I guess this is as good a time as any to blog. It’s the most special week for Christians all over the world and yesterday was “Good Friday”.
I’ve been thinking a lot this week and it seems my thoughts just keep falling on the cross.
What does it all mean? I’m not here to give a sermon (although I know many people who wish I would) Lol! Y’all have to come to church on Sunday for that. Today I’m just thinking out loud.
So there I was thinking about the cross when I stumbled on this documentary THE CROSS (the Arthur Blessitt story)
about The man who carried a 12 foot cross around the world for the last 48 years.
He has carried that 12 foot cross into every nation of the world.
He is even listed in the Guinness World Records for the world’s longest walk.
Now the most intriguing part for me about this story is not necessarily the fact that he’s carried a physical cross that is twice the height of my husband….at least for his own good I hope he’s at least 6 feet tall. Or the fact that he’s been to every nation of the world (that alone is a great feat) but I think the biggest thing for me is the message of the cross that he’s carried all over the world.
Did you know that Jesus said in Matthew 16:24 …“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” history tells us that Luke was the most detailed of all the disciples and in his version of this story he says that Jesus said …Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (luke 9:23) he even went as far as telling us this
And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:27
Doesn’t this give you concern? I mean am I really expected to drag a 12 foot cross everywhere I go? Errrrr…I don’t think so. Not quite sure that’s what Jesus had in mind. Do I hear you say abeg abeg Jesus has done it all. You these preachers don’t come and give us work. We are under grace.
Oh! Trust me I totally agree but I think the reason that thought would flash through your mind is because you consider “the cross” a burden or a heavy load. I beg to differ. I totally disagree. I hear too many people say with “self-pitying pride ” or while exhibiting symptoms of martyr syndrome say “what will I do na? It’s my cross. I will bear it.”.
As if your being punished by being in a bad marriage, terrible relationship, having health issues would in anyway glorify God or benefit humanity. My sister that’s why I know that’s not what Jesus meant.
There has to be more.
It also doesn’t add up if he says in Matthew 11:28 -30
For me that means the cross doesn’t have to be a symbol of a heavy burden. It doesn’t have to be a difficult situation. I believe what made Jesus sweat drops of blood as he prayed in anguish that the cup would pass over him wasn’t the weight of the cross he had to carry. If the weight of the wood was pivotal to our salvation. If the weight of the wood was important I don’t think he would have allowed Simon the Cyrene to help him. That would make him assistant saviour wouldn’t it?
No it wasn’t the wight of the cross that caused Jesus such pain but the death that he would have to face. A gruesome disgraceful death that would leave him unrecognizable.
The shameful death that was reserved for thieves and murderers.
The kind reserved for us… for the wages of sin is death and we are All guilty. All have sinned.
satan had legal right to us to do with us as he pleased since great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great great (I’m sure you get the picture…) grand pa Adam and great great great great great great (no I’m not going to do that to you again lol) grandma Eve sinned and handed over to satan. So his plan basically was to mess us all up. Make us miserable, sick, poor and after killing us make sure we end up with him in hell but Jesus was having none of that.
I don’t know about you but I’m truly grateful I don’t have to go through that horrible plan that the enemy had. I’m grateful that me and my generation get to ride Simply on the wings of grace. On Christ’s finished work.
So every time I see a cross it means more to me than a heavy load. It speaks to me of dying to self. Whenever I see a picture of Arthur Blessitt I ask myself would I be willing to follow Jesus no matter the cost? If it meant loss of friends? Family? Reputation? I consider people who are persecuted for their faith and I ask myself do I love Jesus this much? To go where ever he sends me? To do whatever he asks me even if it makes me feel uncomfortable? Or dare I say makes me look foolish?
Please note that Jesus may never ask these things of me (thankfully) but if he did Would I be willing? Would you?
Maybe for some of us he asks a “smaller” thing like apologising even when you know you are not wrong or telling a total stranger about Jesus or refusing to take a bribe at work or telling that boy you are crazy about that you can’t have sex with him…No! Not because it’s a bad time and you are not ready but because you are a Christian and Sex before marriage is a sin and doing it would disappoint Jesus. Or maybe it’s to forego that new pair of shoes you were going to buy and pay someone’s hospital bill. Hmmmm….
It’s about putting Jesus above all else.
I was studying recently on the message of the cross and I honestly love how max Lucado puts it:
“The cross: Can you turn any direction without seeing one? Engraved on a ring or suspended on a chain? The cross is the universal symbol of Christianity.
An odd choice, don’t you think? It’s strange that a tool of torture embodies a movement of hope. Its design couldn’t be simpler. One beam horizontal, the other vertical. One reaches out, like God’s love. The other reaches up, as does God’s holiness. One represents the width of his love; the other the height of his holiness. The cross is the intersection. The cross is where God forgave his children without lowering his standards.
Jesus receives the blow. And since Christ is between you and God, you don’t. The sin is punished, but you are safe—safe in the shadow of the cross!
From On Calvary’s Hill
It is how you share Jesus with the world. It is your voice, your poem, your success in business, your grades in school. It is your way of showing the world that we have a God who loved us even when we were not worthy
and his name is Jesus.
So whether you are Arthur blessitt with a 12 foot cross
No matter the size of your cross. Wear it well.
Go all out for him. He did the same for you.
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