The way of the cross is in direct contradiction to the way of the world. The world is all about comfort and self, the cross is all about dying to self and fulfilling the Will of God. This Easter season brings back memories of my surgery from only two months ago, where I willingly laid down on a table and let them strap my arms to the extensions that formed a cross, which allowed the doctors to pierce my side and rid my body of cancer. We all long for this kind of death to disease or heartache or despair, yet God calls us to put ourselves to death by taking up our cross and following Him. The cross we bear should be heavy enough to force us to focus on our great need for God and His strength to press on.
So often we minimize the cross to wall art or jewelry, but not the instrument of self death that it is intended to be. One commentator said to be careful of laying down your cross because you may get a heavier one next time. Rejoice that in Christ Jesus the flesh has been crucified and that we, through His blood sacrifice, have been set free from the bondage of sin. How many times do we continue in sin that God has given us the victory over because we do not claim the miracle of God’s grace that is greater than any sin? This is critically important to us being used by God to fulfill His will for our lives! We must believe that we are redeemed children of the King and joint heirs with Jesus through His death, burial, and resurrection. This new life in Christ is to be about His Kingdom and His Glory so that one day we may lay our crowns at His feet. The royal way is the way of the cross that daily crucifies the flesh and serves the King so that one day we can lay our crowns at his feet.
As you watch the video where we nailed to the cross a key sin that continues to plague us, ask yourself what sin do you need to crucify in order to be freed by God to serve your King! This video was shot at our monthly community fellowship in Bonton South Dallas. Please pray about joining us on a monthly basis. We pray God’s richest blessing for each of you this Easter season as we take up our cross and follow Jesus! He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!