Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "O Come And Mourn With Me Awhile"1 (Lyrics)
Hebrews 9:26b-28a – But Christ came only once and for all time at just the right time to take away all sin by sacrificing himself. Just as everyone must die once and then be judged, so Christ was offered as a sacrifice one time to take away the sins of many people. (NCV)
For centuries, people have written about the cross, attempting to find words to describe the physical experience and the spiritual significance of the occasion. There are no words! Nevertheless, the determined, inferior mind of the human being continues to try to accomplish the impossible! Our Creator Father in His love for us accepts our feeble attempts and understands our limitations. God knows that we have a heart for Him that cannot be ignored. After all, He created us in His image; therefore, the Spirit within us must respond in some way to what we feel. Again, there are no words!
With our hands raised to the heavens, we shout, "Thank You, Jesus; Thank You, Abba Father! All worship, praise, honour, and glory be given unto You." With our face to the ground, we cry out, "Forgive us for being the cause for Your indescribable suffering and pain." Because God is holy, we cannot enter into His presence in our sinful state. Because God desires that we share a relationship with Him, there had to be a way of cleansing us from our sin. Jesus is the Way! He paid the price for sin when He shed His blood, suffered unbearable agony, and died for us. By God's grace and mercy, our sins are forgiven and our praise is accepted — miracle of all miracles! There are no words!
The cross represents great sorrow and great joy, combined with death and resurrection and life! What a tremendous story we have to share with the world!
John 3:16-17 – This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. (MSG)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, as we express our thanks for what the cross means to us, may we be consumed with the urgency of sharing Your message of love with all whom You are calling to be Your children. In the holy name of Jesus, we pray. Amen!