The Wonder of the Cross

Growing up in a Christian home is a wonderful thing, but sometimes it can be easy to forget the incredible wonder of the cross. You grow up hearing that Christ died on the cross to save you from your sins a couple of hundred times in your short life and it just becomes a memorized fact rather than a life changing reality. I'm still so guilty of that, but God has been freshly reminding me once again of the incredible beauty of the cross.

Just think of it! Jesus Christ, the Son of God, left His perfect home in Heaven where all was right, He left His beautiful throne to come down to this world and give us an example of how to live. This was a choice. Jesus did not have to come. After all, we certainly didn't deserve it. We were a filthy mess, living lives full of sin and evil and yet He still chose to come.

The fact that Jesus came to this earth to live among us is mind boggling enough but that He actually endured being mocked, tortured and dying on a cross while here? Wasn't leaving His throne and condescending to come and teach us enough? He could have just done that and gone back to His Father. Why did He stay when we started to rebel and turn our backs on Him? He had already done so much for us, but He didn't stop there. He went through cruel torture and pure humiliation for us. Think of it this way. The very things He created were mocking Him, belittling Him and beating Him and what did He do? What did He say? Nothing. He just bore it. Wouldn't you think that would be enough to make Him give up and go back to His Kingdom? Not for Him. He loved us too much to just leave us in our mess. He was willing to give His very life for us, though we were worthless and full of sin.
He didn't just stop there, though. Not only did He leave His throne to dwell with us, not only did He pay the highest cost and give His life for us and endure separation from His Father. He could have stopped there and it still would have been incredible but He went even further and adopted us as sons and daughters. Though we hated Him, though we rebelled and though we cost Him everything He still desires to be our Father and have a relationship with us! He has given us free access into His throne if grace, He has set us free from sin and condemnation, He has given us the promise of eternal life in His presence, in His own Kingdom! Us, the very people that sent Him to a grave. How can this be? I won't ever understand! Words like grateful fall so short in light of all that He has done. Is He not worthy of all that we are? In exchange for such love and sacrifice can we not give Him all that we have? Even that doesn't seem enough but that is all that He desires in return. We'd be fools not to give up the little we have for all that He offers us.

"Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all."

"I stand amazed in the presence if Jesus the Nazarene and wonder how He could love me, a sinner condemned, unclean. How marvelous! How wonderful! And my song shall ever be: How marvelous! How wonderful! Is my Saviors love for me."

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