As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Galatians 6:14a (NLT)
You can’t make this stuff up.
No imagination would portray a god executed by this gruesome, hateful, and dehumanizing method. Even a hero stands bravely before a firing squad or guillotine, head held high. No god hangs from a cross. Never! Gods are powerful, invincible, and victorious. A god worthy of praise rips the nails from his hands and obliterates the enemy! We’d proudly follow that god, right?
Jesus’ crucifixion is a shameful, unimaginable tale, unless it’s true. (tweet this)
Paul boasted about nothing except the cross. A motley crew of fishermen and an ostracized government bully became international ambassadors proclaiming this crucified God. Hundreds of people saw the resurrected Jesus with their own eyes, were changed forever, and told everyone they could.
Shockingly, Jesus absorbed the worst evil humanity could dish out, yet He prayed from the cross saying “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:33-34). Who willingly suffers and dies like that on behalf of others? Who forgives His killers even as they execute Him? Who loves so deeply? Only Jesus. Only God. The cross is something to brag about.
Believe it. No one would make this stuff up.
Unbelievers think the world “can give them what they want, and that they won’t have to bother believing a Truth they can’t see. They’re stone-blind to the dayspring brightness of the Message that shines with Christ, who gives us the best picture of God we’ll ever get.” (2 Cor. 4:4, MSG)
In this time of uncertainty, we can be certain of Jesus. (tweet this)
Jesus loves us. He is our confident hope. Jesus is Lord of all. The one who knows suffering is with us during this pandemic. Ask Him to share His strength and endurance. Lean on His promise: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20).
Let’s encourage one another: What gives you hope?
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