“Your right hand upholds me!”
She was fuming.
“I hate God,
and if I could, I would smash his face
This was the reaction of a young girl
a Bergmann movie
when she got to know of her boyfriend’s
in a traffic accident.
The cross shocks us.
Normally our reaction is flawed.
Some rebel and get angry.
If God was really good,
He would hand me a better deal,
He would not have allowed this tragedy.
Others resign themselves.
“what can we do, we have to swallow
“Let us suffer here so that we can
This borders on blasphemy.
Because Jesus Christ suffered precisely
that we do not suffer.
Others try to alienate themselves as
Work, house cleaning, devotions, a
They keep themselves busy so as not
The Christian is different.
He does not need to resign himself,
or to rebel
or to alienate himself
The Christian does what Jesus Christ
told him to do
He takes up his cross.
What does this mean?
It means accepting reality the way
Even if he would have liked it otherwise.
It means accepting history the way
Even if apparently it is obnoxious.
the Christian does not hesitate to
reality as it is.
Because he knows,
- he has experienced it many times
that Jesus Christ will shoulder the
of removing the sting from the cross.
When accepted, the cross does not destroy.
On the contrary, it gives an inner
that is amazing.
Many Christians discovered God in the
Many Christians found out that when
took up the cross,
the cross became lighter.
Not only it did not crush them
on the contrary it lifted them up.
They discovered that they were not
Someone else was carrying it for them!
In front of the evil one who utilizes
to convince us that God is an ogre
that God has ignored us
that in life we are alone
Christians have a serious answer:
No, it is not true that the cross is
that God does not love me
Rather it is precisely the cross which
showing me the shining face of the
I do not understand why God is permitting
But I know that God will provide
because He cares for me.
As He provided a ram for Abraham as
about to sacrifice his only son Isaac
- that was a really big cross -
He always makes available the Lamb
Jesus Christ Himself
who comes constantly to our rescue.
In Jesus Christ, God has exalted and
He removed the sting… and so the cross
not hurt us any more.
So, why does God permit the cross in
Because He loves me.
Because I need it.
Because He wants to keep me in place.
Because it is the only means that can
me to Him at the moment.
Yes, even the cross is a kiss -
A kiss of love from my God.
“Isaac spoke to his father Abraham: ‘Father!’
‘Yes, my son’ he replied.
‘Look,’ he said ‘here are the fire
wood, but where is the lamb
for the burnt offering?’
Abraham answered ,‘My son, God himself
provide the lamb for the burnt offering’.
Then the two of them went on together…
Looking up, Abraham saw a ram caught
horn in a bush.
Abraham took the ram and offered it
as a burnt-offering in place of his
Abraham called this place ‘Yahweh provides’,
and hence the saying today:
On the mountain Yahweh provides."
(Genesis 22. 7-8,13-14)
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