For me, it stands out. Grabs my attention.
But I started to explore what it looks and feels like to be overwhelmed by God’s love.
In pondering this, I asked myself some questions – Do I fully understand the message of the cross? Do I fully understand what Jesus did at Calvary? And then, does it resonate within my soul – does it stir something within me?
It’s a difficult message to grasp and to remind ourselves of, but when we stand in front of a Holy, Almighty God, we are stripped of all our credits, all the things that we have claimed ourselves as righteous for, and we are left with nothing but brokenness. Left with nothing but our failures and mistakes. We fallen short of God’s glory.
Yet God chose to love us. He chose to die for us.
You see, so often the cross is portrayed wrongly. The cross of Jesus was never a gold, clean, sparkling image that you see hanging around people’s necks and on church walls. The reality is, that it was a messy, bloody, place of torture and pain. It was horrific.
And yet – Jesus suffered for the sake of you and me.
In Deuteronomy, it even tells us that ‘You are his treasured possession.’
Guys – God values you. God values you for who you are. The real you. He’d search you out.
Greg Boyd shared – ‘We are as loved in our crap as we are when we are free from it. And until you accept that, you will never escape the crap!’
It amazes me that the very same God who created the earth, the heavens, the stars, who holds every molecule together and every planet in place – This very same God who raised Jesus from the dead, is interested in you and me and has us on his priority list! Wow.
So back to my question – Do you fully understand the message of the cross? Do you fully understand what Jesus did at Calvary? And then, does it resonate within your soul – does it stir something within you?
Because when we sit at the foot of the cross – an act of overwhelming love – we are struck by his grace and forgiveness.
There is no greater love than calvary love. No greater love than Jesus on the cross. No greater love of a Holy God who invites us into eternal life with him.
And friends, that invitation is for me and for you. Awesome, Awesome God.