I attended an event called “Men at the Cross” a couple of years ago, and it was one of the most powerful presentations of the power of the cross I have ever witnessed. Joe White narrated a story as another man built a wooden cross out of large post with an axe, a hammer, and some large spikes. Upon completing this cross several men then held it up for all of us to see. Joe then told us about a plain white card that was located in our bags we had received upon arrival, and then told us to write down our prayers, our struggles, and our concerns and then carry them to the foot of the cross and lay them down. At first there was a little apprehension to stand up and walk to that cross, but then I witnessed something amazing. I watched as over 1000 men stood up one by one and took their cards to the cross. As they lay them down at the cross I then saw some men begin to pick them up and nail them to the cross. What a powerful representation of what Jesus did over 2000 years ago when he nailed our sins to the cross of Calvary and gave us salvation through His blood.
So, why is it that we carry around our burdens each and every day? Isn’t it about time to take those daily struggles, sicknesses, relationships, jobs, school, and bills, and nail them to a cross that has the power to forgive, and restore our lives? For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1st Corinthians 1:18)
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2nd Corinthians 4:7-9)
Even though our bodies are compared to brittle clay jars in this text, we have the ability to fill them with a great treasure. If your clay jar is empty, then it will not take much pressure to cave it in and destroy it, but if you have placed your faith in Jesus “the treasure,” you have a filling that will be able to hold up under any pressure from the outside and it will always be able to sustain you.
The cross is not meant to be an insurance policy that allows you go and do whatever you want and get away with it. The cross is about loving sacrifice, forgiveness, and restoration. It has the power to take an old dirty sinner like me and change him from the inside out. It has the power to take your ailments and turn them into your victories, it has the power to take your mundane relationships and turn them into the Godly marriages they should be. There is so much more to the cross than most of us realize, all that needs to be done, is to understand it and rely on it fully.
From now on when you think about that cross, remember the power behind it, remember the man who hung on it, and know your troubles can be nailed to it.
God bless you all and have a great week in the Lord.