Me: That is a beautiful cross!
Prodigal: I thought so too!
Me: I was just reading and I found some encouraging thoughts about the cross
Charles Spurgeon in his book Joy In Christ’s Presence he talks about the cross and our sin
My heart looks back to the time when I was under a sense of sin, when I sought with all my soul to find peace but could not discover it, high or low, in any place beneath the sky. Yet, when I saw One hanging on a tree as the Substitute for sin, then my heart “sat down under his shadow with great delight.” I began to reason in this way: Did Jesus suffer in my place? Then I will not suffer punishment. Did He bear my sin? Then I do not bear it. Did God accept His Son as my Substitute? Then He will never strike me down. Was Jesus acceptable to God as my Sacrifice? Then what contents the Lord should certainly content me. Consequently, I will go no farther, but I will sit down “under his shadow” and enjoy a delightful rest.
We are not under condemnation because Jesus made that atonement for our sins. Sometimes we need to stop, breath and remember the details of the cross and what they mean in our everyday life. I know I need to be reminded of the gospel!
Jesus said to him, “I am the way , and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Jennifer Van Allen