I would love for you to watch my video before you read my post. Go walking with me beside the Sabine Lake on the Texas coast. Find out what my story about weed-whacking has to do with the white cross and what it means to me.
Did you know there is a growing number of atheists who are taking their faith very seriously? And there are some passionate among the unbelievers who are using the media to their best advantage…to actively engage the world in this gospel of untruth. Their goal…to rid the world of the scourge of Christianity. In their minds, Jesus followers are not only gullible, and stupid, but are dangerous to the future of society. Therefore, there are active campaigns all over the Internet with very logical, intelligent sounding discussions, refuting that beautiful name of Jesus.
There is an organized society called Freedom From Religion, that has taken it upon themselves to make sure all religious icons are removed from public property. In one of our local parks, a white cross has stood for 45 years. This atheist organization is pressuring the city to remove it. Our community has responded by posting white crosses in our front yards as a peaceful protest to this request, thanks to an area business that gives these crosses out free. I took a walk on my street and took a picture of all the crosses just on my one street. This silent protest is happening throughout my community.
Let me tell you what the white cross in my yard means to me.
I believe that more than just torture and death happened on that cross. Yes, it hurt physically. Yes. But there was something else at work there. A burden was borne. A great weight. As if every man, woman, and child climbed on His bleeding back. And once He steadied Himself with the heaviness of the world, He noticed He was alone.
For isn’t hell the absence of God?
This is what I believe was happening in the garden. Not just distress over the coming pain, but absolute anguish of even one moment without His Father. Crushed with grief over this death for billions. Grief experienced without the tiniest fragment of sin. Pure, beautiful, agonizing submission to His Father’s will.
The scriptures say that His Father heard His prayer in the garden, and an angel was dispatched to strengthen His son. Have you ever wondered how the Savior of the world gets strengthened? This is my imagination at work y’all, but I think the angels showed Jesus family pictures.
Because after all, this cross was all about love.
What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone. God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation. Hebrews 2:9-10 NLT
Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. Hebrews 2:14-15 NLT
Pictures: + the controversial white cross found in one of our local parks, ++my bridal veil bush that is in full bloom. This bush only blooms for a couple of weeks and then it is gone until next year.
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