I am sure I had seen a cross sometime during my 40 years without God. I used to spend lots of time browsing in Hallmark stores.
Usually, the “religious” cards are kept on the end of an aisle. Though I never read the inside of any cards in that section, surely the Easter symbol was posted in plain sight in the store.
What about the crosses that sit atop of churches?
Did I look up at those before I believed God is real?
The thing is, when you have no reason to seek the Cross, you don’t notice it. I get that.
If you are here today, wondering what all the fuss is about the Cross this Easter, I would like to help.
The Cross does mean something. It is not just two lines or two pieces of wood. It is not just a pendant on a necklace.
Most people have heard of God, even if they don’t know or believe in Him.
God is Our Father, Our Creator. God is the only true Living God, but He does not act alone.
God is part of the Holy Trinity. All that means is God is a three in one God. (if you are confused, it is ok, just keep reading).
God the Father + one Son named Jesus + God’s Spirit (Holy Spirit) = One True Living God.
Each part is perfectly equal with the other two. (Don’t think math, think about a love like you have never known before).
God’s Son Jesus is the baby we celebrate at Christmas.
Jesus is God but became a human so we could come to know Him.
Jesus lived on the earth for 33 years over 2,000 years ago. He grew up in a family with a mom and a dad and siblings. At age 30, Jesus began telling the world why He came. It wasn’t just to give us a cute baby story at Christmas.
God sent Jesus to become everything we have done that has offended God (including but not limited to our addictions, our lies, our crimes, our shameful thoughts, our mistreatment of others, and on and on).
God sent Jesus to die on the wooden Cross and pay the price for all our offenses to God.
These offenses are called sin. From the beginning of time, God required blood pay for sin. Until Jesus on the Cross, people sacrificed animals to pay for their sins to our Holy, Loving, All-powerful God.
The Cross at Easter is important for all people, everywhere. It is amazing.
John 3:16 is a Bible verse that tells about the Cross, even though the actual word is not used:
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son (to die), that whoever believes in Him shall not perish (die) but have eternal life (live forever).
Jesus, in His human body, was nailed to and hung on a wooden Cross. Yes, He felt the pain. Yes, He bled. Yes, He gasped for air as it becomes very difficult to breathe in that position. Two other men hung on crosses next to Him. Crucifixion was a death penalty given to criminals by the Roman Empire. Jesus took the penalty, both from the Romans’ perspective and God’s.
Every sin, every offense to God was laid upon Jesus. His blood paid the price for all our sin, past, present and future. Every single mistake or ugly thing you did in life. Paid for. You are loved and forgiven. I told you, it is amazing.
Jesus’s body was removed from the Cross after He stopped breathing. His dead body was laid in tomb. A huge, too-heavy-to-carry stone was put in front of the tomb. The Romans did not want anyone to steal Jesus’ body.
Remember, Father God who knew Jesus had to die, who knew also that Jesus would come back to life. Jesus, the Son of God, was resurrected and left the tomb on Sunday morning. You may have heard Easter be called Resurrection Sunday.
It is all because Jesus lives, just as God and Holy Spirit live, that we can become children of God.
At the Cross, Jesus died for all.
Sunday morning, out of the tomb, Jesus rose for all, for all who would believe in Him. It is a miracle that Jesus rose from the dead. In doing so, He lives today and still calls us to the Cross to receive His powerful love and forgiveness.
Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God – children not born of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God (John 1:12-13).
Jesus is the Living Son of God, who will never become human or die again for us. Jesus lives. He prays for you to Father God; He works with the Holy Spirit to help you never feel alone. Jesus Himself is preparing a room in heaven for you. Once you become a child of God, you spend eternity with our One True Living God (Father+SonJesus+Holy Spirit).
Me? I cannot wait to see Jesus face to face, when all my worries and illness and earthly work will be done. Before I believed, I would have gone to hell after death. Yes, hell is real, too. But now that I believe, I am only here on earth for a short time compared to forever with Jesus.
One sacrifice of His human but holy body, killed to pay for our sin, means (if we believe)we have been made right in the eyes of God. God loved us first. We know this because He made us! God loves you SO much He sent Jesus to die so that you could be right with God.
All you need to do is believe in your heart that Jesus is the Son of the Living God and that He died for your sin, and that He rose again out of that tomb, inviting you to be with Him for all time.
If you believe with your heart, then profess with your mouth:
“Jesus, I believe You are the Living Son of God who died to save me in the eyes of God. I invite you into my heart. I want You, Jesus, to be Lord and Savior of my life. I want to understand more of who You are, so I can become like You and help others know You.”
If you don’t believe yet, that’s ok. It is a big decision to make with your heart. You see, since we didn’t get to meet Jesus face-to-face, we choose to believe by faith all of who God is and what He says is true.
If you have any questions about the Cross, about Jesus, about God … about anything written in this post, please email me. I walked where you walked before. Belief in God is life-changing. The love you realize you were missing is astounding. I think I walked on “cloud 9” for the first year I believed. I just had never felt so wanted, so loved, so NOT alone.
My email is email@example.com. I am here to listen and to help.
If you are a believer reading this, please share.
P.S. All photos in this post are from Pixabay.com.
Love in Him,