The Cross

Read: Matthew 27:27-61

As we enter into what is called “Holy Week” next week it would be beneficial for us to reflect on what the cross of Christ means for us. It is much more than a symbol that hangs in the front of churches or around peoples necks. It is the reason that we are saved from the sins of this world. From our sins.

This week the reading from Matthew has more verses than normal but I would encourage you to read them. In all of history this passage is the most incredible account of God’s ultimate love for each of us. He gave his only Son as a sacrifice for our sins. As you remember that in this week ahead here are some other quotes by well known believers about the cross.

“This only we may be assured of, that if tomorrow brings a cross, He who sends it can and will send grace to bear it.”
– J.C. Ryle

“Jesus said on the cross “It is finished.” (Luke 19:30)
What that means is that salvation is “Something outside of
myself. Something with which I had nothing to do. I add nothing to it. I take nothing away. I just receive it as a gift from my Lord. And the rest of my life is spent, not in working for my salvation, but the rest of my life is spent in
praise and gratitude and love for what Jesus has done for me.”
– W.A. Criswell

“There is no situation so chaotic that God cannot from that situation, create something that is surpassingly good. He did it at the creation. He did it at the cross. He is doing it today.”
— Handley C. G. Moule

Thank You Jesus for what you have done for me! For us! For all those who call on you as their Lord and Savior and believe in you. This gift of love and sacrifice is incredible, let’s celebrate that and be thankful for it!

Make it personal: Read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion this next week and allow the accounts of the various Gospel writers to help you reflect on what Jesus has done for you. Then pray and give him thanks!

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church