#1250 – The Cross

Good morning people who take their hurts to God

(By David McCracken)

Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

When Jesus took His wounds to the cross, they became redemptive.

When our wounds are taken to the cross, they also become redemptive.

With the application of the cross our wounds know God’s healing and become scars that give hope of healing to others.

But what is “The Cross”. (for you and I)

Matthew 16:24 (NKJV) Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

“The Cross” is the “denial of self”.

It is living life with a changed motivation and focus. Our focus goes from self-focus to a focus on others, from selfish to selfless. In denying our humanity’s cry for vindication or retribution, we allow the Holy Spirit to bring about an inner transformation out of which we then minister to others.

It is a joy to know His healing and it is an even greater joy to know that nothing in life has been wasted. Every dark moment can be redeemed to become a testimony of hope.

I rejoice in God’s redemptive grace.

(Today’s BIY written by David McCracken)