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Reveal

The cross isn’t a revealing of your sin, it’s to reveal your value to God. For God so ‘loved’ the world He sent His Son!

Todd White

First of all, if you haven’t heard of Todd White, go now.

When you think of Jesus on the  cross what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? For me, it’s carnage. Bloody full-on gore. Not love.

But the Bible is clear that Jesus on the cross is love. Yeah, I didn’t think so either at first but there is was.

We know what true love looks like because of Jesus. He gave His life for us.

– 1 John 3:16a

There’s a word called kenosis, which is used for the idea of Jesus emptying himself. Check the link. It’s far too much for me to get into here. The self-emptying, self-giving God is what we see so painfully on display at Calvary. The God who gives himself in love for His creation.

The full picture of who God is is what we see on cross at Calvary. You have to look at little closer. There, through the blood and carnage, it is. There, through the labored breathing and mocking crowds, it is. There, in the cries from Jesus and the crying from his mother, it is.

Love.

Pure love.

Actual love. The kind you don’t see every day. The kind that when it comes along, you notice. You have to. It doesn’t force notice, but catches your eye and draws you in for closer inspection.

One of my favorite hymns is from Charles Wesley and speaks so beautifully to our need and Christ’s response.

He left his Father’s throne above
(so free, so infinite his grace!),
emptied himself of all but love,
and bled for Adam’s helpless race.
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free,
for O my God, it found out me!
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free,
for O my God, it found out me!

– Charles Wesley, And Can It Be That I Should Gain

Trust

Jesus said, ‘Whoever wants to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.’… This Scripture is not a call for the self-sacrifice of the disciples or the believer but a call to follow and trust in Christ and His work that He was about to accomplish on the cross… In the most practical sense, Jesus was saying… ‘You boys better stick me with Me; I know what I’m doing. Don’t go running off on your own and getting yourselves into trouble. Just trust Me!’

Benjamin Dunn, The Happy Gospel

The moment we take off on our own and leave the rest and ease that Jesus offers, we journey down the road of self-salvation. Don’t go down that road. It will not end well. But, really it’s not that we have to leave Jesus to start trying to save ourselves. All we have to do is put or accept undue burdens on our own shoulders.

What Jesus promised was an easy yoke and a light burden. What I’ve experienced has been weight, to-dos, and the condemnation of failing to succeed. Then one day I heard about His death that provided me grace.

Game-changer.

Life isn’t always easy. Count on it. But life with Jesus in control is better. Count on it. The bible says the God’s commands are not heavy, irksome, or grievous. His command is to simply believe in Jesus.

So, obey. Stick with Jesus. Trust that He has all this. Trust that He did it all.

Obey and Trust.

If it’s not easy and it’s not light, it’s not Jesus.

Elyse Fitzpatrick

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