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The message the Cross

Written by Richelle Lewis-Castine on .

I CORINTHIANS 1:18

“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”

People of faith all over the world are gearing up to celebrate Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday. It always reminds me of newness and freshness and vitality.

It seems the older I get the more I appreciate the significance of what this season brings to me as a believer. Not just the new dress and shoes of my childhood but the newness of reflection of my relationship with God because of the sacrifice of Jesus.  

There are many angles or areas of focus we can use for celebration or observation during this time. I believe that if we focus only on the gathering of the palms to hang in our homes or our cars, we miss the fullness of the occasion. Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem before His crucifixion paints a clear picture of determination, perseverance and purpose.

Jesus was determined to fulfill the command of the Father. His mission was set and there was no looking back. Even facing the weight of the cross Jesus pressed to complete the assigned task.

But how many times have we stopped and retreated because the load was too heavy or the fire too hot? We must understand that no journey is complete until we reach the place we started out for. I wonder how many projects and assignments go half done.

The message of the cross and the message of Palm Sunday are messages of completeness and fulfillment. Without them we would be still lost in our sins.

Jesus came to save us from our sins.

Not completing the assignments given to us means that we have not taken our Christian journey serious. The newness and freshness of Palm and Resurrection Sundays gives us an opportunity to take spiritual inventory and purpose in our hearts to do better.

Prayer and fasting, reading and studying, reflection and meditation will help us to know what we need to do and how we should go about getting it done.  

If we follow the directions of God and keep our focus on the cross instead of the crowd we won’t be like those folk in Jerusalem who on Sunday cried “Hosanna” and by the end of the week cried “Give us Barabbas.” The world is ever changing but the message remains the same…without the finished work of Jesus we are hopeless in a dark sinful world.

Embrace the freshness and the vitality of Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday by renewing our mission and purpose within the Body of Christ. Our witness for Him is what matters most.

Keep focused...keep praying. Keep trusting the message of the cross.

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