Be Ready For A Cross

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“Each day of your life, be ready for a cross.”
- Walter Burghardt

I cannot get that admonishment out of my head today. There is something about it that speaks to me with great intention.

Each day of my life, specifically today, I need to be ready for a cross. I am not always sure what that cross will be each day, but I do want to be ready for it. I want to know that I will be so ready for it that I would take it up and enter into it.

Will it be to choose the seat of less honor at a table of honor? Will it be in the form of turning the other cheek? Will it look like loving the overlooked and cast aside? Will it look like giving away what little I have in order to actually give my all? Will it look like standing up for the one everyone else is against?

I have no idea what cross awaits me today. I have no idea what cross I am to take up today, but I do know the call on my day to be ready. It is the same call I had yesterday, and I suspect the same call on my tomorrow and all the rest of my tomorrows.

On weeping for Jesus' Cross

In our remembrance of the Passion of Christ, what do we mourn? What brings us sadness? I wonder if it is the same thing Jesus would have us mourn and be sad over. Do we still get sad for Jesus; do we do as Christ tells the Daughters of Jerusalem in Luke 23 on his way up the hill to Golgotha? "But Jesus turning to them said, 'Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children." (vs 28)

Do we weep for Christ at Easter or our remembrance of the cross throughout the year? Or... Do we weep for ourselves and the condition of the world? Do we weep for CHrist when we remember the cross (which he did conquer), or do we weep for the condition our own hearts are still in?

On "Not the Jesus I believe in"

notmyjesusThere is common reminder that Jesus was not the messiah they expected to see, but not much has changed in history. So many people have an idea of what they think a king, a god, a messiah should look like and do.

Even while Jesus hung on the cross in Matthew 27, people passed by "hurling abuse at HIm, wagging their heads and saying, 'You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross." So when Jesus is doing all those things in a different way than they think He should, they deny Him as king and true God.

IT is still the same today. They mock and ridicule Jesus for not being what they assume He should be. We do not get to define what Jesus should be or do. Yet, this is what believers and non-believers alike will consistently do. We need only accept Christ as He has presented himself to us in Scripture.