Journey to the Cross
“Jesus journeyed to the cross to give his life. We journey to the cross to find life!” These words have gripped me over the past month as we have been preparing for Easter. They have been the foundation of our Sunday morning sermons from the Gospel of Mark, as we have taken a look at the days immediately before the crucifixion of Jesus. I am grateful to our Worship Pastor, Andrew Lewis, who put these words to music so that we have been able to sing about this journey to the cross each week.
Jesus willingly went to the cross so we can have life. My prayer is that you know this life. It is only found in Jesus and in his forgiveness provided through His sacrifice for us on the cross. I pray that as we celebrate Easter Sunday on April 21, you will be reminded of this amazing gift God has given us. Perhaps you need to go on a journey of remembering what Jesus has done for you, remembering how you came to know and to follow Jesus. And maybe this journey of remembrance will bring you to a point of greater love for Jesus and service to God and others because of that love.
The world around us needs to see this love. Our friends, family, acquaintances, and all those whose paths we cross day to day, need to see and hear about what Jesus had done for us and for them. I pray that our journey to the cross will find its way into our daily conversations as we simply give recognition to how much our Lord has done for us. As we approach Easter Sunday, will you share Jesus with someone? Will you begin the conversation about what He has done for you? Will you share with someone what Jesus has done and wants to do for them? Will you invite someone to join you for Easter worship?
Maybe you need to go on this “journey to the cross” for the first time. Maybe as we approach Easter and the celebration of the resurrection, the message of the cross will make a difference for you – an eternal difference – as you realize that Jesus went to the cross for you! In Jesus we find real life. Through His death and resurrection, we find real life! This journey to the cross is not an end, it is a beginning. The beginning of living and learning about the life we find in Jesus! Join in on the journey!