I am doing a 40 fast from Facebook, secular TV and secular music and spending that time in His word and prayer. I have learned so much over the last couple of months and I just can't get enough. I have been reading in John lately and I love reading the "red" which are the words of Jesus. I can sometimes picture myself there with them. It gives me chills.
Yesterday I decided to start watching the Passion of Christ even though I had seen it when it first came out but after finishing it today I saw it in a whole new light. I actually knew little things that were happening and knew what was going to happen.....I have grown as a follower so much since seeing that movie the first time. I was excited to watch and but extremely emotional. I don't think any of us fully grasp just what HE DID FOR US!
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Matthew 16:24
I was watching him drag that cross to where he would be crucified and I thought about the scripture above and how so many times we are taught to take up our cross daily and we don't! It's to hard, or we are uncomfortable, or embarrassed, or to busy.......you name the excuse we have it for not taking up OUR cross daily for Him!
There was Jesus beaten half to death.....bleeding.......tortured.....bruised......cut......in more pain than anyone could ever bare but He STILL got back up, picked up the cross and carried it because of our sins.
Simon may have borne the cross part of the way to Golgotha, but Jesus bore Simon’s sin!
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2
I thought about how Simon helped carry the cross some of the way for Jesus the same way that He can help us carry our cross. He wants to help us!
I thought about the crown of thorns they put on His head......think about it......imagine it.......how incredibly painful that was for Him. And Mary, his mother, who loved Him like we love our children......she watched all of this happen to her Son. Can you imagine how she felt? I can't stand to see my children struggle with anything so I can only imagine the pain and tears she had. She knew that her Son was dying for us.......sinners that don't deserve it but He loved us that much!
I watched as they stretched His arms out to nail Him to the cross and still torturing Him to the last minute but He cries out to the Father to forgive them........for they know not what they do!
And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. Luke 23:34
He prayed for the ones that tortured Him while dying for them! Do we pray for those that torture us? That hurt us?
If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. Matthew 5:46
How easy is it to love the ones that love us and treat us with kindness and compassion? Very easy. How easy is it to love those that are hard hearted? That reject us? That don't love us back? That are mean? Not easy........but the Lord commands us to do it!
He wants us to take up our cross and follow Him........