As we get closer to Good Friday, I have been thinking a lot about the cross. In the time of Jesus, the cross was the most brutal form of execution done by the Romans and it was a symbol of death and suffering. It was the most humiliating and agonizing capital punishment of the time, but Jesus took that rugged cross and transformed it into a symbol of hope!
And I don’t mean hope like you hope to go to Hawaii someday, but you know it might not ever happen. I am talking the kind of hope that fills your heart when you know that your sins have been forgiven and your soul is saved through the Blood Jesus shed for you on the cross! It is a hope that is secure by God’s grace through faith in His Son! A hope that brings joy, peace, and rejoicing!
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we not stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”
Hope beyond the grave!
Hope to see loved ones again!
Hope to live in perfect peace in Heaven where there will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain!
Hope to start another day!
Jesus defeated the brutality of the cross and turned it into a beautiful symbol of true hope! That when you believe in Jesus you cross over from death to life and that life is eternal in Heaven forever! That great salvation is available to everyone on earth by faith in Jesus! No matter who you are or what you have done, you can turn to the Lord and be saved!
“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
“for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
When I see a cross, it reminds me that Jesus defeated sin and death and I have great hope because of His forgiveness and love! It reminds me that death does not have the final word, Jesus does!
Have you crossed over from death to life? If your answer is no, I suggest taking another look at the cross and the true hope Jesus offers you.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”
1 Peter 1:3-5
“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”
Grace and peace to you all!
Please pray for Colorado today. My wife and kids are home today because all of the Denver metro area schools are closed due to a woman traveling here from Florida who made threats regarding shooting kids at our schools. The FBI and police are on a statewide search for her. She bought a shotgun yesterday, then disappeared into the Rockies. They said she is obsessed with the Columbine High School shooting (which happened 20 years ago on 4-20-1999) and she made threats about committing a similar attack on our schools. She came all the way from Florida to commit violence against our kids during the infamous anniversary of Columbine.
Coloradoans take these threats very seriously. I was in college when Columbine happened and I still remember all the people on campus who were standing around the campus TVs crying as they watched the footage. The next year I met a girl who had been in the shooting and she had bullet hole scars on her arms. Please watch the news about the woman they are looking for and call the FBI if you have any information about her. Please pray that they find her and pray protection over our kids and schools. I am glad they closed the schools and I’m glad my wife and kids are home safe. I will be enjoying spending time with them today. God bless you all!
News update this afternoon: The young girl from Florida was found deceased at the base of Mount Evans. We are praying for her family.