I cannot deny that I awoke this morning under a cloud to the sound of raindrops beating on the windows. Creation itself seemed to be weeping this Good Friday.
The cloud hovered over my head even as I went through my morning routine and on to shopping for the day.
Today we remember the price Jesus paid for all the ways we’ve missed the mark and fallen short of God’s perfection. He paid the price to reconcile us back to himself.
He had earlier told his disciples to “Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me.” I wonder if they thought that was just an expression! They weren’t thinking in literal terms back then.
Today, how can we take up our crosses and follow Jesus as we live out a ministry of reconciliation between God and those around us? What can we lay aside that has no eternal value, and what price are we willing to pay for the sake of others?
Crosses have splinters. They’re heavy. Carrying one can be exhausting.
Are we willing to carry our cross, following the example of our Savior who carried his (which he didn’t deserve at all)?
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