Stuck on the Cross
Lately my four year old daughter has been stuck on the cross. Ok, not a physical cross, of course, but she’s become stuck on the concept of the cross of Christ. We have read about the trial of Jesus and the subsequent harsh treatment, ending with the cross, more than any other story out of her children’s Bible in recent nights. She talks back to me while I am reading too…“But He didn’t do any bad things. Why did they say that He did?”, her voice shaky with her distress.
My mommy-heart loves that she is trying to figure this whole thing out. I realize it will be a while until she REALLY understands that Christ became the substitution for each of our sins, that He did for her what she would never have been able to do for herself.
What gets me the most though is when she will bring it up at random moments, like while we are out doing yet another round of errands. Suddenly a little voice will call out from the backseat, ”Mom, is Jesus still doing great things today?”
Oh, sweetheart, He sure is!
And I have to wonder, if I spent more time thinking about the cross, thinking about Jesus at work in my life, watching closely to see the great things that He is up to…how would it change my perspective on what I am walking through right now?
“When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross.” (Colossians 2:13-14 The Message)
“Jesus, help me to be stuck on your cross. I know that my sins have been nailed there, and I don’t want to forget why I have the privilege of complete forgiveness. Help me to keep the cross at the center of who I am, and the heartbeat of everything I do.”