“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God,” (Hebrews 12:2 KJV).
Imagine, if you will, Jesus walking on this Earth. Imagine all the times He spoke to His disciples, all the times He healed the sick, made the lame walk and the blind to see, all the times He ate dinner with sinners, He knew He would be going to the Cross. He knew He would be dying for an ungrateful world.
He knew that, even us who are Believers, who have accepted Christ, would some days not appreciate it.
He knew that unbelievers would claim He didn’t exist and want all reminders of Him removed from our schools and public building, that Believers in Him would be killed for saying they believe in Him.
And yet…He went to the Cross. He went to the Cross to provide salvation for all who would Believe. He provided it for the whole world, everyone past, present and future.
He held out His Gift and offered it to the world. The gift of eternal life. Yet many don’t accept. They don’t accept that they can’t earn salvation on their own. They don’t accept that God would send His Son to die for the sins of a fallen world.
He knew all this, and yet He still went to the Cross to pay for our sins. He loved us that much that even though, some would not accept, He still die to provide the Gift anyway.
Too many times, I think that we, as Believers, take what Christ did at the Cross way too lightly. We don’t keep our eyes focused on it. We don’t keep our eyes on what He did and what He finished for us at the Cross.
This event and His resurrection should not just be a story in a book or a historical event that occurred. No, it has to be real to us. We have to experience it and know that we know that we know, Jesus died for us.
When the Israelites were bitten by snakes in the wilderness, God told Moses to erect a bronze serpent on a pole. If the Israelites kept their focus on the brass serpent, they lived (Numbers 21:9).
In the same way, when we look at Jesus on the Cross, we live. We live life Christ-centered instead of us centered.