The Choice of the Cross

Today in the Christian world we’re honoring Good Friday, the day Jesus died on the cross for our sins. It’s not exactly a happy day, if there was another way for Jesus to fix things that we messed up that didn’t require him to die I’m sure He would have taken it. But for many reasons it was the way things had to be. And so every year we take time to remember the pain that Jesus went through for us.

Many people question why we adorn our homes and places of worship with crosses and talk so much about Jesus’ death. Yes, it’s to bring home exactly how big of a screw-up we are and what it took to rescue us. Yes, it’s about the really big sacrifice that Jesus chose to make on our behalf. But it’s more than that, the cross is only a symbol of the beginning, a symbol of hope for the future for us.

While he probably would have preferred it, Jesus didn’t come to earth hoping for a different ending; Jesus made the choice to come even knowing His purpose on earth was to live, love, teach, die and be reborn. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to know you were born to die.  But the reason that Jesus was able to accept that was because He knew that the cross wasn’t the end, the cross was the beginning of a very different ending for each and everyone of us who chose to accept Him as Lord and Savior.  So He willingly came and died, only to be reborn victorious 3 days later.

So what will you choose today? Will you have hope that your present isn’t the full reason you’ve been born? Will you bank on someone who knows what the future holds or will you continue to believe a better future?

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