Every single sin that I have ever committed Jesus died on the cross for. He died for all of my lies, greed, gluttony, broken promises, hate, lust, envy, fear, drunkenness, judging, addictions, selfishness, gossip, cheating, prejudice, laziness, and pride.
He hung on that cross feeling all of the shame and the pain that should be mine. When they came to get Him to torture Him He did not hide in fear. He was not afraid of the pain he would have to bear. He took it all every single bit of it, to save my life. How do I go about my life ignoring what He did? He put on the garments of my sins and wore them for all the world to see.
It’s hard to think about His suffering isn’t it? For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son and whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
That’s a huge gift He gave me. It’s the biggest gift anyone could give anyone ever. How do I repay that gift? Do I show my thankfulness in my actions? Do I take up my cross daily? Do I show Him to the world in the way I live? Do I wear his kindness, compassion, caring, honesty, kept promises, goodness and generosity? Do I wear Him as he wore me? Do I show Him to others in everything I do? Or do I keep it a secret? Do I worry about what others may think of me because I chose Him? Will I worry about the suffering I may have to bear for choosing Jesus?
What would have happened if Jesus had been afraid of the shame and suffering He would have to bear? What if He had hid? What if He had not stepped up for me? What if He had not stepped up for you?
Mark 8:34-35 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.