Eyes on the Cross

 

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Today is the day my freedom was won. My ransom was paid in full. Today, I join with Christians around the world to remember the death of Jesus.

For on Good Friday, Jesus willingly suffered and died on the cross to pay the price of my sin.

Today I want to share with you views of the cross from three people who were there. Take a journey with me to see the cross through the eyes of Simon the Cyrene, the criminal hanging next to Jesus, and the centurion who was in charge of Jesus’s execution.

Each man is from a different place, has a different background and views Jesus from a unique perspective. Yet, they all meet Jesus on Good Friday and are changed forever.

Simon the Cyrene believed, and his encounter with Jesus changed his family. The criminal on the cross next to Jesus admitted he was a sinner. And the centurion who watched it all from start to finish, confessed aloud, “Surely, this was the Son of God!”

We will explore Simon’s experience with Jesus at 9 a.m., when Jesus would have been crucified and lifted up at Golgotha. We will meet the criminal and learn about his exchange with Jesus at noon, when the land became covered in darkness as Jesus paid for the sin of the world. Finally, we will see the cross through the centurion’s eyes at 3 p.m., when Jesus gave up His spirit and died.

May we find our life through His death.

Jesus connects me to God (Day 12 of 2 Weeks 2 the Cross)

Digging a hole and burying our sins

Digging a hole and burying our sins

After overseeing Jesus’s crucifixion from start to finish, the centurion proclaims, “Surely this is the Son of God!”

The earth rattled, and the temple veil was torn from top to bottom. Jesus’ death secured my forgiveness and ensured direct connection to God. My sin is paid for, by the precious blood of Jesus.

Connection Icon Day 12: a casket

Connection Icon Day 12: a casket

In Matthew 27:45-54, 57-61, Jesus wins the victory over sin, cries out, and willingly gives up His spirit. It is finished! Jesus’s body is taken down from the cross, and Joseph of Arimathea receives Pilate’s permission to bury Jesus.

That day Jesus was lifted up above the earth, then buried and closed in below the earth. Jesus is placed in a new tomb, and a stone is rolled across the entrance.

Tonight, each family member colored a piece of paper black, symbolizing our sin. We folded it up and went out in the yard. Matt dug a hole, and each of us buried our sin. The kids covered the hole and did a “sin stomp” to pack the dirt back in.

When we ask God to forgive us, He takes our sin and buries it and remembers it no more. Jesus paid for our sins and buried them. They are gone!

Learn more about our 2 Weeks 2 the Cross journey, and join us as we turn our hearts to Jesus this Easter!

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