After each time of reflection, another person carried the cross yet it was the last rotation that brought the message home. A young girl, no more than four years in age carried the cross with the help of her Grandmother.
Her first words, “Mom, this is heavy.”
“I know honey; imagine how Jesus must have felt. And He didn’t have anyone to help Him carry the cross He did it all by Himself. Do you remember why Jesus had to carry the cross?”
“Yes Mommy, He died for our sins, all the things we’ve done wrong.”
Then silence and the little girl carried that cross with a smile on her face the entire way because she was doing it for Jesus. Of course, her Grandmother had the bulk of the weight yet the message was proclaimed loud and clear:
* The innocence of this young child mirrors the image of an innocent Jesus
* “This is heavy.” The burden of sin is heavy yet Jesus carried your sin, and mine to the cross to save us.
* “I get to carry Jesus’ cross!” We should be as excited each day.
Today I challenge you to read the Scriptures below, listen to the worship song, and spend a few minutes to reflect. God gave His One and Only Son and His Son, gave His life for us.
If you live in the Mexico School District (New York), there is a community “Good Friday” service at 7 p.m. The North Mexico United Methodist Church is hosting this year. Directions: Route 104 (in Mexico) and go to the stop light at Stewart’s, turn to go north on State Route 3 for 3.1 miles to Kranz Road, turn left. The church is on your right, Church Road.
What can you give Jesus today? If you have a message of healing, hope, and/or God’s Word to share with others reading today, I invite you to post below.
- Augustus William Hare
1 John 3:16 NIV