The cross changed the entire projection of humanity, and yet it is something we often get so used to seeing that we forget its power.
We see crosses everywhere: in pictures, tattoos, along the interstate, in jewelry, churches, etc. I think we have become so comfortable seeing the cross that we forget what an unbelievable act it was.
If you have kids, you’ll completely understand. God sent His ONLY Son to Earth, knowing He would be crucified and sent to hell for three days. He knew Jesus would pass the test, but can you just imagine doing that with your only baby? It’s truly unfathomable to even think of.
I think we so easily forget the true power in what Jesus accomplished in His short 33 years on this earth.
I thank God for the cross every day in my gratitude/prayer journal. Without that rugged, wooden cross, we wouldn’t have the Holy Spirit or the example and understanding of Jesus, and life would be completely different. He changed the trajectory of the universe. Two pieces of wood caused so much pain to a man who changed everything.
Jesus was God but He was also man so He experienced the things we experience daily: temptation, heartache, ridicule, judgement, betrayal, laughter, joy, hard work, and every other human emotion.
The cross is the most important act in history. It made a way when there was no way. Can you imagine being able to do anything you wanted, yet holding back any sort of “revenge” in order to fulfill scripture?
The cross taught us how to love. It taught us how to sacrifice the flesh. It taught us which way to go and who to put our trust in. It taught us that even Satan couldn’t stop the plans God had for His people.
We don’t serve a God who is far off and distant from our struggles. We serve one who went through the things we do. And actually, much worse, because most of us won’t be crucified for our faith.
So when you see a cross, remember the true power and life-change it holds. And remember that whatever you are going through in this very moment, Jesus really does understand it all. Then remember He died on that cross so your struggles are only temporary and that we have the hope of Heaven to hold on to.
The rainbow will always come after the storm. Keep picking up and holding on to your cross daily. God will always have the final say and the victory!!
Hannah Smith, author of the Moving Mountains blog, is a woman who feels she has experienced a lot of life in her 30 years.
At 19 years old, Hannah joined the Army. After moving around the country, getting a divorce and losing what seemed like everything, she landed back where God wanted her in Ohio, even though she fought the whole way. She is now in charge of the prayer team at her church and seeks the Lord with all she’s got.
Hannah is married and a RN, but works as a stay-at-home mom to her daughter, Isabella, and her son, Grayson.
She loves to hike, travel, drink coffee, and talk about Jesus. Hannah also has a heart to create a home and life in which she can be a safe place for the hurting and the broken.
To her readers, Hannah says, “I believe that God set every single one of you reading this apart, for such a time as this. It is my hope and prayer that God would use the words I say to change your life in a way you and I never thought possible!”