Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"Easy Terms"

In the window of one of the more exclusive jewelry stores in New York was an exquisite display of crosses. Some were gold, some platinum, some had diamonds, and others cut jewels. All had expensive price tags. In front of the display was an embossed card stating the words: EASY TERMS.

No doubt the one who prepared the card was unfamiliar with the words of Jesus when he prayed, “If it is possible…let this hour pass.” And again, “Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will.”

Jesus was very familiar with the role of the cross in the punishment of criminals. He certainly would have seen crucifixions as he traveled from one area to another. They were not hidden from sight of those passing by. They were public displays of extreme pain, humiliation, suffering, disgrace and dishonor. He knew what awaited Him and knew there was no other option, even though he asked His Father for a way out.

For Jesus, there were no EASY TERMS. He lived in the shadow of the cross and knowing the price that had to be paid for our salvation. What painful terms.

Prayer: Father, we can never understand the cost of our salvation. Give us grateful hearts as we think of Your cross. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Mark 8:31-38 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. (Read more…)

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