Hope Found at the Cross

I’ve been reading through the Bible chronologically this year. And I must confess, the books of Numbers and Deuteronomy can leave a person feeling bogged down. As I have read through all the laws God gave His people, my spirit has cried out for hope. I mean, have you ever thought about trying to follow all those rules?

This morning, I came across this verse, “Anyone who is hung on a tree is cursed in the sight of God.” (Deuteronomy 21:23) As soon as I read those words, my spirit jumped!  Hope was tucked in between all of these laws. You see, Jesus suffered through death, so we wouldn’t have to experience God’s wrath. He was hung on a tree and took the punishment for every law-breaker—including you and me!

Sometimes in the busyness of life, I forget just how critical Christ’s death on the cross was to my freedom. If He hadn’t died, I wouldn’t have a relationship with God and neither would you. As a result of His death, God’s wrath was satisfied and we walk away free. (Romans 5:9-10).

So, how do we remind ourselves of the hope that is found in the cross of Christ?

  • Set aside some time for solitude. Read through the story of the crucifixion several times. (John 19).
  • Wear a cross necklace. When I notice my cross necklace throughout the day, I remind myself to whisper a prayer of thanksgiving.
  • Memorize Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Ask the Holy Spirit to move this truth from your head down into your heart.
  • Do some research on the practice of crucifixion in ancient history. Spend some time thinking about what Jesus experienced because He loved you.
  • Try Labyrinth prayer. Many churches offer the Labyrinth prayer experience during the Easter season. This type of prayer experience allows you to consider what might hinder your journey to a deeper relationship with God. As you journey through the Labyrinth, you will contemplate the magnitude of God’s grace.
  • Listen to worship music that celebrates the cross of Christ and spend time praising Him for His great sacrifice.

Questions for Personal Reflection

  1. Imagine you are one of Jesus’ followers, watching Him be crucified. Describe the scene; the sights, the sounds, and the smells. What are you feeling?
  2. During the crucifixion Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). What do you think Jesus was feeling emotionally at this point? Why would God the Father abandon His own son?
  3. How does the cross bring hope to you personally?

Today, reflect on how critical Christ’s death on the cross was for us, and thank Him for suffering through the death we deserved.

About Becky Harling

Becky Harling is a frequently-sought-after speaker and the author of Finding Calm in Life’s Chaos, Rewriting Your Emotional Script, and Freedom from Performing. In addition to her speaking and writing ministry, Becky serves as a women’s ministry consultant, a spiritual […]

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  1. allow me to share this with my fellowship friends

  2. The rapture is September 23!

    Revelation 3:20
    Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

    John 1:12
    But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

    Romans 10:9
    That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

    Friend, Jesus Loves you So much. He died for you. He thought about you on the cross

    Please go get on your knees and pray to Jesus. Say Jesus I'm sorry for every wrong I've done. Please Lord forgive me for all of my sins and please come live in me.

    Remember to believe in that prayer. If you truly believe you will be saved. And if you start crying while praying for forgiveness. It's a good sign Jesus is right there with you and has saved you 🙂

    September 23 is the rapture of Christ!!!, Our souls depend on this. An asteroid/meteor impact Will happen after. And the Christians will be took and the sinners left behind. Don't be like the people of Noahs days, they ignored him and God's warning!

    Jesus Loves you!!! I love you too
    Stay blessed and protected In Jesus Almighty Glorious name.

    Please watch the videos below in the links and pray after you watch it that God will reveal it to you too. The third video will explain to you the Bible verse about that day or hour knoweth no man. Remember God gave us literal days to count in Daniel Chapter 12. So He wants us to know when the time is. After the real rapture of Christ. The governments will set up a fake rapture (project blue beam) with demons coming in the disguise as "aliens" to deceive you from believing in Jesus after the real rapture! the pope is involved with his Sept white house appearance. They have the FEMA DEATH CAMPS ready. Look them up you can drive by them perhaps. Be warned in Jesus name!!!

    https://youtu.be/1g0GaGGqzkI

    https://youtu.be/O47r-CCK7Eg

    https://youtu.be/H7FmFiqMcR0

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