Look at this cross.
How much weight do you think it could carry?
We know it carried the weight of a man. If you look at the cross you can see his head, his arms, and his legs. But do you see what is in the center?
Right there in the middle of the cross is the strongest and most overlooked part of the cross. It is more than the intersection of two boards. It is the heart of the cross. It is the heart of Jesus. It is the intersection of the path of the lost and the road of the redeemed. It is right there in the heart of a man who loved us so much that he was willing to be hung on a cross and die for us so that we could spend eternity in Heaven with his Father.
So when you look at this cross, see more than two boards. See more than the nails. See more than that blood that was shed for our sins.
Look at this cross and see Jesus’ arms that wrap around you in your best and worst moments. The moments when you feel hopeless. The moments when you feel thankful.
Look at this cross and see Jesus’ head with his face turned to Heaven as he prayed to his father, knowing that he was dying for you.
Look at this cross and see Jesus’ legs that carry the weight of not just my sin and your sin. But the sin of the entire world . . . on two little boards. All you have to do is lay that sin down at the cross.
You may have already given your life to Christ, but we all still carry baggage. Addiction, anger, lying, stealing, fear, anxiety . . . something that we have not yet been willing to give up. You know that the moment Christ came into you heart you were made new. You are not defined by the sins you carry around. You are a loved, redeemed, and forgiven child of God. So whatever sin you are still holding on to . . . even that secret sin that you think nobody knows about . . . now is the time to lay it down once and for all at the cross.
Jesus was nailed to the cross to cleanse us of our sins. He was the ultimate and final sacrifice for anything that comes between us and God. So what is still standing between you and God?
There is no sin too big or too small that can not be forgiven. All you have to do is be willing to let it go.
Romans 3:9, 10 says, “What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one.’”
1 John 1:8,9 says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
ALL unrighteousness. Even what you are still hanging onto right now.
Take a moment to think about what you need to nail to the cross. This is just between you and God, but we all have something to nail to this cross.
What is God laying on your heart right now? What is God saying that you’ve been holding on to for too long and that it is time to finally let go of?
Write it down. Get on your knees and pray. Do whatever you need to do right now to get that sin out of you, and confess it to God. There is nothing that you can say to Him that will make Him turn away from you. There is nothing that you can say to Him that He doesn’t already know. He is with you always, so he already knows everything you’ve done. But to be forgiven you must admit to him. You must take ownership of what you have done. Then the slate can be wiped clean. Nail it to the cross. Nail it to the cross, and do not pick it back up.
No matter how strong you think your sin is, this cross is stronger. The love of Christ is stronger. Whatever sin you are still carrying around, the forgiveness of God is stronger.
No matter how dirty you think your sin makes you, this cross can cleanse you.
Freedom from your sin is found in the intersection of those two boards.
Forgiveness is found in the heart of the cross . . . in the heart of Christ and the love of God, because this cross was built strong enough to carry it all.
Until next time . . .