Published 3/31/2009

Shelia Shares....
"Thankful for the Cross"

During this Easter season, we often reflect on the cross. We reflect on what Jesus really did for us on the cross. We reflect on the impact it has made on our lives.

At the scene of the cross, Jesus was ridiculed for not saving Himself.

Matthew writes that as people passed by they said, "You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.'

Not only was it a taunt, it was a challenge to whether Jesus could possibly be the Son of God.

Likewise the chief priests, the scribes and elders mocked Him, saying, "He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, `I am the Son of God.' '

How difficult it is to not defend yourself when you are wrongly accused. In His humanity, Jesus must have felt those feelings of wanting to prove that He was who He said He was. He could have done whatever He wanted to do. The power was within Jesus.

However, it was only through losing Himself to death, that He could save us. What the religious leaders were saying was basically right. He did save others; Himself he "will not" save. It was a choice that Jesus Christ made for us.

I Corinthians 1 says, "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."

I am thankful for the cross. I am thankful that Jesus Christ was willing to stay on the cross to His death. I am thankful I serve a risen Savior.

- Shelia

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