22. Remember the Cross - 1 Corinthians 1:18
1 Corinthians 1:18 -For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved.
The other day I was reading in the Bible about Jesus in the garden on the night of his betrayal. I discovered a verse that I have heard a thousand times but it hit me with new meaning. “Being in anguish, He prayed more fervently, and His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground” (Luke 22:44). How can any stress or anguish I bear be greater than what my savior experience before and during the cross? It can’t compare.
Jesus bore the cross for all the sins of the world. God is light and there is no darkness in him at all (1 Jn 1:5). So when Jesus took on all our sins he became estranged from God. He bore our sins all alone.
When I think of the cross I am strengthened and my troubles fade. If my savior can bear the load of the world than I believe he will help me carry my load. I believe that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is the cross of Jesus. I when I remember the cross I am compelled to get on my knees and say, “Thank-you, Jesus.”
I never met Verna Thomas of McGehee, Arkansas. But I know a poem that she wrote that has inspired millions of people to think and look to the cross in their times of trouble and in peace. The title of the poem is “The Cross in My Pocket”.
I carry a Cross in my Pocket
A simple reminder to me
Of the fact that I am a Christian
No matter where I may be
This little Cross is not magic
Nor is it a good luck charm
It isn't meant to protect me
From every physical harm.
It's not for identification
For all the world to see
It simply is an understanding
Between my Savior and me
When I put my hand in my pocket
To bring out a coin or a key
The Cross is there to remind me
Of the price He paid for me.
It reminds me too, to be thankful
For my blessings day by day
And to strive to serve Him better
In all that I do and say.
It is also a daily reminder
Of the peace and comfort I share
With all who know my Master
And give themselves to His care.
So, I carry a Cross in my pocket
Reminding me, no one but me
That Jesus Christ is Lord of my life
If only I'll let Him be.
May God bless you today as you look to the cross during your times of anguish and remember that Jesus Christ bore that cross and all our sins so that we could have the hope of eternal life.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Savior Devine; I want to thank you for your grace and forgiveness which was extended to me through your Son Jesus who bore all my sin and sorrow on the cross. Help me to extend forgiveness in the same way. Help me to find strength in his suffering when my load becomes heavy and hard to bear. I love you, Lord. You are my rock, my strength, and my shelter. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!