The last couple of weeks, in preparation for Easter, I’ve been asking the question: What does the cross mean to you? I’ve asked everyone in our church…yes, it’s a fairly small church…but it was still a lot of people! Many of the answers were expected: salvation, forgiveness, sacrifice… good stuff. But some answers were a lot more personal: without Jesus’ death on the cross I would still be addicted to drugs, lost, without purpose. In the children’s department several little ones talked about how the cross makes them sad because Jesus was hurt on the cross while some of the others talked about Jesus understanding when they hurt because of the pain he felt on the cross. The senior men’s class pointed out that Jesus’ was our substitute on the cross, and there is no substitute for the cross. (Actually the conversation went more like “What does the cross mean to you?” “There is no substitute!”… “You’re wrong: Jesus was our substitute”… “No substitute, that’s what I said”… “No, Jesus was our substitute”…”What was that?”…”Jesus WAS our substitute!”… “Oh, well, that’s true, too.” Then I left them to continue their discussion while I moved to a class that could hear me better...)
Several people put a lot of thought into their answers. My daughter (9) asked me when I was going to ask her class my question because she had a really good answer. So I asked her “What does the cross mean to you?” “Well, since Jesus died on the cross and rose again, I know He can do ANYTHING!” She was right. It is a good answer. One lady who was abandoned by her family as a child, buried her husband at an early age, and her daughter just a year later answered: “No matter how bad things get in this life, Jesus will take us by the hand and lead us with love, comfort and strength.” I know that the cross means everything to her!
It has been so good thinking and reflecting on the cross this Easter season! Normally, I tend to be focused on programs & costumes, candy & cooking, new dresses and shoes to match…This year has been a lot more simple. Focus on the cross. What does it mean to me? Because of the cross not only am I saved from my sins and can look forward to spending eternity in heaven…it also gives me strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow! Thank You for the cross, Lord!
What does the cross mean to you?
Happy Resurrection Day! HE IS RISEN!