Going Back to The Cross – April 28, 2019

2019-04-28     

Going Back to The Cross

but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 1 Corinthians 1:23

A European village priest in medieval times told his congregation, ‘Come back tonight for a special sermon about Jesus.’ And they did. To their surprise, however, no candles illuminated the sanctuary. They groped their way to the pews and sat down. The priest was nowhere to be seen. Then they heard him walking through the church towards the front. When he reached the cross that hung on the wall, he lit a candle. And without saying a word he illuminated the pierced feet of Christ, then His side, then one hand, then the other. Raising the candle, he shed light on the blood-masked face and the crown of thorns. Then with a puff he extinguished the candle and dismissed the congregation. Nothing more needed to be said. Take the words ‘Christ crucified’, and add the words ‘for me’, and you’ll understand what God did when He hung His sinless Son on that cross. Had you been the only person who ever lived, Christ would have died for you. With His arms stretched wide, He was saying, ‘This is how much I love you.’ When you’re tempted to sin, when you’re guilt-ridden by sin, when Satan whispers, ‘There’s no hope for you,’ when pride would have you focus on your own virtue and morality, go back to the cross. You can’t go there too often. Hymnist Isaac Watts sums it up in these words: ‘Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were an offering far too small; love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.’

Prayer
Heavenly Father, help me daily remember what You have done for me on the cross! Thank You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen

3 comments

  1. I don’t understand why you have stopped using proper English by no longer using paragraphs in your devotions. The “new” format is MUCH more difficult to read, and to understand.

    I hope you will go back to using proper format.

  2. Brother Tim, while I am getting used to your new format, I am finding the lighter print more and more difficult to read on my screen. I know it is probably my issue, but tho’t I’d mention it

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