I've been thinking all day, on this Good Friday, about the cross. By going to the cross, Jesus chose humility, submission, and dying to self. He set the example for us of how to walk through our trials. If I have the same attitude, He can help me walk through whatever comes my way. He can give me "grace to suffer" just as the Father gave to Him.
I shared worship with Floyd today - thanking Jesus for the cross. He had "blinks" of agreement and tears of gratitude as we worshipped. At the cross, all our wounds of sin are forgiven. Our emotional needs of guilt, anger, hurt, pain, and discouragement are healed at the cross. There is comfort through what Christ suffered for us for our tragedies, our suffering. He will meet our every need at the foot of the cross! There is nothing we face that can't be met by Jesus at the cross. Thank you, dear Lord, for the cross.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son....." John 3:16
"He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By His wounds you are healed." 1 Peter 2:24
"He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed." Isaiah 53:5
"Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?' " Matthew 27:24-26
"Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit." John 19:30
"Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God." 1 Peter 3:18
I could never thank Jesus enough for His death on the cross - but I can live my life for Him as an offering of worship to Him for what He's done. I'm so very, very grateful for the cross.