The Cross – You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Jesus crucifixionAs 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?

Explore these other posts for reassurance that you are worth dying for and for reassurance that Jesus hears your prayers.

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  1. J.D. Wininger on March 31, 2020 at 7:45 AM

    Amen! I’ve often wondered “What would I sacrifice for someone I love?” Many soldiers and warriors sacrificed their lives for our nation. A husband (at least this one) will gladly sacrifice their life for their spouse. A parent (most I know anyway) would lay down their life to save the life of their child. Would I want to give up my life for something or someone that wasn’t real? Would I be willing to give up my life for someone who saved mine? I pray many of us will answer this last question in the affirmative; before it’s too late. Wonderful post ma’am. Thank you!

    • CathyChung on March 31, 2020 at 11:42 AM

      I think lots of people struggle with the mystery and intangible nature of Jesus. You don’t know what you’re missing until you’ve tried it, right?

  2. Marilyn Nutter on March 31, 2020 at 10:52 AM

    Absolutely–we can’t make this stuff up? And would I ever imagine sacrificing my children? It was great love and the only way. You are correct-the only certainty in these uncertain times is Jesus.

    • CathyChung on March 31, 2020 at 11:45 AM

      I’m not sure I’d considered the absurdity of inventing a story like ours that would last 2000+ years and change lives all that time. For me this lends to its certainty. Hope you are staying healthy.

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