The Lord Did Some Heavy Work

 

The Cross Was Heavy

I know what you’re thinking. “This is going to be another Easter post, blah blah blah.” Well, you’re right that it’s another Easter post, and I hope you don’t end up saying the “blah”‘s. I’m continually amazed at two things when it comes to the Easter season.

  1. How many people are adamant about discrediting the resurrection of Jesus Christ
  2. How amazing it was, is, and always will be that Jesus did what He did, and why He did it.

I can understand some levels of skepticism when it comes to the resurrection. The closest thing we have to comprehending the resurrection of Jesus is what we see on “The Walking Dead.” Now, stick with me here. I’m in no way likening the Savior of the world to a bunch of people who apparently have died and a virus has caused them to be an unstoppable force that is out to eat everyone. I’m just saying that the show is about the only thing that people who don’t believe in Christ point to when they talk about His resurrection. I always hear “Zombie Jesus Day” and other nonsense like that. This mindset comes from a misunderstanding about what happened. How do we thwart that thinking? Great question!

But first, remember, the cross is heavy.

Thwarting the Misunderstandings

What we all must understand and recognize, is that not everyone will believe in Jesus. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1:18 “For  the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” Until someone comes to the point where they understand that there is a need to be saved from sin, Jesus will always just be a dead guy who people sing songs about. But, to those of us who have recognition of the need for salvation, our strength and power are found in the message of the cross. We have to strive and continue to persevere through difficulties in life and go share the great and amazing news of who Jesus Christ is, and what He has done for us. Only through the power of the Holy Spirit will this happen.

It’s Amazing, really

Jesus gave it all so we could have it all. There is no gray area there when it comes to salvation. He didn’t give some so we could have some. It was a complete pouring out for a complete reception. This is heavy, but it’s also a glorious weight that Jesus bore. I am always blown away at the amazing grace that we receive from our Heavenly Father. I enjoy getting to do what I do because of the one who made it worth it all. I sometimes struggle with frustration, anxiety, concern, heartbreak, heartache, and all of those emotions that come with the territory in ministry. However, those are minuscule compared to the weight that Christ took on His shoulders. Therefore, it makes every single difficulty worth the energy because I’ve been given new life.

Press on, brothers and sisters. Pursue Jesus, pray that He hides us behind the cross so that He is seen through our lives.

Phillip Whitfield
Phillip Whitfield is a passionate follower of Jesus and a youth pastor, husband, father, and an all around nice guy! When he's not sun tanning on the beach in South Texas, he's studying to teach young people about Jesus and hoping to support parents in raising up their children in the ways of God so that they never depart from it!

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