Pastor Darrin Ronde
March 8, 2016
This past Sunday we began a new series that will take us up to Easter. I’m calling it Cross Encounter, because the cross became a pivotal moment in the lives of individuals in the Bible. More than that, it has become life-changing for so many of us. We often say, “You had to be there!” when something memorable happens. But in this case, it’s fine that you weren’t, because Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” It’s been nearly 2000 years since Jesus died on the cross, and yet it still is impacting men and women, young and old, all around the world.
Some crosses are made to look polished, smooth or decorative. The cross that Jesus died on, however, was not like that at all. It was rough. It was splintered. It was stained with the blood of other men who had been executed. The cross was not pretty. It was brutal, reminding us what our sins did to Jesus. The crucifixion was an ugly and painful event. But the effects are beautiful! Through the cross we find forgiveness and healing! Such a contrast of our hearts and the heart of God! In the cross we clearly see the brutality of our sin and the beauty of God’s grace.
In spite of our rebelliousness and selfishness, God responded with grace, which means we don’t get the judgment and wrath we deserve. Instead, in sending Jesus to die on a cross in our place, He gives us a new lease on life. This message that was true then it still true today for all who trust in Him!