Tomorrow is Good Friday, the day we remember and reflect on what Jesus did for us on the cross. And although Jesus willingly gave His life to bring salvation to all people (John 3:16), all people do not respond to His sacrifice on the cross in the same way.
- Ridicule, Mocking, Insults – On that first Good Friday, most of the people that stood beneath the cross scorned Jesus and His act of love (Luke 23:35-39). Not much has changed since then. The majority still reject Him. The “intellectuals” proudly claim that faith in a suffering Savior is for weak-minded people who need a crutch. The politicians demand we keep Christ and His cross out of the public sphere. The sad thing is, they “do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). They reject the only way of salvation (John 14:6).
- Stay Stuck – Every sinner must come to the foot of the cross. There we receive the forgiveness Christ bought for us with His blood (Romans 5:8-9). Yet too many believers plant themselves there. Like young children who cling to the bottle, they never grow up in their faith (1 Corinthians 3:1-4; Hebrews 5:11-14). They want salvation without surrender and heaven without holiness.
- Pick it up and Carry it – Jesus calls us to the kind of faith that requires us to pick up our own cross. “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it” (Luke 9:23-24). This is how Jesus describes true discipleship. We follow His example of complete obedience to the Father and surrender our will completely to His. Ironically, it’s only in “losing” our life that we truly find real life.
How have you responded to the cross? If you’ve never trusted in Christ’s sacrifice for the forgiveness of your sins, do it today! If you’ve been washed clean by His blood, but are stuck in spiritual immaturity, commit to pick up your cross and follow Him (Galatians 2:20). Don’t settle for your best life now. Commit to Jesus’ best life for you always!
How do you need to respond to the cross today?
“Do you want your best life now? Or do you want Jesus’ best life always? Pick up your cross and follow Him. Luke 9:23″ Click to Tweet
“Some believers plant themselves at the foot of the cross and never pick theirs up to grow in spiritual maturity. Gal 2:20″ Click to Tweet