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The Cross

5:02 PM Deborah Crawford 1 Comments Category :


What are you carrying on your shoulders? No, I’m not asking what you are physically carrying. Think in spiritual terms. What is it that you’re holding onto? Are there any feelings or emotions that are bearing down on your soul? Is there anything you are carrying that is weighing you down? 

Life presents us with many challenges and sometimes the greatest are with the people around us. Some relationships may be a blessing while others produce continued dispute. Situations may occur in certain relationships that create feelings of anger, bitterness, hatred, and unforgiveness. Sometimes those negative reactions take root within a heart before it’s realized. 
Take a moment to consider your life and the people involved. Is everything running as smoothly as a well-oiled machine or are there surface scatches, damaged parts, maybe even frayed wiring? Are you so hurt that you operate your life by simply going through the motions? Have you held on to a negative emotion for so long that you’ve failed to recognize its force in your life?  If you are carrying anything other than the cross of Christ, you are weighed down and overburdened. 
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)  

Jesus went to the cross carrying all of our burdens and sins. Can you imagine how grueling that was? We might be able to slightly comprehend carrying someone else’s burden, but I don’t believe we can even begin to understand the love it takes to shoulder everyone’s sins and burdens while dying on a cross. Yet Jesus’ love for God’s creation and His faithfulness to the Father’s plan secured the victory over sins, burdens, even death. Therefore, all we need to do is lay down the troubles we carry and exchange them for the cross of Christ. That cross bridges the gap between our relationship with God and our relationship with His people. When we’ve accepted the work of Christ’s cross in our own lives, we are set free to powerfully lift it high for all others to see, and God’s glory fills the earth.
Below is a hymn that captured my heart many years ago. It was a song we sang frequently in the Lutheran church. Allow the words to steep in your mind until they have saturated your soul. As you repeat the words, concentrate on the cross and the freedom it offers. If you have completely accepted Jesus, your burden-bearer, and received His rest, then shoulder that cross and lift it high for all those around you to see.

Lift High The Cross
Words: George W. Kitchin (1827-1912); Modified by Michael R. Newbolt, 1916.
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim, Till all the world adore His sacred Name. 1. Come, brethren, follow where our Captain trod, our King victorious, Christ the Son of God.
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim, Till all the world adore His sacred Name. 2. Led on their way by this triumphant sign, The hosts of God in conquering ranks combine.
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim, Till all the world adore His sacred Name. 3. Each newborn servant of the Crucified bears on the brow the seal of Him Who died.
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim, Till all the world adore His sacred Name. 4. This is the sign which Satan's legions fear and angels veil their faces to revere.
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim, Till all the world adore His sacred Name. 5. Saved by this Cross whereon their Lord was slain, the sons of Adam their lost home regain.
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim, Till all the world adore His sacred Name. 6. From north and south, from east and west they raise in growing unison their songs of praise.
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim, Till all the world adore His sacred Name. 7. O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree, as thou hast promised, draw the world to thee.
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim, Till all the world adore His sacred Name. 8. So shall our song of triumph ever be: Praise to the Crucified for victory. 
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim, Till all the world adore His sacred Name. 9. Let every race and every language tell of Him who saves our souls from death and hell. 
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim, Till all the world adore His sacred Name. 10.From farthest regions let their homage bring, and on His Cross adore their Savior King. 
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim, Till all the world adore His sacred Name. 11.Set up Thy throne, that earth's despair may cease beneath the shadow of its healing peace. 
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim, Till all the world adore His sacred Name. 12.For Thy blest Cross which doth for all atone creation's praises rise before Thy throne.
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim, Till all the world adore His sacred Name.

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  1. Now we know how important it is to consider the cross. Now we know why it burdens your heart when you don't see it in places of worship. I just love our Lutheran Heritage in songs of deliverance!

    Sharon Adele

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