Celebrate The Cross

Easter Week is upon us and so much to celebrate meets us this week doesn’t it? We’ve just welcomed our Lord as a gentle King riding on a donkey, as he comes still today, ever so gently, to enter into the hearts of his people ~ to bring Hope, peace, love and salvation to needy souls.

This week now, we’ll nail Him to that outstretched and unbearable cross and pierce Him with a guilt that He knew nothing of in His own personal life. So sinless, spotless, and pure, The lamb of God became our perfect sacrifice, given over to death by His own Father to save the world! Our sin did it and He was willing to take it for the time, just only for us. A grace so great, a mercy so deep, and a love so unconditional it may make us blush with thoughts of it. And So the thing is ~ that scandalous cross of blood shed, becomes beautiful to us, and is still today something to celebrate as it stands for our freedom from death. So yeah, let’s celebrate the cross, and this gentle King who took the death penalty for us. The perfect One who knew no wrong, yet He died covered in ours only to make us right and clean and justified and whole before a Holy God that couldn’t look upon us in our wretchedness! Yeah, so we celebrate the beautiful cross, but we don’t leave it there because this week too, we go on and we move from the cross to see the tombstone, the grave where He laid and then beautiful souls, we see the empty grave, and the victory over death that is ours too in Christ.

Victory In The Cross

Yeah, When the grave couldn’t hold Him and when death couldn’t win, the enemy lost the war and Our King’s victory became our victory! So as we move through this week, this holy week of Easter, take time to look to the cross! While you’re there, kneel at the foot of it and let your heart cry out a big thank you to the One who died there with loving arms outstretched for you and for the world that He loved so unconditionally. Be sad for a moment but then let your brokenness be healed in the hope that is ours now, with His death and resurrection sealing our salvation as believers of Jesus! Oh we do have a lot to celebrate don’t we? Let’s not overlook this powerful, holy week! Let’s see it for the victory and the hope that it brings into our lives today, right now and at this moment. Christ Ones ~ Without the cross of Christ, where would we be?

What a victory He gave us, when death couldn’t defeat Him. Ponder it! Think on it! Saturate yourself in the grace of it! Bask in the mercy of it! Be thankful for the forgiveness in it as we walk through the week.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices His life for the sheep.”
John 10:11

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The Cross And Beyond

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So today ~ for all the anxiety pulling at your heart and nipping at your heels, shake it off! Rise above it! Float over it! It’s a weight that you can not carry and a burden that you can not bear! These hard place are not yours to think about for their only pot holes that trip you up and block you in your journey on life’s way.  Anxieties steal your hope, rob your joy and take your peace.  So beautiful soul, Shake them off!

Look today to the gift of the cross!  That horrendous place of agonizing death and blood shed on that Calvary hill where our Lord took our place and freed us from the oppression of sin and all that goes with it in this life.  Look to the cross and celebrate that scandalous event of blood shed, and know that it was all for us, for our forgiveness and for our freedom from the bondage that has us so anchored down. Go on ~ celebrate the cross of Christ for what it is and what it means to our wretched, beautiful souls, but then look beyond its agony to see its beauty and the hope of heaven that it brings to those of us who believe. Ah yes, beautiful one, those anxieties, those hard places, those difficult steps of the day, are all part of this sinful life but not to be handled by us. So give them to the one who did the difficult for us and carried the cross!  To the One who handled the cross and managed the rejection, the pain, and the ultimate death at the hands of human brutality. Jesus is He who died selflessly and conquered death and sin and shame and ~ beyond death, rose to victor over it! It’s glorious isn’t it? So you see, we win! We do, you and I! We’re the winners over the rough spots, over the sin, over the snares, over the pot holes, over the hopelessness. The anxieties? God holds them in safe keeping for you. He’ll lock them up and work them out. He offers a scenic detour around all of that stuff and beautiful soul, it’s a beautiful view. One that you don’t want to miss. So today, Look to the cross, but then beyond it, look to its beauty; that of the hope of eternity and press on keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus the author of our faith!
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Hebrews 12: 1, 2, 3

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