April 09, 2012
The Bloom of the Cross
It's the day we are reminded that Jesus has taken our crosses...our burdens, our failures, our sin...and nailed them to the cross. It's the day we are reminded that because of Jesus' resurrection, we have new life, a beautiful life.
Jesus has taken the ugly cross of our sin and failure and replaced it with beauty and life. Real life. Joyful life. Life with meaning and purpose.
Yesterday our church came to the front of the sanctuary and placed carnations upon the cross of failure that we created last week. What was once a cross of thorns and ugliness became a cross of velvet beauty.
That's what Christ does for each and every one who believes in Him. He takes our failure and sin and turns it into success and beauty. He transforms us, loving us into becoming a person for His glory. A person of beauty. A person of joy. A person who oozes God's love.
What has the bloom of the cross done for you? Are you experiencing His transforming power or are you struggling under the weight of the thorny cross?