Bearing the Cross
This picture of Jesus says so much. We can see the blood from the crown of thorns that shows the burden of being the king of all mankind. When we look at the cross we see our sin being carried to death with our savior. He was flogged, beaten and then nailed to this cross all because He loved us and wanted us to be with Him in heaven. We are called to pick up our cross and carry it daily. This meaning of this phrase has always eluded me. Once I think I have the meaning, it seems incomplete. The basic definition that I can come up with is that we are called to choose to follow Jesus daily and in doing so we have to die to ourselves and allow Jesus to work through us. So daily we have to carry ourselves to the death of our physical body and be born again to a spiritual life. Jesus died on the cross so that we would have this option and we need to choose it daily. How the words, “forgive them Father, for they do not know what they do,” echo in my mind. I do stray from this choice and go back to my physical self, but when I hear these words, I die and ask the father to let me return to a life of meaning. We can only do this because Jesus allowed himself to be nailed to a cross. His blood shed on this earth covers over all of us when we accept Him into our hearts. It is like we are covered with an umbrella and even though the rain still comes down, we can choose not to feel the effects of it. We can choose to feel happy, even when the world seems to be crashing down around us, because we have a different hope. We have Jesus who in dying for us, gave us the hope of heaven. So do not be saddened or troubled, die to the world and join Jesus in the spiritual one. The one filled with joy and meaning, not the one filled with death and despair. Choose to pick up your cross!