This month, Christians all over the world will contemplate Jesus’ final steps as He made His way to the cross. His humiliation and suffering have broken our hearts, but just beneath the surface lay the expectation of what we knew was coming HE IS RISEN!
The resurrection was Jesus’ destiny – but so was the cross. Jesus came as the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world. But the cross is also God’s ordained destiny for believers. It’s the only way to deal with sin. When Jesus died at Calvary, He bore the punishment for our sins so that everyone who believes in Him can be forgiven and declared “Not guilty!” However, salvation doesn’t remove our old sinful thought patterns and desires.
What Jesus did in removing the penalty of sin, we must each do personally to overcome the power of sin in our lives. But the cross is the last place we want to go. It not only brings pain, but the road leads through Gethsemane, where we have to say to God, “Not my will, but Yours be done.”
Once we nail those old fleshly cravings to the cross, they’ll start to lose their appeal, and our hearts will begin to find new delight in obeying the Lord. Just as Jesus was raised from the dead that first Easter morning, we, too, will find vibrant life and victory beyond our Golgotha!