Fresh Hope – Day 116

Today is yet another great opportunity to spend a few moments reflecting on the true meaning of Easter.

It is possible of course, that our understanding of the Cross is actually a mis-understanding.

Here are 3 meanings of the word ‘cross’, that help to keep us locked into the truth…

Firstly, if a cross appears on your school work, it means there’s SOMETHING WRONG.

Jesus died in our place because He looked and saw something wrong. Instead of just ignoring us and letting us carry on down the road to destruction, He sacrificed His own life for us, so that we can be forgiven and set free from our guilt and shame.

Secondly, when a cross appears at the end of a letter or email it means, I LOVE YOU.

The greatest act of love has got to be laying down your own life for someone. That’s exactly what Jesus did for you.

Thirdly, when you go to a polling station and enter that private booth, with a metre long piece of chain attached to a tiny pencil, you are asked to put a cross by the name of the person that you are voting for. In other words, the cross is saying… YOU MUST DECIDE.

Jesus’ part was to die for you, because He loves you.

Your part is now to decide what you are going to do about it.

Will you accept His love and forgiveness, or reject Him and carry on living life for yourself?

Today, I’m leaving you to ponder some of the most well-known verses in the Bible…

John 3:16-21 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.’

Pastor Mark

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