I wandered into a conversation the other day that hit me like a ton of bricks!! I was at work and had just stepped into the back room and into a conversation some co-workers were having. They were talking about a man who was having an affair and was buying gifts for his mistress and being all secretive and all that… then one of them made the comment “I don’t know how he can keep doing that…” referring to carrying all the deceit and lies; she continued, “… but that’s his cross to bear.”
… his cross to bear.
Those words hit me like a ton of bricks!
Everyone looked at me as if they could sense the wind had been knocked out of me.
Then something rose up in my spirit. Something I liken to the feeling I get when protecting my children. Instinct. Love. Compassion. Protection of something or someone I value and treasure…
Suddenly these words shot from my spirit and out of my mouth, “Well then he’s carrying the wrong cross!!” I continued, “…because the cross I carry is light! It’s covered in love and peace and joy and freedom… TRUTH! All the good fruits…”
I then made my way back out to the sales floor as I chewed on the conversation.
…his cross to bear.
I thought about how often I have heard this statement. It’s commonly used when referring to the weight and junk of the world that we carry on our shoulders? I can understand the tendency to say this… when we think of the crucifixion we picture Jesus carrying a heavy cross on His back as He was beaten and mutilated. We then quote the scripture that says, “…If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me,” (Luke 9:23 ESV).
I love what Billy Graham says in reference to this verse, “In Jesus’ day, a cross wasn’t just a symbol of pain and suffering; it was mainly a symbol of death. What Jesus was telling them is that they needed to put to death their own plans and desires, and then turn their lives over to Him and do His will every day,” Billy Graham.
It would seem we have come to think that because Jesus carried a big heavy cross as He suffered that we are also to carry a big heavy cross and suffer and agonize daily for Jesus… but we are missing the point entirely!!!! Jesus didn’t carry that cross and suffer and die so we too would have to carry a heavy load and suffer and live in agony… NO! The opposite is actually the Truth – Jesus carried a big heavy cross, suffered and died so that we would never have to! So that we could be FREE! And have eternal life with Him! He was saving us from that very thing which we seem to put back on ourselves and we slap a label on it calling it, “the cost for following Christ”.
This doesn’t mean we are not going to face stuff in this world… In John 16 Jesus was talking to his disciples and explaining what coming. He closes His message with the following, “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world,” (John 16:33 NIV).
What it means is that we walk in what Jesus paid for.
We can live from a place of peace and victory knowing the ruler of this world has no power over us because of what Jesus did on the cross!
Things like shame, guilt, depression, bondage, etc. have no hold on us! Jesus bore all that junk upon Himself as He was nailed to the cross!! And then that stuff died with Him when He died! And when He rose from the dead His resurrection represents the NEW LIFE we have in Christ!! Death to the filth of this world and LIFE to all the good stuff Jesus paid for – Love, Peace, Joy, Freedom, etc! All the good fruits! That is the cross I carry daily!! That is the cross I take up daily as I follow Christ as His surrendered vessel, denying myself and following Him!
I leave you with these awesome Truths from God’s Word:
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me,” Galatians 2:20 NIV”
Jesus says to us, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light,” (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV).
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved, “ Ephesians 2:4-5.”
Thank you Jesus for the Cross! Thank you for what you did for us on the Cross! Thank you for baring my sin upon yourself and paying the ultimate price once and for all and taking away the sin of the world! Let me gaze ever upon you and what you have done for me! Let my gratitude never run out! I love you Lord Jesus! Amen.We can live from a place of peace and victory knowing the ruler of this world has no power over us Click To Tweet