Posted by: morgan1965 | March 10, 2013

Encountering Jesus at the Cross

We are on the Lenten journey and we are making our way to the cross. What has your journey been like thus far on the way? Do you have your eyes fixed on the cross of Jesus? Remember, it is at the cross where we meet Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Even though one knows Jesus, one still goes to the cross to encounter Jesus in a new and fresh way. God’s fresh beginning starts at the cross.

As I was meditating today, I thought about one of the old hymns of the church, “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” [The United Methodist Hymnal, #295]. The first verse goes this way:

“In the cross of Christ I glory,
Towering o’er the wrecks of time;
All the light of sacred story
Gathers round its head sublime.”

There is joy in the cross. The joy is couched in the reality that we serve a Risen Savior. This Jesus loves us and takes care of us. This Jesus saves us from our sins. Now that is something to get excited about.

The author of this hymn, John Bowering, characterizes life in the fourth verse:

“Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,
By the cross are sanctified;
Peace is there that knows no measure,
Joys that through all time abide.”

Too often we place our focus on the bane and pain, rather than the blessing and pleasure. We have a good God who cares for us in the midst of all life situations, the best of times, and the worst of times. No matter what the time, God is with us. Is not that exciting?

Somehow, the pilgrim disciple looks for the cross at all times. It is at the cross that we encounter Jesus in the midst of our “bane and pain,” our “blessing and pleasure.” I am always looking for the cross of Jesus.

This hymn, “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” takes me back to my childhood. It takes me back to the place where I first began; at the cross. I remember the stories and sermons that I heard about the cross. Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow! Amen

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