As Holy Week begins, it seems fitting to be reminded of the significance of the cross.
I heard that some hymnals have removed all the songs that refer to the cross or to the blood of Jesus. If that’s true (and I have no proof that it is), they would be gutting the whole faith. Without the cross, there would be no resurrection. Without the cross and the resurrection, Christianity would be just another belief system, truly one of many.
The cross is what makes Christianity unique. No other faith rests upon the Son of God giving His life for everyone.
A few weeks ago, we sang in church, “The cross reminds my heart to trust Your faithfulness and love will always be enough.”
As I sang those words, I looked at the wooden cross on the wall at the front of the sanctuary. It’s a large, sturdy cross and the thought came to my mind, “The crossbar of that cross is strong enough to support a lot of weight.” And I knew once again this truth:
The cross is strong enough for all my cares. My hurts, my pain, my disappointments, my rejections, my doubts, my fears.
It’s not the physical cross, of course, that’s strong, but the symbolic one. Whatever you’re dealing with, whatever your past, or whatever future you’re facing, you can put it all on the Cross of Jesus, and He will carry it for you.
Another song, Mercy Me’s Flawless, sums up the strength of the cross:
No matter the hurt, no matter the pain…the cross has made you flawless.
Easter is a geat time to let Jesus take your burdens. Perhaps 1 Peter 5:7 says it best: “Throw all your worry on him, because he cares for you” (ISV).
The cross of Jesus can bear the weight.