now what?

In light of His care and compassion, do we have any cause for fear?  Is there any reason worry should displace the peace and confidence that comes from knowing He cares for us?  Is there any reason we should allow the hurts caused BY man derail us when we have been cared for by the Creator OF man?  

In light of His wisdom, do we have any reason to doubt His dealings with us? Is there any cause to pout when we don’t get our way or when His answer is no or not yet?

In light of His power, do we have any need to tremble at what seems like the impossible?  

And in light of His love do we have any right to believe the enemy’s lies, or our own feelings, when they say “I am unloved”?

Truly, the cross and the resurrection change everything.

And because of the cross, because He said, “Yes,” for us, how can we not say, “Yes,” to Him?  “Yes, Lord, any time, any place, anywhere, for anything because You said, ‘Yes,’ first.  You said, ‘Yes,’ to the cross.  You said, ‘Not my will be done, but Yours be done.’”  If I lose sight of what Jesus said, “Yes,” to for me, I may be reluctant to say, “Yes,” to Him.  But with the cross and resurrection in view, we are reminded that He is who He said He is, He did what He said He would do, He keeps His promises, He is trustworthy, and He literally loves us to death.

In view of the cross, we realize that saying, “Yes,” to Him is really just saying, “Thank You,” with our lives.  For it’s all about Him, because of Him, by Him, and for Him.

“A dead Christ I must do everything for; a living Christ does everything for me.”  (Andrew Murray)

He’s done it all for me.  He’s done it all for you.  Now we just have the privilege of living for Him.

“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”  (Matthew 28:6a)

Thank you, Jesus, for having done everything for us!  Our  hearts are bursting in praise, gratitude, and awe.  May we continue to say with our words – and our lives – “thank You.”  

“Once Again” by Matt Redman:
Jesus Christ, I think upon your sacrifice
You became nothing, poured out to death
Many times I’ve wondered at your gift of life
And I’m in that place once again

Once again I look upon the cross where you died
I’m humbled by your mercy and I’m broken inside
Once again I thank you
Once again I pour out my life

Now you are exalted to the highest place
King of the heavens, where one day I’ll bow
But for now I marvel at your saving grace
And I’m full of praise once again

Thank you for the cross
Thank you for the cross
Thank you for the cross, my friend

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