This particular pondering usually comes to me around Easter but I think any day is a good day to ponder the most important thing of my life. My Lord and the gift He gave to me and all others that want it.
Throughout my life I have often heard the term “coming to the foot of the cross” used. It is tossed around so easily that most do not take the time to really consider what it means. At first thought you may think it means believing Jesus is the way to eternal life. Now you would be correct but there is so much more.
When really contemplating the cross, one must contemplate Jesus and what He actually suffered when He made the choice to save humanity. He was beaten and humiliated, that’s for sure.That is only a flesh wound when compared to the rest.
When watching the movie Passion of the Christ I sob uncontrollably every time. I mean it is so bad my husband refuses to watch it with me because he can’t stand seeing me cry ever, let alone with great heaving shoulders. Really, it is that bad. Anyone know how hard it is to read subtitles while crying like that? Not sure if my kids are crying for me or Jesus but I have vowed to only watch it alone or with another crying mess like myself. I am not ashamed but I must be considerate of those around me.
The movie will never compare to what Jesus endured to save us. It only grazes the surface. We must ponder the weight placed on His shoulders. The weight of all sin and suffering because of sin for all time.
I know I have mentioned how I consider the weight of each sin to be like a brick. One brick isn’t that heavy but trillions upon trillions of bricks is unimaginable. I just can’t wrap my mind around it.
How strong and mighty is my Lord that He not only bore this weight but overcame it. His blood, the blood of the perfect Lamb that spilled that day so long ago washed me clean. He poured out the Spirit an ripped down the curtain so I can forever and always talk with Him. A piece of my God resides in my soul. He defeated death so I could have eternal life with Him.
That brings me to the foot of the cross. It reminds me that not only did Jesus die for me but he suffered the same pain I suffer. He felt the same sorrow and shame I have have felt. He did this because He loves me. He chose me. I make it personal because He made it personal. He did this for all of humanity. Even those that reject His gift. He paid their fine just as He paid mine.
So we are back to the foot of the cross. We have said that means believing Jesus is the son of God and the son of man. That is true but that is not what saves you. Even satan and his legion acknowledge that fact. Yet, they are not saved. They are damned. Belief is only a precursor to salvation for humanity.
So what is it? Simple. We acknowledge Him, we humbly ask His forgiveness, we swear our allegiance to Him and we serve Him. We literally lay ourselves at the foot of the cross and give ourselves to His will. Total submission. In return, because of His great mercy, we inherit eternity with Him. He stands council for us on the day of judgment. He paid our price on that cross and we our His. He leads us to victory after victory and we rejoice in him that loves us so much. We spend the rest of eternity in Him.
Wow! I mean wow oh wow!
Peace, love and God’s will.